A Bureau of Land Management official has confirmed an internal inquiry is under way into the fate of 1700 captive wild horses, which advocates fear may have gone to slaughter.
Edwin Roberson, assistant director at the Bureau of Land Management, told KSL Television: “I can confirm right now that the inspector general of the Department of Interior is investigating, (and) has an ongoing investigation into those allegations. Beyond that, I can’t comment.”
The story over the fate of the wild horses was broken on the website Propublica.org, although it is understood that wild horse advocates had already been investigating some aspects at the time the news went public.
The story ponders the fate of wild horses sold to livestock hauler Tom Davis.
The bureau has sold Davis at least 1700 wild horses and burros since 2009, agency records show — 70 per cent of the animals purchased through its sale program during that period.
The revelations have sparked anger among wild horse advocates, sparking a petition organised by 11-year-old Robin Warren, which gathered 115,329 online signatures.