9th Circuit dismisses case seeking to block wild horse roundup

Written by DENNY WALSH
Cross-posted from The Sacramento Bee

A split federal appellate panel today [August 15, 2011] dismissed activists’ appeal of a Sacramento judge’s refusal to block last year’s roundup and removal of wild horses and burros from their range in northeastern California.

A year ago, U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. denied a request by two nonprofit organizations for an injunction halting the roundup, and a motions panel of the 9th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied an emergency motion for an injunction.

The lawsuit, spearheaded by In Defense of Animals and Dreamcatcher Wild Horse and Burro Sanctuary, is aimed at permanently stopping the U. S. Bureau of Land Management from rounding up, destroying and auctioning off wild horses and burros.

The roundup took place.

“This appeal, therefore, is moot,” ruled 9th Circuit Judges Mary M. Schroeder and Carlos T. Bea.

Circuit Judge Johnnie B. Rawlinson disagreed.

“This would be a different case if the horses (that) were rounded up had all been dispersed,” Rawlinson wrote in a dissent. “But that is not what happened. The horses … are currently being kept in various holding areas throughout the southwestern United States. As easily as the horses were transported out of their natural habitat, they can be returned.

“In this circumstance, relief is available and the request for injunctive relief is not moot.”

The case will now go forward before England on the merits.

Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/08/15/3839707/9th-circuit-dismisses-case-seeking.html#ixzz1VCMboZAR

10 thoughts on “9th Circuit dismisses case seeking to block wild horse roundup”

  1. That would be great BECKY. Maybe Madeleine Pickens should contact “20 Minutes”. They MIGHT listen to her.


  2. It would serve us well to keep records of every, single “player” involved in this racket to eradicate the wild horses and burros from their native land because hopefully sooner rather than later, these people will be held accountable when we are able to prove that there were many millions of OUR taxpayer dollars changing hands and going into peoples pockets so that they would make rulings and perform actions, (breaking Federal laws basically), and removing horses and burros from where they are supposed to be legally residing. If these people have to worry that there shady dealings may one day be uncovered by tenacious folks like we advocates, then maybe they will see the writing on the wall and will realize we will NEVER stop our quest of exposing wrong doings. In this day and age of the Internet, no one is safe from exposure anymore, so anyone going against the wild horses and burros (breaking a Federal law most of the time) better be really sure they have no skeletons in their closet, and that they err on the side of following the law rather than jumping to the tune of the cattle and sheep industries, the mining industry, the energy companies, various other corporations, developers, and also the hunting faction and our military. This is ALL about control of the public range and fencing off the range so no one or anyone else can use the range (unless we pay a fee in certain areas), so as long as the wild horses and burros are “free roaming” on the range, fences cannot be put up as quickly as all of these factions would like. Other animals on the range can just be “sanitized” (killed) to get rid of them, however, the Federally protected wild horses and burros cannot, so these factions (who are VERY powerful lobbies in Washington D.C. where all the decisions are made) have the BLM in their pockets to do their bidding and eradicate the horses and burros. They are doing exactly what happened in the late-’60’s and 1970 into ’71 (capturing as many wild horses and burros as they can) when the writing on the wall indicated that a protection act would be adopted for sure, and probably very soon. Capture as many as possible before it’s illegal to do so. Same thing here; these factions are scrambling to do as much damage as possible in terms of capturing horses and burros, and contrary to what Judge England knows is false, these captured horses and burros WILL NOT be returned to the Range, EVER. What all the players in the racket should remember however is that Karma is a real b*tch when you’re knowingly doing things wrong, so one way or another, they will have to face the music and be held accountable, either here on Earth, and maybe at the Pearly Gates too if you believe in the afterlife!


    1. I don’t know if it would help, but maybe if a lot of people would contact investigative reporters to do more than a “45 second” spot on the plight of the wild horses and burros and the complete corruption at the BLM. I have contacted (via e-mail) Brian Ross at ABC and Sixty Minutes, but did not even get a response, other than the generic thank you for contacting us. Sixty Minutes would be the better venue with approx. 15-20 minutes per issue. It’s worth a shot, since we’re not getting anywhere with legislation and the judicial.



  3. Does the term you can’t win against government come to mind. If they are part of our government system it is probable that they will all stick together with Salazar and Abby and the rest of that ilk. We can hope and pray that that isn’t the case! I think the Judges should be elected and not appointed so that the citizens are the ones they report too and not the President or any Politician. I don’t have much use for the judges anymore, esspecially at the higher court levels. I am one of those who believes we should impeach every one of them and start over with elected judges.


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