Cross-posted from ProPublica
WRITTEN BY DAVID PHILIPPS
(Jan. 31, 2013) — Two congressmen wrote to the Department of Interior this week to demand information on the progress of its investigation into whether more than 1,700 federally protected wild horses sold to a Colorado man may have been illegally sent to slaughter.
The investigation was triggered by a ProPublica story published in September showing that since 2009 the department had sold truckload after truckload of mustangs to a horse-slaughter proponent named Tom Davis who acknowledged shipping many of them out of state in violation of Colorado law. The fate of the horses is unknown.
Reps. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., and Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., have sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar pressing him to explain what role the agency had in selling so many horses to a man the letter calls “a longtime kill buyer.”
“As you are aware, the ProPublica…
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