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Lawyers To File Emergency Stay to Stop Wild Horse Roundup in CA

Legal Push Planned to Save 2,000 Wild Horses and Burros

SACREMENTO – Attorney Stuart Gross of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy on behalf of In Defense of Animals et al., will file an emergency stay Friday morning (August 6) to prevent next Monday’s (August 9) scheduled helicopter roundup of over 2,000 of the last wild horses and 200 burros in California from the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area north of Susanville. This afternoon Judge Morrison C. England, Jr. denied Plaintiffs’ Motion for a Preliminary Injunction.

Gross will present a letter from 54 members of Congress to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar that demands a halt to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wild horse roundups and recommends reform of “what seems to be a deeply flawed policy. . .” Representatives Barbara Lee, George Miller, Lynn Woolsey, and Mike Honda are among the members of the California Congressional delegation who signed the letter on July 30, expressing concern over the BLM’s recent helicopter roundup of 1,224 Nevada mustangs, which caused the deaths of 34 of these iconic animals, including at least eight foals.

Gross will argue that the proposed roundup, conducted in the heat of summer, will unnecessarily subject many old, sick, lame and vulnerable young wild horses to potential injury and death. He contends that the BLM’s current policy of mass roundups, removals and stockpiling of horses is unnecessary and violates the 1971 Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. An emergency stay is necessary to prevent harm to the horses until the lawsuit is resolved.

The lawsuit was filed July 16 on behalf of ecologist Dr. Chad Hanson, a researcher at the University of California at Davis and author of numerous scientific studies; Barbara Clarke, wild horse expert and director of 2,000-acre DreamCatcher Wild Horse and Burro Sanctuary in Northeastern California; Linda Hay, a local resident who has visited and enjoyed the Twin Peaks horses for the past thirty years; and In Defense of Animals, a Bay Area-based animal protection organization.

Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, with offices in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York and Washington D.C., is joined as counsel in the lawsuit by the national law firm of Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney and San Francisco Bay Area-based environmental attorney Rachel Fazio.

“The Department of Interior’s mismanagement of our public resources, so tragically revealed in the Gulf oil spill, extends to our nation’s treasured wild horses and burros,” said Gross. “This emergency stay aims to stop the agency’s mass and illegal removal of federally-protected mustangs from the range to serve the livestock industry and other commercial interests that exploit our public lands.”

Gross noted that BLM, while deeming wild horses and burros overpopulated, authorizes four to seven times more privately-owned sheep and cattle to graze the nearly 800,000-acre, federally protected Herd Management Area.

“The BLM now warehouses more wild horses in government holding facilities than are left on the Western range. The vast majority of the captured Twin Peaks horses will join the 38,000 mustangs already stockpiled in zoo-like conditions,” said Bill Spriggs of Buchanan, Ingersoll and Rooney. “This scheme is not only fiscally unsustainable, it is also blatantly illegal.”

“The Department of Interior has a policy of removing mass numbers of wild horses from the range without fulfilling its obligation to establish the need for the action,” said environmental attorney Rachel Fazio. “This circumvention of these legal requirements and the unfounded determination that 2,000 Twin Peaks wild horses and burros are ‘excess’ is a cornerstone of this legal action and emergency stay.”

Wild horses comprise a small fraction of grazing animals on public lands, where they are outnumbered by livestock nearly 50 to 1. The BLM has recently increased cattle grazing allotments in areas where wild horses are being removed. Currently the BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public lands of which cattle grazing is allowed on 160 million acres; wild horses are only allowed on 26.6 million acres of this land, which must be shared with cattle. The Obama Administration has accelerated the removal of wild horses and burros from public lands in the past year.

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  1. Here’s hoping for a good ruling. And here’s hoping our CA legislators will do more than give lip service to the plight of the wh&b within this state. Time to take a real stand and start flexing some of that legislative muscle.

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  2. I sure hope they can do something this time & get this roundup stopped & no way do I believe there are 2000 horses out there nor 200 burros. I have a hard time finding even six burros up at Red Rock Canyon, where they zeroed out the wild horses back in 2004. It just sucks & gets worse everyday for these animals.

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  3. This judge was appointed by Busch, so I’m a little worried. I sure hope it goes thru. I’ve sent some of the letters (articles about Salazaar to EL Rushbo) Maybe if he got enough of them he would enter the fight. He’s big on the oil mess right now.

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    • It doesn’t really serve any good purpose to trash either political party. The wild horse problem isn’t the result of just one party or the other. It’s both. Greed is one of the few bipartisan aspects of our very flawed government.

