Lawmakers in Wyoming have filed a House joint resolution that aims to legalize the slaughter of wild horses to sell their meat to markets outside the United States.
Wyoming’s new House joint resolution, titled “Wild Horses and Burrows—Best Management Practices,” seeks to amend the “Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burrows Act of 1971,” which essentially grants wild horses the right to roam freely in the United States without harm.
HJ0003 begins by requesting that the United States Congress enact legislation and make other necessary policy changes, and federal land management agencies and agency partners to implement good management practices for wild horses and burros by allowing horse slaughter and processing to accommodate markets within or outside the United States.”
Here is an excerpt from the new bill:
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The bill was sponsored by Rep. John Winter, Dalton Banks, Robert Davis, Chip Nyman, Albert Somores, Sen. Ogden Driskill and Sen. Sponsored by Dan Larsen.
The Powell Tribune reported that Rep. Winter’s intention is to pass the bill because there are “too many horses” and it will “affect sage grouse and other wildlife.”
Winter broadcasts that wild horses are currently costing taxpayers $77 million dollars a year.
The Wyoming Legislature is asking the federal government to allow the roundup and slaughter of wild horses for meat. The bill’s sponsors say horses are “impacting other wildlife” and that current practices cost $77 million a year. /1#Resistance landhttps://t.co/Dk96WASBSO
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While Winter has high hopes for the bill, Jim Magagna, current executive vice president of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, believes the bill will fail in Congress.
Since 2007, horse meat has not been sold legally in the United States, but there have been reports of it being sold on the black market.
Horse meat consumption is legal in several countries, including Switzerland, Belgium, Japan, Mexico, Germany, Kazakhstan, Poland, Indonesia, and China.