Horse slaughter vote

On Capitol Hill, House lawmakers have voted to prevent the government from selling off for slaughter any wild horses and burros that roam public lands in the West.

The vote would restore a 1971 law preventing the Bureau of Land Management from selling the animals for commercial processing.

Supporters describe the animals as American icons and say they are ending up on dinner plates in France and Japan. A critic of the bill said it eliminates a management tool for controlling the horse and burro population.

This is the first of two horse slaughter measures Congress is expected to consider.

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