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  4. Laura is Going to Court This Morning!!!!!!

    Please Donate to her Legal Fund ASAP!!!!!! There is Need.

    Go to GrassRootsHorse.com to help get this case moving today!!

    Thankyou for all your donations past and future!!! We love you all! mar

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  5. Well this is California and not Nevada and I hope californians will turn out in masse…The whole town of Norco should show up for this! Show them we care! We are making “Last Stands” for these horses-lets give it everything we’ve got!

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  6. Remember this article that was posted here on June 24. This needs to out to legislators and press, especially in California–ASAP.

    June 24
    The BLM’s Snow Job About Water on the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area

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  7. very distressing the new Animal Angels report on the CALIFORNIA horse dealers feedlot a BLM BRANDED WILD HORSE is sitting in this old time horse dealers ‘feedlot’

    It is supposed to be against the LAW of Ca. to send horses to slaughter. Why does California let these horse dealers have thousands of horses a year that DO end up at slaughter plants? Why doesn’t california make some money charging these horse traders with crimes? They ARE breaking California law and have been breaking the law forever!
    picture, story and link to follow-

    “””5/21-6/4/10 Misner Horse Feedlot, Chino, CA
    The feedlot continues to have trash all over the premises. Investigators photograph a BLM mustang with freeze brand in the pen area. Water in tubs appears filthy and undrinkable. Horses have no shelter. Sharp, metal debris in pen area make injuries likely. Recently AA has obtained new evidence concerning Misner’s horse slaughter related interests in New Mexico and Texas. We will be sharing this information with authorities in CA and urge them to initiate an official investigation.

    pic of BLM branded horse in known horsetraders Ca. ‘feedlot’

    link to AA website- http://www.animals-angels.com/index.php?pageID=598

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    • Simply put Laura, the State of CA enforces their anti-slaughter law the same way the Feds enforce illegal immigration and the 1971 Act….your tax dollars at work sad to say. That guy in Chino is infamous….I used to live there many moons ago.

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    • There’s never been an arrest under this law ever. And CA horses get snuck into surrounding states all the time. In spite of the fact that Barbara Boxer does not believe that CA horses go to slaughter it happens and happens all the time. I have written to suggest they start arresting and confiscating equipment such as trucks, real estate etc that is used in the commission of a crime. Gov Arnold is as good at acknowledging a communication as Obama–nothing, nil, zip. This law was just a joke when it could have meant something, life to our horses. Anyone in CA we need to keep pushing for prosecutions under existing law.

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  8. I hope we and more importantly the wild equines get a break, but I am not optimistic.

    I wish them well, but they should expect that they will not get any relief for our cause or the well-being of these American Icons until they appeal to the Ninth District or is that Circuit at the Federal level. What depresses me is that NO ONE WILL GRANT A RESTRAINING ORDER and that must be for one of two possible reasons: (1) hard to stop the government at anything and, (2) the filings are not demonstrating/articulating the proper relief or causation language along with the initial lawsuit. IOW, they aren’t couching the lawsuit correctly. What we see as reasonable is NOT being interpretated the same as the jurists we continue to face. Essentially, we have to get (or the attorneys) smarter than the judges. Hate to say that.

    The only thing I could suggest is to contact a law school that has a pro bono animal or government/Bill of Rights group. I’d start with Lewis and Clark up in the Pacific Northwest or UVA that just got a boatload of cash as an endowment from Bob Barker. I’d also highly research the WEst Douglas Herd filings as they DID get a restraining order.

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  9. p.s. Could some please do a [sic] re: the spelling of California’s capitol?

    It’s SacrAmento…not Sacremento…….been bugging me all day. Don’t know who is responsible, don’t care; just correct please.

