Wild horses: No respite for Calico Mustangs, Remembering “Mouse”

Cross-posted from The Examiner.com

Excerpts from article written by MAUREEN HARMONY
News goes from bad to worse for captive Calico horses
May 24, 2010

Any hope that the surviving captive wild horses from Nevada’s Calico Mountains would be returned to freedom was dashed today, when Federal Judge Paul Friedman ruled against the plaintiffs Terri Farley, Craig Downer, and In Defense of Animals, who had filed a lawsuit seeking the release of the horses to their native ranges.

Indeed, this has been a particularly difficult month for the Calico horses being held against their wills in a Fallon, Nevada feedlot. At least 10 horses — and at least one foal — have died during May alone, including a grulla yearling colt who Elyse Gardner had been following since she first noticed him at the Soldier Meadows trapsite on January 6th. She named him, “Mouse”–a reflection of his distinctive gray color and his steely spirit–and chronicled him in pictures throughout his ordeal in the hands of his BLM captors, to whom he was known simply as “Tag Number 1096.”

In the BLM’s Gather Daily Updates for Wednesday, May 19th, the BLM off-handedly reported that “a yearling gelding (#1096) was euthanized after he was found down in his pen; diagnosis fractured neck, cause unknown.” We can only imagine what really happened to Mouse, but his suffering and the cruelty to which he was subjected will long be remembered, thanks to Elyse Gardner’s caring camera.

Mouse’s terrible demise followed on the heels of what can arguably be called the death by negligence of a young foal who Elyse Gardner called, “Sorro,” and who Cat Kindsfather affectionately named, “Feather.”

Writing in her blog yesterday, Elyse confirmed that BLM veterinarian Dr. Richard Sanford had seen Sorro the day before she filmed him flailing around, dehydrated and disoriented, but that he never intervened, even though it must have been obvious that the fragile colt was in trouble. When Dr. Sanford finally focused on Sorro, after Elyse and other observers complained about his condition, the vet deemed his prognosis to be “hopeless,” and rather than making an effort to save him, opted for euthanasia.

The uproar over Sorro’s pitiable and probably preventable death has apparently stung the BLM, and it has responded defensively to the negative press it engendered. The BLM’s bunker mentality is strongly in evidence now; it has just announced that it will stop issuing the Gather Daily Updates and resort to releasing information about the lives and deaths of the Calico horses only once a week.

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Remembering Mouse
By Humane Observer, Elyse Gardner

9 thoughts on “Wild horses: No respite for Calico Mustangs, Remembering “Mouse””

  1. My comment today for the President comment line is I want to know?????How Many Mustangs must be tortured, removed from their land to roam free on, castrated with no antibiotics , harassed, destroyed, how many foals must starve to death at the Betraying hands of the , rogue BLM , before they are stopped and investigated, and the whole lot fired, in the name all that is human……… and pure common decency……………………

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  2. A hundred thosand thanks to the caring plantiffs, IDA, Craig Downer and Terri Farly for making the effort to bring justice to the plight of our wild horses. Boos and shame on the inadequate and unconvincing lawyers who lost our case. And no comment on the judge who has proved, once again that there is no such thing as justice in the federal courts when bringing a case against the government enities such as the BLM and the Dept of the Interior.
    And may God help the wild horses at the Fallon compound and holding facilities(pens) throughout the United States. We must get the news media involved with their plight and allow ALL of the American people to know what is being done to OUR horses in OUR names and with OUR taxdollars!
    And Heaven help us all, now that the BLM has proven that they can be as abusive as they want to be, and roundup as many horses by helicopter as they want and continue to be the runaway rogue agencythat no one, not even the President can stop.

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  3. OH MY GOD!!!!! BLM AND THIS JUDGE ARE THE DEVIL INCARNATE. They have no hearts or compassion for any living thing. I am devastated to tears, not only for mouse but any animal that comes under the control of BLM or the government. How horrible, I am just so hurt by what they have done. This judge needs to be removed from the bench and any politition who votes with BLM should be impeached. What it the world are they thinking. I am just at a loss for words. There must be something we can do to stop this injustice and cruelty.

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  4. Yes, anyone who is in office now must be voted out , get all new ones, that have not been tainted………………………………………….its a new beginning…………………………………

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  5. I WAS PLANNING ON ADOPTING “MOUSE” AND TO READ ELYSE REPORT THAT HE WAS DEAD HURT MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY. WE MUST NOT STOP FIGHTING FOR THESE HORSES AS WE ARE THEIR ONLY HOPE. ONE THING WE CAN DO IS TRY AND GET THEM ADOPTED. BLM DOES NOT ADVERTISE THESE ADOPTIONS AND MOST PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW ABOUT THEM. FIND OUT THE DATE OF THE CALICO ADOPTIONS AND PASS THAT OUT TO ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS, PAPER, AND THE NEWS. WASHINGTON HAS TURNED IT EYES AWAY FROM THE PEOPLE SO WE MUST PUT AN ENTIRE NEW GROUP IN WASHINGTON.

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  6. Part of the reason Judge Friedman dismissed the case for lack of “standing” on the part of the plaintiffs. It seems to me he could have done that when the case was first brought before him. I think he was just buying time for a pro-BLM decision that was a foregone conclusion on his part. Our legal system has become a shell game designed to assure billable hours for law firms and security for judges, and is not related to justice in any way.

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    1. I wondered when the suit was filed, how the Plaintiffs were going to deal with the issue of “standing”. If you do not have that solved at the outset, you are doomed to failure. It is the reason we do not see more lawsuits on behalf of animals, because they have no standing in court. A class action suit filed against the BLM for mismanagement of taxpayer dollars, destroying our wild horse and burro heritage, employing proven criminal contractors to do the job (the list goes on)? Tenuous I know, but that might have “legs”. Every taxpayer in the U.S. is being harmed.

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  7. I am totally devastated by this news, I ask where in the h*ll is the justice here??????? Doesnt any official have any brains in their head???????? What better criteria can there be, then what was presented here, I am starting to lose my faith in mankind, All of us have worked beyond what should be needed to stop this needless horrible persecution and assault on our wild mustangs…………. I will never understand how that judge Friedman could have ever with faith and love in his heart, or just seeing clearly what is happening here, ever ruled that way ??????? What more can we do?????? my heart is broken and bleeds for them ……………..They only best thing that could happen now is like i said they definetly need an real live Hero, where is that Hero………………………. Clearly here is an overwelming in justice being done……………………………………………..How can we stop it ?????? There has to be an answer ……………………………………

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