February 12, 1997 in Nation/World

Blm Moves Controversial Horse Program

Associated Press

Management of a federal program intended to protect wild horses and burros but accused of allowing many of them to be abused or even slaughtered has been moved from Nevada to Washington, D.C.

The Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday reassigned management of the U.S. Wild Horse and Burro Program from Reno to BLM national headquarters, effective immediately.

The Associated Press reported last month that of the 165,000 animals the $16 million-a-year program has corralled since it began 25 years ago, BLM officials don’t know what has happened to more than 32,000 that were adopted.

Wild Horse and Burro Program chief Thomas Pogacnik has estimated that 90 percent of the animals eventually land in North American slaughterhouses.

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