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  10. Yes there was important information Louie in that article about BLM’S devious deceptive corrupt plans on destroying our Wild Horses: http://ppjg.wordpress.com/2010/06/21/the-blm’s-snow-job-about-water-on-the-twin-peaks-herd-management-area/#comment-5153
    In addition Greg Downer issued this report on the BLM’s illegal plan to wipe out 2000 of Americas Twin Peaks Wild Horse herd:
    ( In addition there was reports of BLM showing people on a tour of the area dried up water holes litered with debri and cattle feces and saying the horses did not have water there and that was why they were rounding them up- of coarse through the article above and other digging it was found the BLM where trying to divert all water to a private person to exploit for financial gain and of coarse their usual – fencing off horses and providing private welfare cattle with all our water on our public lands.
    Report from Craig Downer on upcoming wild horse wipe out in TWIN PEAKS , CA -Wild Horses are supposed to be primary on HMA – however they are being removed and CATTLE , SHEEP AND OUR WATER IS BEING FRAUDULENTLY TRANSFERRED TO A PRIVATE IND.
    CRAIG DOWNER – Report on Flight from Truckee Airport (CA) passing over various mountain ranges and valleys to the Owyhee Wild Horse Herd Management Area (whhma), Rock Creek whhma, and Little Humboldt whhma. (Ill. w/ digital photos taken on flight.) Elko District, Bureau of Land Management, North Central Nevada, ca. 80 miles NW of Elko. Note: wh is abbreviation for wild horse(s) Flight realized on Monday, June 21, 2010, Summer solstice. Dates of report preparation 6/24-25/2010. Background: Three whhma’s encompass > 482,000 acres of which 336,262 acres are in the Owyhee whhma, 102,638 acres in the Rock Creek whhma and 15,734 acres in the Little Humboldt whhma. Northern portions of the Owyhee whhma occur in the Columbia Plateau physiographic region, but most are in the Great Basin physiographic region. Drought and lack of forage due to fires are being cited by BLM officials as reasons for the drastic reduction of these wild horse herds. BLM plans to gather 1,548 wild horses (the currently estimated total population) and to put back only 399, or which 195 would be PZPed mares with 2-year sterilization effects. This works out to leaving one wild horse per 1,200+ acres – an extreme marginalizing of this species by any standard and very contrary to the “principal” presence mandate of the Wild Horse Act. Objective: To observe wild horses, their numbers and conditions, note their locations and the ecological condition of their habitat and to observe and note the livestock present in the whhma’s, their numbers and relative proportions vis-à-vis the wild horses, their areas of concentration and ecological effects. Flight arranged by Lighthawk organization to assist with the gathering of factual information and data concerning the conservation of wild horses on public lands. Observer and reporter: Craig C. Downer, Wildlife Ecologist, P.O. Box 456, Minden, NV 89423. ccdowner@yahoo.com. Equipped with D-80 Nikon digital camera with 28-300 zoom lens loaned by wild horse supporter. Weather: Clear with high, wispy cirrus clouds, conducive to greater flight stability due to less atmospheric convection. Airport of Origin and Return: Truckee Airport, California, west of Reno. Time of departure: 8:30 AM. Pass over Reno airport flying over Pah Rah Range, a legal wild horse herd area that has been “zeroed out” by BLM. No wild horses observed here, contrary to statement by Mr. Larry Johnson of the national wh/b advisory board on 6/15/10, Denver meeting, though considerable spring green-up, or grassy vegetation is observed. Our plan is to refuel at the Winnemucca Airport to the east. 10:00 AM. Note vast extension of purple hued Bromus tectorum, a.k.a. Cheat Grass, as plane nears Winnemucca. Velocity: 109 knots. Headwind 10 mph from east. 10:30 AM: Land at Winnemucca Airport. Unfortunately the airport has run out of fuel. We will fly to Battle Mountain Airport to the east to fuel up. We depart at 10:55 AM. 11:12 AM: Flying over portions of Sonoma Range to SE of Winnemucca, I note many cattle (est. 400) mainly grouped around water sources. No wild horses observed. The Sonoma Range Herd Area (NV0223) should have a fair number of protected wild horses, but BLM officials have decided to not manage for them, i.e. to “zero out” in this 150,999-acre herd area (Fiscal Year 2008 USDI Public Lands Statistics). Prevalence of green grass noted, including much purplish cheat grass. Some short aspen groves noted around springs at higher elevations. Enormous open pit mines observed and photographed en route. These have major detrimental effects on water, soil, air, wildlife and human health in the region, including underground water flow disruption and water pollution with mercury, nitrous and sulphuric acid leachates, etc. 11:36 AM: We land at the Battle Mountain Airport for refueling. Fortunately fuel is available here. 12:10 PM: After refueling and eating lunch, we take off from Battle Mountain Airport. We plan to fly to the town of Midas then over portions of the Little Humboldt whhma, Rock Creek whhma then on to Owyhee whhma, reaching the South Fork Owyhee River. 