facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Law aims to protect wild horses

July 17, 2009 at 11:56 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, July 17 (UPI) -- The House of Representatives Friday approved a bill directing the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to take better care of wild horses and burros on federal land.

The measure passed 239-185, Congressional Quarterly reported. Rep. Nick Rahall II, D-W.Va., head of the Natural Resources Committee, said the measure would save money while preventing the slaughter of thousands of animals.

If the bill becomes law, it would ban the government from slaughtering healthy horses and require efforts to sterilize them to reduce numbers.

The House rejected an amendment by Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., which would have allowed limited slaughter for commercial purposes.

"Republicans are focused on creating the jobs in this country, but this Democratic Congress seems to be more worried about hundreds of millions of dollars for wild horses," Hastings said.

The bureau announced last year that as many as 30,000 horses might have to be slaughtered because of lack of funds.

© 2009 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Merkel urges Putin to withdraw Russian troops from Ukraine Merkel urges Putin to withdraw Russian troops from Ukraine
2
Lindsey Graham fears ISIS will come kill us all, in a not at all hysterical way Lindsey Graham fears ISIS will come kill us all, in a not at all hysterical way
3
Rush Limbaugh: Women actually are consenting when they say 'no' Rush Limbaugh: Women actually are consenting when they say 'no'
4
Venezuela's Socialist Party unveils new prayer 'Our Chavez who art in heaven' Venezuela's Socialist Party unveils new prayer 'Our Chavez who art in heaven'
5
Census: number of Americans living in poverty down, still above 45 million Census: number of Americans living in poverty down, still above 45 million
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback