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Animal Rights Activist Fight To Keep U.S. Wild Horses From Slaughter

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Bureau of Land Management
Wild horses.

At the moment, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has about 45,000 wild horses in holding pens, many gathered from federal lands across the Southwest.

It's illegal to slaughter those horses here in the United States, but Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, said sentiments are changing.

"In the last 10 years, there have been pretty vigorous efforts by a number of moneyed interests to open horse slaughter plants again in the U.S.," he said.

Pacelle said his agency has fought non-stop against it. "And, we've been successful," he said.

But, he has asked Congress to go further and pass the Safe Act this session. It would close a loophole that allows Canada and Mexico to slaughter U.S. horses and go on to sell the meat to European and Asian countries.

He believes Americans would be outraged to hear the details of the BLM and other agencies to ease restrictions on horses.

"There's no species that had a bigger role in the development and settlement of our country than the horse," he said. "Treating them as a commodity, killing them for foreign consumers, it's a disgrace!"

The BLM has argued it has no choice, and estimates it spends $50 million a year housing the horses.

Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.