Here’s an interesting report from The New York Times about a 1971 law that saved wild horses from being killed. The government stepped in and rounded up these horses onto government land owned by the Bureau of Land Management. Now, over 40 years later, the government is running into a new predicament as a direct result of this 1971 law — there are too many horses in captivity.

With an estimated $43 million budget each year just to house and keep these horses alive, the government and animal activists are trying to sort out just what to do with these horses. Killing them would be controversial, but selling them may be also because the government doesn’t know if they are selling to kill-farms. Tragic story. :(