Update: The Bureau of Land Management responded to public outcry on Wednesday, saying that the department has no current plans to kill the horses and will continue caring for any horses that are not sold at auction. The department has not yet formally replied to the advisory board's proposal, but will do so at its next meeting, Reuters reported.
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A government board just recommended that 45,000 wild horses and burros be killed to make room for beef mega farms - and you're about to pay for it.
Taxpayers would fund the biggest horse slaughter in history, after the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) voted to euthanize of all wild horses and burros in government-run holding facilities throughout the U.S.
Animal advocates are heartbroken by the decision, and are volunteering to help with any alternatives to the killing.