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File - In this Aug. 19, 2004 file photo, a helicopter herds a group of wild horses toward a large V-shaped trap at Devils Garden at the Modoc National Forest, Calif. A federal Bureau of Land Management advisory board meets Monday, April 14, 2014, to discuss how to manage the wild horses and burros on public rangeland throughout the West. Animal-rights activists have often disagreed with the government's approach. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Trump's budget would allow the capture and sale of wild horses for slaughter

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President Trump's budget calls for saving $10 million next year by selling wild horses captured in the West without requiring that buyers guarantee those horses won't be slaughtered, NBC News reported

Animal advocates say that this change in policy would gut almost 50 years of protections for wild horses. 

The same advocates claim that the Trump administration also wants to help livestock keepers who don't want the wild horses competing for forage. 

"This is simply a way to placate a very well-funded and vocal livestock lobby," said Laura Leigh, the president of the nonprofit protection group Wild Horse Education. 

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association and other interested parties have been lobbying the Bureau of Land Management for years to sell wild horses for slaughter to free up space in corrals for other animals. 

The BLM's wild horse budget has more than doubled from $36.2 million in 2008 to $80.4 million in 2017. 

Some are less than thrilled.

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