Wild Horse Protection Bill Passed by House Committee

Legislation to outlaw the commercial sale and slaughter of America's wild horses was passed out of the House Natural Resources Committee yesterday (March 7).

H.R. 249 seeks to restore permanent federal protections for wild horses and burros from sale and slaughter for human consumption overseas. The longstanding protections were removed by a rider added to an omnibus spending bill by former U.S. Senator Conrad Burns (R-Mont.) in late 2004.

In Congress' last session, an amendment to protect wild horses was shepherded through by U.S. Reps. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) and Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) and passed in a 249-159 vote.

Reps. Rahall and Whitfield introduced H.R. 249 in January 2007 to reinstate protections permanently.

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