Judge takes BLM to task over mustangs

APNewsBreak: 1 hour ago


RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge in Nevada is taking the U.S. government to task for misconduct by a helicopter contractor during one of the biggest mustang roundups in the West, granting a rare emergency order sought by wild horse protection advocates who argue all of the gathers on public lands are inhumane and illegal.

U.S. District Judge Howard McKibben denied a request late Tuesday to halt the roundup at the Triple B complex in northeast Nevada near the Utah line. But he did issue a temporary restraining order banning any mistreatment of mustangs like the Wild Horse Freedom Federation caught on camera earlier this month.

Laura Leigh, the vice president of the Texas-based group that filed the lawsuit against Interior Secretary Kenneth Salazar, who oversees the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, said it was a small but important victory in a larger effort to bring attention to what she says is the BLM’s routine violation of federal laws protecting the horses.

“This is significant because the judge saw what we see every day,” Leigh told The Associated Press.

“This is a recognition in the federal court system that there is something wrong with not only what is going on out there but something wrong with the justification process.”

BLM officials denied the group’s claims that the helicopter pilot on the video actually struck a horse with a helicopter skid on Aug. 11. Continue reading >>

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4 thoughts on “Judge takes BLM to task over mustangs”

  1. I’m signed up on the White House website, and just received this about petitioning the White House:


    “Throughout our history Americans have used petitions to unite around issues they care about. We the People provides you with a new way to petition the federal government to take action on a range of issues. And if your petition attracts enough support, White House staff will review it, ensure it is sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response.”


    “Attracts enough support” makes it iffy, since, obviously, they’ll be vetting petitions and will likely choose not to deal with “sensitive’ issues no matter how many citizens/voters support them. IMO, a carefully crafted petition should be not only informative, but brief. When it comes to actually listening to “We the People”, “We the Government” has a notoriously short attention span.

    So, I’m signing up, and will let you know if “We the REAL People” have already crashed their server!

    Update: I’m in! Let the organizing begin!


  2. It is about time a Judge takes a good look at the BLM and their monstrous atrocities and cruelty and the criminal acts they(BLM) commit everyday to Our National Treasures , this is a big step in the right direction for Our Mustangs, let the truth and Justice be presented and seen…………….for exactly what it is………………………….


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