Wild horse round-up challenged

May 18, 2006

A planned round-up of wild horses in a forest in New Mexico is being challenged by a horse protection group.

The US Forest Service wants the herd of 200 in Carson National Forest reduced to 105, and intends capturing 75 of the horses.

However, the Wild Horse Observers Association fears that older horses that cannot be adopted out may finally end up at slaughterhouses.

The group, with the backing of Governor Bill Richardson, is asking that the herd size be controlled through contraception.