Judge rules in favor of wild horse advocates

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The title of this article should be “Judge rules in favor of upholding the law”. Laws are already in place to protect the wild horses of the West. It is the greed that moves these states and their ranchers to rid the public lands of wild horses. Or have so few of them that their population will not thrive genetically. The holding pens of the BLM are not a great place for these horses to be. However the alternative of auctioning them off to kill buyers is far worse. In other statements, the Nevada Farm Bureau attempts to pin the blame of land degradation on wild horses. As has been pointed out by Vickery Eckhoff – cattle do far greater damage to the land. ~ HfH

From: Great Falls Tribune
By: Scott Sonner

nevada wild horsesRENO, Nev. (AP) – A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by a coalition of rural Nevada counties that wanted to force the government to sell or otherwise dispose of tens of thousands of mustangs in U.S. holding facilities.

The judge in Reno ruled Thursday in favor of wild horse advocates who said the effort backed by the Nevada Farm Bureau was led by ranchers who want a bigger share of forage for their livestock. They said it would force the sale of federally protected mustangs for slaughter.

U.S. District Judge Miranda Du dismissed the suit as a broad attack on the Bureau of Land Management’s overall wild horse policy in 10 western states. She says it lacks specifics needed to order BLM to round-up more horses, and get rid of the ones they have.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Barbara

    Thank God.

    March 13, 2015
  • Maggie Frazier

    For ONCE – the horses came out on top – at least for the moment!

    March 13, 2015
  • Sue

    It has been known for many, many years (at least 15) that cattle are harder on rangeland vs. horses. An entire book, Welfare Ranching, has been written about that.

    March 13, 2015
  • Margo Nielsen

    Plus wild horses and Burros are BENEFICIAL to their environment. I think it is Craig Downer who has proven this and written about it.

    March 13, 2015
  • cheryl bush

    _()_Namaste Judge Miranda Du.

    March 14, 2015
  • MS

    YES! Finally, some rationality and compassion have entered the room. A truly great decision!

    I’m so elated and so happy for the horses.

    I hope more and more all will see that having horses roaming around freely is beneficial to everyone.

    The ranchers already have not only enough, but too much!

    March 14, 2015
  • arlene


    March 15, 2015