Yet another federal Judge rules against wild horses in litigation attempting to suspend deadly and unnecessary roundups.
Dennis Webb of The Grand Junction Sentinel reports:
The Bureau of Land Management has declared an end to a wild horse roundup between Meeker and Rangely after gathering 73 animals, a little more than half as many animals as it had hoped.
The agency has been cleared to send all of them to its wild horse facility in Cañon City following a Judge’s ruling in U.S. District Court Thursday in New York City.
The judge denied a preliminary injunction that would have blocked the shipment of the portion of the horses that was gathered in the [Colorado] North Piceance area. The BLM doesn’t consider that area appropriate for wild horses, but advocacy groups say removing them is illegal.
The BLM will make most of the rounded-up horses available for adoption.
R T Fitch, horse advocate, writer and founding member of Plaintiff, HfH Advisory Council, writes about the disappointing verdict:
There’s a certain amount of defeat felt by the team as we did not manage to do what we set out to do which was to keep the horses on their range, but there is a degree of satisfaction in the fact that we set a precedence that had not been set, before. That’s the fact that the court recognized that removing wild horses from their rightful homes causes irreparable damage as outlined in Dr. Don Moore’s excellent testimony.
America’s wild horses, as well as burros, are being removed from public lands set aside by an Act of Congress for their protection at an accelerated pace by rogue federal agency the Bureau of Land Management to the point of extinction. Numerous lawsuits, such as this one, have resulted in denied injunctions, civil rights, public access to witness the roundups and other entitlements under the law.
Plaintiffs will be issuing a formal press release.