BLM can roundup 1,700 mustangs in Nevada after appeals court lifts injunction



RENO, NV (July 19, 2011) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management was given the green light on Tuesday to move ahead with a controversial horse roundup in Nevada when a federal appeals court lifted a temporary injunction blocking the gather of more than 1,700 mustangs.

An animal rights group, the Colorado-based Cloud Foundation, had sued to stop the roundup. A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco said the group had failed to show it likely could prove during future hearings that the roundup is illegal and that removal of horses from federally protected public rangeland would cause irreparable harm.

Critics said another disappointing loss in federal court suggested Congress may have to pass a new law to protect the mustangs because the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burros Act of 1971 doesn’t seem to be enforceable.

“We need a new law,” said Rachel Fazio, a lawyer for the Cloud Foundation who had won the temporary restraining order from a judge on the appellate court based on claims the proposed roundup was illegal.

“I think we really need to establish the fact that these animals need to be protected, need to be maintained unmolested by man. And that we mean it this time,” she told The Associated Press.

BLM spokeswoman Heather Emmons said the roundup that had been scheduled to begin last week would start on Wednesday in northeast Nevada near the Utah line — weather permitting — and continue for about six weeks.

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Thank you Carla, for keeping us updated on the continuing Mustang crisis.

6 thoughts on “BLM can roundup 1,700 mustangs in Nevada after appeals court lifts injunction”

  1. I am as mad as you all are, and the solution is to elect new judges who are sane and responsible to the public NOT TO THE GOVERNMENT IN ANY WAY. Somehow, we (the public and all animal lovers) need to make sure that our elected officials in every position are friendly to the needs of all animals including the Wild Horses. I do not understand how these judges can get away with ignoring the public wishes and the safety of the animals. Shame on all of them!!


  2. The Federal Courts and its Judges are a complete udder Failure, I believe the Judges fail to carry out Federal Law of Animal cruelty, not only are these round ups totally needless in the first place, but to be allowed by federal Court Judges to carry out round ups in lieu of extremely hot or cold weather conditions, they have ruled to the death sentence of many Federally Protect ed Wild Mustangs, they have failed to apply Federal Law and should be in contempt of Court for it……….. and should be removed……………….. I am mad as a wet hornet on this one !!!!! No Federal justice here at all……


  3. I am mad as I can get over this, what is wrong with these Judges,have they lost their minds,what do we have to do to stop them, certainly no help through the Courts, I am at the last straw,,,,,,,,,,,,, We need to have an action plan !!!!


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