The Devil's Garden Wild Horses

In October 2018, the U.S. Forest Service conducted a massive helicopter roundup of 1,000 federally-protected wild horses from the Devils Garden Wild Horse Territory, a 300,000-acre public lands area within the Modoc National Forest near Alturas, California. The intent of the removal was to reduce the horse population so that ranchers who hold grazing permits in the Forest can turn out their cattle again on the public lands.

Hundreds of these horses are in danger of being sold for slaughter, thanks to the Forest Service plan to sell them without limitation after a period of time. Even worse: this horrific plan is taking place in California, a state that has prohibited the cruel practice of horse slaughter for two decades! AWHC and the Animal Legal Defense Fund has filed suit to stop this from happening.

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