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Animal rights group wants to give doomed horses to tribes
Idea latest in furor over controversial legislation

Wednesday, January 26, 2005
By SAM LEWIN / NativeTimes.com

An animal rights group hopes to muster support to defeat legislation that they say would result in thousands of wild horses being used as food for Europeans. Rather, the group would like to give those horses to Indian tribes.

The controversy started when Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., sponsored legislation that reversed a longstanding Bureau of Land Management law. For years the BLM required people adopting wild horses to prove over the course of a year that they could adequately care for them before the agency would grant legal ownership. Burns’ legislation allows the bureau to sell horses that are 10 or older, or that have been unsuccessfully offered for adoption three times, without the waiting period.

The law outraged many who worried that the horses could end up in countries like France and Belgium where horse steaks are considered a delicacy.

Burns has defended the measure, saying it is necessary to combat unchecked breeding.

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