Last week the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a temporary injunction and granted the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) the right to continue with the Triple B roundup in Nevada, which would remove around 1,700 horses from the range.
The Cloud Foundation, along with ecologist Craig Downer and Lorna Moffat, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Nevada under the premise that the BLM had no evidence that wild horses are actually damaging the ecosystem.
The BLM insists that 1.7 million acres is not enough to sustain the 2,200 horses that are currently there and wants to bring that number down to between 500 and 900, and they’ve decided they need to do it now …during foaling season …in the midst of a heatwave.
On July 15 U.S. District Court Judge Howard McKibben ruled in favor if the BLM. Rachel Fazio, who represented the Cloud Foundation, filed an appeal and a temporary injunction was granted by Judge Richard Paez. Unfortunately, four days later Paez, Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw and Chief Judge Alex Kozinski declined to grant an emergency injunction arguing that they failed to show that lifting the injunction would cause irreparable harm.
“The BLM puts out all this rhetoric and assertions about damage to the range caused by the horses and there’s not a single document in evidence that shows that is the case,” Fazio told the AP.
The case will be heard by the federal court of appeals on August 12.
Take a minute to watch this video from the Cloud Foundation to see what the BLM has does with these mustangs and leave a comment at the White House or call 202-456-1111 asking for a moratorium on roundups until the BLM can prove its claims.
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