12:43 PM: North of Midas, in the Little Humboldt whhma, seven groups of ca. 12 cattle are seen, for a total of 84. No wild horses observed. Abundant grass here, also large open pit mine. Photos. 12:49 PM: Finally a band is observed consisting of one gray and one sorrel, a male-female pair. Geographical Positioning System (GPS) reading: N 41 deg 21.37 min; W 116 deg 43.6 min. Photos. 12:54 PM: Group of 17 wild horses observed. GPS: N 41 deg 23.19 min; W 116 deg 41.0 min. Appears to be two wh bands in association. Abundant grass & water present. Photos. 12:56 PM: Another band with 9 wh’s including 2 foals encountered and photographed. GPS: N 41 deg 23.3 min; W 116 deg 35.56 min. 12:59 PM: Band of 6 wh’s including one foal spotted & photographed. GPS: N 41 deg 21.36 min; W 116 deg 33.12 min. 1:02 PM. Congregation of several wh bands spotted & photographed. GPS: N 41 deg 22.85 min; W 116 deg 32.3 min. 8 bands with following numbers of wild horses observed: 8, 11, 9, 4, 9, 8, 7, 12. Plane circled around to extensively photograph these. Sum of wh’s in this congregation: 68. Note: This is an upland habitat with plenty of green grass and water sources. This is north of Willow Creek Reservoir near 7,020-foot-high Soldier Cap mountain in the Rock Creek whhma. 1:07 PM: Another band of 7 wh’s seen to SW. Light colored wh’s. Photos. GPS: N 41 deg 25.75 min; W 116 deg 29.2 min. Ca. 400 cattle observed along a stream and meadow near here. GPS. N 41 deg 28.85 min; W 116 deg 28.44 min. Ca. 300 more cattle congregated along a tributary of the above stream. GPS: N 41 deg 32.06 min; W 116 deg 28.1 min. 1:11 PM: Estimated 1,000 cattle observed up to 1:18 PM at GPS: N 41 deg 44.16 min; W 116 deg 25.14 min. Area devoid of wh’s. 1:21 PM: Owyhee Desert – high altiplano (Spanish for high plateau) noted to north. 1:24 PM: Ca. 40 cattle noted by South Fork of Owyhee River. No wh’s. We fly along Owyhee River. GPS: N 41 deg 5.6 min; W 116 deg 34.8 min. We aim to fly to Capital Peak. Flying along the S. Fork of the Owyhee River, we have not seen any more wild horses, but much evidence of dedication of the land to livestock, e.g. frequent reservoirs, water tanks, fences, grass pasture and hay fields, etc. See photos. 1:26 PM: We continue to note considerable spring green-up of vegetation, though today is the first official day of summer. 1:30 PM: GPS: N 41 deg 55.83 min; W 116 deg 45.7 min. No livestock or wild horses. Several water catchments have been excavated by caterpillar. Incidentally, when they wallow wild horses created such natural catchments for wildlife much less intrusively. 1:34 PM: Another congregation of wild horses spotted in open high plain with trailings. 41 wh’s group together, estimated from 5 bands. Another band of 7 wild horses containing dark grayish blacks amid lighter grays and sorrels. Photos. These bands centered around the following GPS: N 41 deg 56.2 min; W 116 deg 48.2 min. Another group of 15 wh’s spotted, including grays, roans, sorrels and blacks. This is possibly 2 bands running together. Same general GPS location. 1:38 PM: Observed another nearby congregation including 1 band of 6 wh’s, 1 group of 23 wh’s (possibly 3 separate bands), 1 band of 5 wh’s. I note sparser, drier habitat here and many trails. It appears that these wild horses are being relegated to this area by a system of fences that favor livestock. My earlier entry into the northeastern portion of the Owyhee whhma a couple of months ago revealed extensive fencing and control of water to favor the intensive management of livestock, especially cattle. 