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: I-70 Westbound Closed: RV Catches Fire And Rolls Backwards, Ignites Semi Truck Near Genesee
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: Colorado Dog Owners Should Take Careful Steps To Avoid Heat-Related Injuries To Their Pets
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: U.S. News Ranks Children's Hospital Colorado In The Top 10 For Pediatric Facilities In The Nation
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.