DENVER (CBS4) – The federal government could be changing what it does with thousands of wild horses spread out across public lands in the western United States.
Budget cuts coming to the Department of Interior and pending litigation that could change a law prohibiting slaughtering is leading many wild horse advocates to speak out.READ MORE: 'All The More Jobs': Sen. John Hickenlooper Aims For More Federal Funding For DIA Projects
Colorado is home to four Bureau of Land Management Herd Management Areas. All are near the Utah boarder.
The BLM estimates Colorado has 1,600 wild horses, but that is twice the recommended number to maintain healthy rangelands.READ MORE: Suzanne Morphew Disappearance: Husband Barry Morphew Now Facing Murder Charges, No Body Found
It’s believed if laws are changed some, if not all, of the 70,000 wild horses in the country could be rounded up and slaughtered.
Advocates say the BLM is misusing money by spending less on herd management and fertility darts that could keep populations in check.
A vote in Washington D.C. has been tabled that could alter if wild horses can be sent to other countries for slaughter, but it could be voted on in the coming weeks.MORE NEWS: Colorado Latinos Celebrate Cinco De Mayo After Disproportionate Impact From COVID
One of the biggest wild horse volunteer groups in Colorado, the Sand Wash Advocate Team, is hosting its largest fundraiser of the year this weekend.