News broke last week of a Federal report which states that wild horses who were intended to be sold to good homes were instead sold to slaughterhouses in Mexico. According to the report, rancher Tom Davis bought 1,794 horses from the Bureau of Land Management's Wild Horse and Burro Program, and when recently asked by investigators how many of those horses had in turn been resold for slaughter, Davis answered "Probably close to all of them."
According to a recent article published by The Denver Post, "Between 2008 and 2012, Davis spent $17,940 on horses from the BLM." According to a post by The Washington Times, "The wrongful sale also cost taxpayers $140,000 to deliver truckloads of horses to Mr. Davis. He paid $10 a piece for the horses, or less than $18,000 total, and made as much as $154,000 in profits by selling them for slaughter."
The program which was originally designed to control the population of wild herds has been facing issues from all sides over the course of the past ten years. Men like Davis are not alone in their actions, and try as they might the BLM's Wild Horse and Burro Program can't seem to put a stop to the practice altogether. But the bigger question becomes, do they even want to?