MAY 18, 2011 UPDATE: In Defense of Animals has filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for its inhumane wild horse roundups. Recently the lawsuit has been given the go-ahead by a federal judge in Sacramento, despite the BLM’s attempts to dismiss the suit. – Global Animal
L.A. Times, Scott Sonner
RENO — Horse protection advocates have claimed a rare legal victory as part of a larger effort to end federal roundups of free-roaming mustangs on public lands in the western United States.
A federal judge in Sacramento ruled Wednesday that In Defense of Animals and others can move forward with their lawsuit accusing the Bureau of Land Management of violating U.S. laws that protect the animals on the range.
Judge Morrison England Jr. denied the BLM’s motion to dismiss the suit based on claims it is moot because the specific roundup in question was completed months ago in Nevada and California. He says if he ultimately finds the roundups illegal, he can order the horses returned to the range. He says he also can order the BLM to follow the law in future.
Just last October the ASPCA called for help to stop the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from continuing inhumane and fiscally irresponsible wild horse roundups. Now there is an amendment that could save our nation’s horses. And the $2 million of our tax money that it takes to gun down these animals. See the ASPCA’s below and consider taking action to help get this amendment passed. — Global Animal
Dear Animal Advocates,
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) continues to mismanage the care of wild horses and burros. The agency’s current policies allow inhumane methods of gathering and confining equines, and could spell the end for these national icons. But there’s still an opportunity to help save our wild horses. U.S. Representative Dan Burton of Indiana has succeeded in passing an amendment to the Interior Appropriations Bill to cut $2 million from the BLM’s annual budget in order to pressure the agency to end its ill-conceived efforts.
This amendment was adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives and will soon be considered in the Senate. Please let your two U.S. senators know that they should support the Burton amendment to cut $2 million dollars from the BLM’s budget—this cut saves money and our country’s wild horses.
What You Can Do:
Please ask your U.S. senators to support a $2 million reduction in the BLM’s budget and help protect wild horses! Visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center online to email your senators now.