Lawmakers seek to end wild horse roundups in Nevada

The Associated Press reports:

    (August 3, 2010) — A bipartisan group of 54 lawmakers pleaded with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to halt a series of wild horse roundups on the Nevada range.

    A letter sent Monday by Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, cites wild horse deaths in recent horse and burro roundups in explaining the request.

    The letter brands the roundups “a deeply flawed policy” and points to reports that 21 of 636 horses died in a herd collection effort near Tuscarora in northeast Nevada.

    Jordan Montoya, an Interior Department spokeswoman, said officials were reviewing the letter. Also, she said the department was committed to the protection of wild horses and the lands they roam.

    The letter recommends that the National Academy of Sciences be assigned to review the Bureau of Land Management’s plan to cull about 12,000 of 38,000 mustangs and burros from herds roaming 10 Western states.

    Lawmakers said the bureau was making similar mistakes to a roundup during the winter that resulted in the death of more than 105 horses.

    Given this pattern, and the continued threat of death and suffering to these animals, we request that the Tuscarora Complex roundup be suspended, along with any pending gathers, until the agency demonstrates that it has addressed the failings of the current program and can ensure the safety and well-being of the animals you are charged with protecting,” the lawmakers wrote.

Source: Las Vegas Sun, Story URL >>

6 thoughts on “Lawmakers seek to end wild horse roundups in Nevada”

  1. Everyone needs to go into a silent vigilance for hope, prayer and meditation.

    Pray for all the wild horses and bipartisan group of 54 lawmakers that want the round ups stopped in Nevada.

    No one is allowed to look down on wild horses but GOD.


  2. Thank You Ms. Grant and all at International Fund for Horses !!!!!! What a truely Great Birthday reading this………………………… WOW !!!!! My desk is covered with tears of JOY…………………………


  3. wow !!! OMG Iam so Happy !!!!! This is the most precious Birthday for me today !!!!, I can see the beginning , to the end of the plight of our most wonderful Wild Mustangs, Bravo, Thank You and big kudos to Raul Grivjala and Nick Rahall, The Mustangs have suffered much to long……….. I pray that these two brave men get all the support in Washington, judging from this they will…………………………This is a huge step in the right direction !!! Please start with sending the Calicos to their home first priority………!!! The Blm s reign of terror and betrayal is over I pray !!!!!!


  4. Let us all pray that this involvement by legislators brings Salazar and Abby down. The horses belong running free with their herds (families) on the land that was set aside for them by law. They are not sick or dying of thirst. For BLM to allow the cattle ranchers to fence them out of the water is surely against the law and is as cruel as terrorizing them with helicopters and running the hooves off of the foals or running them over cliffs to their deaths. George Knapp and horse activists have proven there is plenty of food and water on the ranges for the cattle and the horses. I will pray to God that this is the beginning of the end of the cruel and unnecessary BLM roundups.


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