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
RENO, 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.