Wild horse roundup in Nevada is canceled amid outrage.


By Stephen Dinan, The Washington Times, August 8, 2013

Unknown-1The U.S. Forest Service late Thursday canceled a roundup of wild horses scheduled for Friday in northern Nevada after horse advocates learned about it and made it public, accusing the government of trying a “stealth” effort to break the law and send the horses to a slaughter auction.

The advocates said the Forest Service failed to give proper public notice of the roundup and was using an agreement with an Indian tribe to “launder” the horses so they could avoid public scrutiny and send the horses to slaughter.

After the threat of a lawsuit from the horse groups and questions from The Washington Times and other media outlets, the Forest Service relented.

“The U.S. Forest Service has decided to postpone the removal of horses on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest in Nevada tomorrow in order to allow for better coordination of the process,” the agency said in a statement from its office in Carson City, Nev.

It’s the latest hiccup as the federal government battles with horse enthusiasts, who also are fighting to stop the government from resuming inspections of horse meat slaughterhouses. Without the inspections, the meatpacking plants cannot process the meat for human consumption.

Agriculture Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack, whose department oversees the Forest Service and the Food Safety Inspection Service, said earlier this year that there should be a better way to treat horses than to have them slaughtered — though he didn’t offer any specific changes.

Activists cheered the Forest Service’s decision to put off the roundup.

“This is great news,” said Suzanne Roy, director of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, which joined other groups in threatening to sue. “We knew from the start this was a dirty deal that obviously couldn’t survive the light of day. We’re glad it was postponed and now we’d like to hold Secretary Vilsack to his word about needing a better way to manage horses other than to send them to slaughter.”

The Forest Service was tight-lipped with information. Continued… Read more at the Washington Post


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AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
  • Emma Miller

    Keep helping these animals they deserve a chance @ life just like us and any other animal!!!! I support you guys

    August 10, 2013
  • karen

    National outrage and national media coverage is exactly what is needed and what will hopefully put an end to this “debate.’ Horses are companions, not food animals, never have been here and never will be. But if there is money to be made, then some humans can justify just about anything. These roundups pale compared to what USDA’s Wildlife Services program does to kill wildlife to protect livestock on public land. All of this abuse and death using our tax dollars.

    August 10, 2013
  • Joshua Dillon

    Keep up the great work…Horses are a majestic creature and should be protected from the ignorance of this world. If and when

    August 10, 2013
  • Robynne Catheron

    Praise God, and thank you Advocates!

    August 10, 2013
  • Arlene

    BRAVO !!!! Nevada Mustang Advocates, Gods Speed to all of you !!!!!!

    August 12, 2013
  • The sale is STILL going to happen this Saturday with 100’s of reservation horses with most likely a bunch of BLM wild horses in there too…….we NEED MEDIA coverage at the Fallon Livestock Exchange sale in Fallon, Nevada on August 17th!

    I am taking photos and video beginning today, August 12th, and every day up until sale day of the reservation wild horses as they arrive at the kill sale yard in Fallon, Nevada and will be posting them on our rescue page The Starlight Sanctuary on Facebook.

    I would hope to see WILD HORSE advocates NOT only care about BLM wild horses and will care to help these reservation wild horses NOT all be bought by the kill buyers.

    So please everyone, CALL the media and try to get them to cover this and be at the sale on Saturday, August 17th……I do fear that some of these horses will be going through the regular weekly kill sale tomorrow, but unfortunately, there is not much that can be done about that on such short notice……we need media on this to shame the Tribes into not doing this again, and again, and again, because at this point, it really looks like they are breeding horses strictly for slaughter and that is not only inhumane, it is CHEATING when they make money with no rules, regulations, or laws that should be in place for horse slaughter dealers who are clearly running businesses…….

    I can be reached at laura@totalsierra.com or PM me at The Starlight Sanctuary on Facebook or call me at 775-223-9620…..I will be happy to speak to ANYONE about this, but most especially the media so we can get this STOPPED because it is a major RACKET where the horses are the ultimate losers by slaughter and a horrific death.

    August 12, 2013