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Group sues to stop roundup of 10,000 wild horses

(WILD HORSES Jan. 30, 2018) — EcoWatch reports:

Animal rights group Friends of Animals has filed a lawsuit over a planned wild horse roundup in Nevada.

The suit was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Reno, the Associated Press reported. It claims that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) violated the National Environmental Policy Act and other laws by approving the removal of nearly 10,000 mustangs over 10 years in a 4,900-square-mile expanse of federal rangeland near the Nevada-Utah border.

Michael Harris, director of the group’s Wildlife Law Program in Colorado, said the roundups could occur without public notice or comment and without site-specific analysis of each individual gather.

The “roundup decision is unprecedented in size and scope,” the suit states, and would allow BLM to “continually roundup, remove, drug and castrate wild horses for 10 years after the initial roundup.”

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7 thoughts on “Group sues to stop roundup of 10,000 wild horses”

  1. To cruel leave the horses to roam freely. I hope these horses will go to good homes and not slaughter places. These horeses have roamed free for years. BLM land is for no building on. And should be for the beautiful wild horses to run free. What is the reason to take them off this land if they aren’t hurting anybody. People love to watch and take pics if them in the wild.


    1. From what I know, “BLM has requested permission from Congress to destroy “excess” horses and to sell them for slaughter. If Congress says yes, most of these horses will be killed.” As stated by the American Wild Horses Campaign.


  2. The central proposition of the doctrine is that the government has a fiduciary duty to devote certain resources to the common benefit. This duty may preclude the government from selling these resources or otherwise foreclosing public access to them. I sent the following to the BLM:
    Kristin Bail, Assistant Director, Resources and Planning
    Howard Cantor, Director of BLM National Operations Center

    January 29,2018
    Dear BLM Managers,
    The wild horse slaughter option can be replaced by Best Management Planning in consideration of the following information for your records.
    The focus on PZP is a distraction from the basic elements of resource management planning that provides sufficient habitat for non game “protected” wildlife. Once the resource management plans are amended to correct those deficiencies, including the re wilding of warehoused equids …then the PZP pro/con arguments are relevant.
    Congress passed the ESA to PREVENT diminution of species and their necessary / imperative habitats by amending resource management plans.
    USFWS, USFS, DOI, BLM have failed to amend resource management plans that provide sufficient habitat for “protected” wildlife non-game species. The 1973 Endangered Species Act (ESA) was written AFTER the 1971 FREE ROAMING WILD Horse and Burro Act which granted protection of OUR HERITAGE HERDS. By operation of cultural and wildlife conservation laws, wild equids should have been included in the ESA listed as a pre- existing protection.
    By operation of law, habitat includes areas occupied in 1971 as well as ACECs. Section 202(c)(3) of the FLPMA MANDATES, giving priority to the designation and protection of ACEC’s in the development and revision of land use plans. The BLM’s planning regulations (43 CFR 1610.7-2) establish the process and procedural requirements for the designation of ACEC’s in resource management .

    Bottom line: Until Wild horses are LISTED as a native American wildlife species with sufficient habitat ( APPLIED TO OTHER PROTECTED SPECIES). OUR National Heritage will cease to exist. see:
    [PDF] BLM Manual 1613 – BLM ePlanning – Bureau of Land Management.…/lup/…/1613_ACECs_Manual.pdf.
    In Mar of 2016, re: fossil evidence CA Fish and Wildlife stated “ When and if available scientific information convinces the experts that determine the checklist of native species to North America that Equus caballus should be considered as an indigenous species, they will make the change in the next revision to the list, and then we would take that fact into consideration for inclusion on our state animal lists.”
    Did the experts neglect to incorporate the following fact into the equation from The Surprising History of America’s Wild Horses (excerpt)
    “animals that on paleontological grounds could be recognized as subspecies of the modern horse originated in North America between 1 million and 2 million years ago. When Linnaeus coined the species name, E. caballus, however, he only had the domesticated animal in mind. Its closest wild ancestor may have been the tarpan, often classified as E. ferus; there is no evidence, though, that the tarpan was a different species. In any case the domesticated horse probably did not arise at a single place and time, but was bred from several wild varieties by Eurasian herders.
    Many scientists once thought horses died out on the continent before the arrival of the ancestors of the American Indians, but archeologists have found equine and human bones together at sites dating back to more than 10,000 years ago.
    Consideration for reducing livestock allotments are found in the following: Cows, Congress, and Climate Change – Vermont Journal of
    Marla E. Mansfield, On the Cusp of Property Rights: Lessons from Public Land Law, 18 Ecology L. Q. 43 (1991). Page 84-85 Under one reading, the public trust doctrine would create a separate check on the actions of the BLM, imposing a judicially enforceable duty to protect the collective environmental attributes of the public lands. The BLM bears a special responsibility to protect the public values served by the public lands recalls the common law public trust doctrine. The central proposition of the doctrine is that the government has a fiduciary duty to devote certain resources to the common benefit. This duty may preclude the government from selling these resources or otherwise foreclosing public access to them. See Conclusion for more.
    In closing please start the rewilding process to re wild horses that were determined excess by agency failure to amend resource management plans.
    Respectfully submitted
    Kathleen Hayden PO Box 236 Santa Ysabel, CA 92070
    Coyote Canyon Caballos d’Anza Inc, non profit


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