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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Nevada could give away nearly 3,000 free-range horses in May

(WILD HORSES) — Benjamin Spillman, reporting for the Reno Gazette Journal writes:

Nearly 3,000 free-range horses in Nevada’s Virginia Range could be under new ownership by the end of May, according to state officials.

The Nevada Department of Agriculture on Tuesday published a request for proposals for people willing to take ownership of the iconic herd.

The Nevada quarter features three wild horses roaming freely. Three is about all that may be left if the BLM and State of Nevada has their way.
The Nevada quarter features three wild horses roaming freely. Three is about all that may be left if the BLM and State of Nevada has their way.

Opponents of the proposed giveaway say it “spells disaster” for the herd, which many consider symbolic of Nevada’s western culture.

The proposal is the result of a breakdown between the Nevada Department of Agriculture and the American Wild Horse Campaign, the non-profit organization once had an agreement to manage the horses on behalf of the state.

“The NDA set the stage to destroy the Virginia Range horses by canceling the community-based cooperative agreements for humane management,” Deniz Bolbol, spokesperson for the campaign said in a written statement. “That’s unconscionable and we will not allow it to stand.”

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Protestors gathered Wednesday, January 3, 2018 in Carson City to call on Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval to undo a decision by the Department of Agriculture to offer approximately 3,000 free range horses to a private group.

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Book Review: Missionville by Alex Brown

(HORSE RACING) — Patrick Battuello, chronicler of racehorse killings at Horse Racing Wrongs, recently reported the death of 7-year old Sing the Dream in a claiming race for 4 yo’s+ at Aqueduct, Saturday afternoon, January 27, 2018.

It was Sing the Dream‘s 50th race. Battuello states the horse “fell heavily” (Equibase) and was euthanized where he lay.

American racing routinely kills its horses particularly in contests such as these — the claiming race.

Alex Brown, author of Greatness and Goodness: Barbaro and His Legacy, has written a book called Missionville which delves into the lives and activities of the people who work horses in the business of the American claiming race.

Missionville is a well crafted story with credibly drawn characters you can root for or against as the author gives you an unvarnished look at the day-to-day rigors of training and racing horses at a small track and its resulting consequences.

Eclipse award winner Mike Jensen, journalist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, in his review of Missionville puts it this way:

Alex Brown, a lifelong horseman, takes you on a journey few are capable of providing. He takes you to the underbelly of the sport. A terrific read”.

Missionville gives true to life insight into what happens to horses when their careers begin to take a downward spiral and tragically end up in the claiming race system.

Missionville is a must read for every racehorse advocate.

Buy it now »

Featured Image: Missionville, by Alex Brown (pictured with used racing plates) by Vivian Grant Farrell.

Getting it together

Hello again from The Horse Fund.

The Horse Fund has been conducting a massive reorganization based on our end-of year-review for 2017.  We also took a close look at 2016 where we had a particularly effective year. The time has zipped by.

Accordingly, we have streamlined and regrouped our staff and resources so that we are a leaner, meaner fighting machine.

We have focused a lot on leveraging our social media activities to the highest possible effectiveness in benefiting the horses we work daily to protect. Every day we have terrific people doing just that.

Social media is a constantly changing medium and we need do more then just keep up — we have to stay ahead of the game. More on how you can make your impact there later.

In the meantime, use our Contact Form and let us know what social media platform(s) you use most for advocating. Have you seen someone doing something particularly effective? Please share!

Give us your ideas. Tell us what is important to you as an advocate. In order to continue being a great team your feedback is crucial.

If you would like to donate we have a matching gift campaign underway. It has been active through the entire month of January and expires in a few days. Donate now here.

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Thank you!

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Featured Image: With gracious permission, Bob Langrish. 

This post has been updated.