Wild horse lawsuit update

Plaintiffs Seek Return of 1,900 Captured Horses to Range

Cross-posted from The Desert Independent


Washington, D.C. – Final oral arguments were presented May 6th in Federal court in the lawsuit over the Calico wild horse captures in Nevada. The Calico lawsuit filed against the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), has already resulted in a preliminarily determination that the government’s practice of sending wild horses to long-term holding facilities in the Midwest is illegal.

“To date, 87 horses have died during or as a result of the roundup, some under extremely cruel circumstances,” said William J. Spriggs, lead counsel on the pending wild horse lawsuit against DOI and BLM. “Those deaths, and the suffering of the survivors, need never have occurred if the BLM had followed Judge Friedman’s suggestion to postpone this roundup.”

“A viable plan, unrelated to our lawsuit, to place the surviving horses within Calico while making range improvements to increase the Appropriate Management Levels in the Calico Complex has recently been submitted to the Secretary of Interior,” concluded Spriggs. “We strongly believe that this option represents the best way to redress the BLM’s violations of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act uncovered in this case.”

The Calico Mountain Complex roundup of 1,922 wild horses is one of the largest roundups in recent years. The BLM removed at least 80-90 percent of the Calico wild horse population, leaving behind an “estimated” 600 horses on the 550,000 acre (or 859 square mile) Complex in northwest Nevada. The roundup ended on February 4, 2010 – 500 horses short of its target for removal. The roundup proceeded despite a ruling by Judge Friedman questioning the legality of the BLM’s long-term holding facilities and suggesting that the BLM postpone the Calico roundup. Read more >>

A final ruling in the case is expected in late May.

6 thoughts on “Wild horse lawsuit update”

  1. If anyone would like to witness an interesting development combining knowledge of the circumstances and intentions of an immediate viable solution for all people and animals involved, i.e. the Calico Wild Horses and other Wild Ones, please see this tweet chat today at 10p EST. http://tweetchat.com/room/WildHorseHealing We are using intentional prayer and meditations together, hoping this collective force has some effect on the situation. We believe it does, and if you do please join us. Together we will see just what can be done using our hearts and minds and the instancy of online technology. We don’t have any answers, but we all seem to have the same idea!


  2. Tufts University in Massachusetts is holding a two-day symposium on the changing relationships between horses and humans this weekend. Makes me wish I was visiting my home state so I could attend. Tufts has an excellent reputation for thorough, fair-minded research, and I’ll be very interested in reading their report.



  3. I think there can only be one ruling and one ruling only, and that is it is in fact illigal. Like I told you , I called the blm and reported them to themselves, How can you put up a sign like they did and then just go ahead an do exactly what your sign says not to???????????? The Blm is so into themselves they just do whatever they want and think that its ok!!!! They are hypocrites, when you confront them with this on the phone , they hang up on you !!! Its a horrible shame that so many wild mustangs died in the BLMs terror round ups, before justice is served to the blm, but I believe in my heart that there will be justice for all mustangs, but how many must suffer before we get that justice….. The BLM has gone ROGUE and we all know it!!! The sign reads to report to the BLM, any harrassment, removel , injury, or death to the Wild Mustang by anyone is to be reported?????? All I do is keep reporting all of these are being done by the BLM………. and I want all of these people arrested !!!! May Justice be most swift for the Wild Mustangs…………..


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