Smart, sensitive alternative needed to prevent horse overpopulation
What we need now are some common sense and compassionate policies in order to control wild horse populations [“N.M. horse slaughter plant to open soon,” seattletimes.com, April 30]. Experts in the field agree that the practice of slaughtering horses is not the appropriate answer for pet overpopulation.
For example, the University of Toledo reports a wild horse birth-control measure that is extremely effective. Further, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stated that the department “needs to be more creative” regarding the horse overpopulation problem.
Katherine Pfeifle, Lynnwood