Federal Court Asked to Toss Nevada Ranchers’ Anti-Mustang Lawsuit


Suzanne Roy, director of AWHPC, nails the problem on the head. The BLM keeps giving into the cattle ranchers removing more and more wild horses from the public lands, thus violating the Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. Makes one wonder how the cattle concerns manage to get such quick action from government bureaucrats, historically known for taking their time to make proper decisions. ~ HfH


wildhorsesandblm(RENO, Nev.) – The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC), author Terri Farley, and wild horse photographer Mark Terrell filed a motion to dismiss in a lawsuit filed by the Nevada Association of Counties (NACO) and the Nevada Farm Bureau against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the U.S. District Court of Nevada. On April 3, the court granted AWHPC, Farley, and Terrell permission to intervene in the case. The motion to dismiss highlights the plaintiffs’ lack of standing and legal basis for the action.

Filed on behalf of Nevada ranchers, who graze their private cattle and sheep on American public lands that they lease at well-below market rates, the NACO lawsuit seeks to compel the BLM to immediately round up and remove more than 6,000 wild horses from Nevada public lands, conduct wild horse and burro roundups every two months in the state, and to “auction, sell or otherwise dispose of” the 50,000 wild horses and burros currently stockpiled in government warehousing facilities.

“The NACO lawsuit lacks merit and is the latest attempt by ranchers to create a legal façade to give the BLM an excuse to cave in to their interests and remove more mustangs,” said Suzanne Roy, AWHPC director. “We are hopeful that the court will dismiss this case, which is yet another meritless legal assault on federally protected wild horses and burros by ranchers who view these national icons as competition for cheap, taxpayer-subsidized grazing on our public lands.”

According to AWHPC, the NACO lawsuit is part of a broader push from anti-wild horse advocates — including those who currently sit on the BLM’s own national and Nevada’s advisory boards – to compel the BLM to remove an increasing number of wild horses from public lands and sell captured wild horses for slaughter. In addition to Nevada ranchers, ranchers in Utah and Wyoming have also sued the BLM, and the agency has a history of quickly capitulating to their demands, regardless of the legal merits of their cases. In fact, the Interior Department actually encouraged Wyoming ranchers to file a lawsuit against the BLM as a way of securing more funding for wild horse roundups.

National opinion polls indicate that 80 percent of Americans oppose horse slaughter, 72 percent support protecting wild horses on public lands, while just 29 percent want public lands used for livestock grazing.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Janet Schultz

    Good job.

    May 29, 2014
  • Nancy Albin

    There isn’t even any horses around here anymore! My god have mercy! This is so over the top out of line for them to be doing this !!! I found a Mare at blm facility she looked just like Cloud my favorite Stallion I got all her info & printed it all out with all her pictures etc. I called them about her & they don’t have a horse with that tag # & they don’t know where she went!!! talk about sick I am sick to my stomach with blm & their demons from Hell!!!! I am doing everything i know how to do as im sure everybody is too & we still can’t save the horses & burros from this evil!!!!!

    May 29, 2014
  • Daryl

    It really gets me down some times with all we do they just shoot us down with some thing else, the government is behind this and we need to let them know we are up set and make noise. 202 456 1111 is the number .

    May 29, 2014
  • Nancy Albin

    Yea i got all the #’s I have been calling them for years i have them on speed dial don’t even have my family friends #’s down but they are all on speed dial but thanx Daryl I am just so sick of blm!! & jewell especially her! & where the hell is obama i know the country & world is big but you know all he has to do is sign a fricken paper called the SAFE ACT & No MOre Round ups!!! there is nothing to discuss it is a proven fact that it is not the horses damaging the land theyre 5000 sheep on public lands & privately owned cattle on public land & that idiot bundy owes us 1 million dollars for it & nobody is doing a damn thing about it!!! Please VOTE we need to fix our country!!!!

    June 1, 2014