It has been speculated since the early 90’s that extensive mustang trafficking has occured. The BLM’s closed book policy served to enhance this. Horses to Slaughter, Anatomy of a Cover-up within the Wild Horse and Burro Program within the Bureau of Land Management was published in 1997.
While groups have been fighting the BLM for decades, it took just under 15 years for the feds to catch the first slaughter truck. An excellent article was published in horseback magazine. Whether you are a horse person or not, I encourage you to read it in its entirety. This is an example of a lot of untracked federal money and property dissapearing. Are there other sieves out there?