1:41 PM: We spot another congregation of 12 wild horse bands. GPS: N 41 deg 57.7 min; W 116 deg 51.3 min. Groupings with the following numbers were encountered: 13 (2 bands) 22 (3 bands), 15 (2 bands), 7, 9, 10, 7, & 9 wild horses. Extensive photos except for last band of 9. Judging from the converging trails from the distinctive individual band home ranges, his summer solstice congregation appear to be trailing to and from a water source. The total number here is 92 wh’s. 1:43 PM: We decide to return to south, to Battle Mountain to refuel, as our small plane requires frequent refueling. A band of 7 wild horses is photographed at GPS: N 41 deg 53.8 min; W 116 deg 52.1 min near an artificial reservoir. Many white ant hills dot the terrain. Ranch over-flown at GPS: N 41 deg 51.18 min; W 116 deg 52.27 min. No wh’s seen. Remnant snow banks from large winter drifts at ca. 5500 feet elevation. GPS: N 41 deg 47.3 min; W 116 deg 53.18 min. No more wild horses seen. 1:50 PM. Rusty orange water tank spotted. GPS: N 41 deg 43.24 min; W 116 deg 53.38 min. Vegetation is dry and parched, very possibly due to rancher’s monopolizing water from highland drainages. Sparse stunted vegetation. Old pioneer wagon trail seen running E-W, since the old ruts from Conestoga wagons remain in delicate desert ecosystem. 1:55 PM: GPS: N 41 deg 34.7 min; W 116 deg 53.3 min. Neither wild horses nor livestock observed in this dry region. Many ant nests, several water catchments. Low topographical relief in this high altiplano. 2:00 PM: Flying over another ranch. GPS: N 41 deg 29.65 min; W 117 deg 0.3 min. Big meadows and streams. Ranch is monopolizing a large portion of the water for many miles around here for raising livestock. Big reservoir to west along major ranch road is Chimney Reservoir. I observe ca 500 cattle in this area. 2:06 PM: One band of 7 wild horses is observed to the east. GPS: N 41 deg 23.3 min; W 117 deg 01.07 min. Green up of vegetation is noted in high altiplano. Many cattle whose number is estimated at ca. 1,000 profusely dot the landscape, especially around water sources such as streams and springs. 2:10 PM: GPS: N 41 deg 12.87 min; W 117 deg 01.10 min. Ca. 300 cattle present, especially in and around water drainages and also in higher areas in groups of ca 70. No wild horses observed. 2:20 PM: Nearing Battle Mountain Airport. No more wild horses observed. 2:47 PM: Refuel at Battle Mountain Airport. High overcast. Much more grass this year compared with recent years according to the lady attending airport. But are the wild horses getting their fair share of this in their legal herd areas?! 3:06 PM: Take off from Battle Mountain to return via Reno to Truckee Airport in Sierra Nevada mountains, over-flying dry and desolate Humboldt Sink. Very strong jolt to plane cuts pilot’s hand flying over Reno at 4:45 PM. Gravity measured at ca. –1. 5:00 PM. Land at Truckee Airport. 6 ½ hours total flight time. Tabulations of Totals Observed during Flight over 3 whhma’s: Owyhee, Rock Creek & Little Humboldt. Wild Horses Observed during Flight Number of Bands Number of Horses GPS Location 1 2 N 41 deg 21.37 min; W 116 deg 43.6 min 2 17 N 41 deg 23.19 min; W 116 deg 41.0 min 1 9 (w/ 2 foals) N 41 deg 23.3 min; W 116 deg 35.56 min 1 6 (w 1 foal) N 41 deg 21.36 min; W 116 deg 33.12 min 1 8 N 41 deg 22.85 min; W 116 deg 32.3 min 1 11 ditto (Rock Creek whhma congregation of 1 9 ditto 68 wild horses) 1 4 ditto 1 9 ditto 1 8 ditto 1 7 ditto 1 12 ditto 1 7 N 41 deg 25.75 min; W 116 deg 29.2 min 5 41 N 41 deg 56.2 min; W 116 deg 48.2 min 1 7 ditto (First Owyhee whhma congregation of 2 15 ditto 97 wild horses) 1 6 ditto 3 23 ditto 1 5 ditto 2 13 N 41 deg 57.7 min; W 116 deg 51.3 min 3 22 ditto (Second Owyhee whhma congregation 2 15 ditto of 92 wild horses) 1 7 ditto 1 9 ditto 1 10 ditto 1 7 ditto 1 9 ditto 1 7 N 41 deg 53.8 min; W 116 deg 52.1 min 1 7 N 41 deg 23.3 min; W 117 deg 01.07 min Total Bands Total Wild Horses 312 Cattle Observed during Flight Number of Cattle GPS Location Little Humboldt whhma. Ca N 41 deg 20 min; W 116 deg 45 m N 41 deg 32.06 min; W 116 deg 28.44 min N 41 deg 32.06 min; W 116 deg 28.1 min N 41 deg 44.16 min; W 116 deg 25.14 min N 41 deg 5.6 min; W 116 deg 34.8 min N 41 deg 29.65 min; W 117 deg 00.3 min N 41 deg 12.87 min; W 117 deg 01.10 min N 41 deg 23.3 min; W 117 deg 01.07 minTotal Cattle Observed 3,624 Conclusion: Wild horses were observed to be present in only the very small portion of the three wild horse herd management areas that was over-flown and are certainly not being treated as the principal presences within their legal herd areas as required by the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. The horses I observed were in good condition, although Their numbers are dwarfed by livestock, even within these their legal areas. This is the fault of our public servants, namely BLM officials in charge of protecting and managing this national heritage species at thriving, long-term-viable levels. Reform is urgently needed. This could be accomplished through a revised version of the Restore Our American Mustangs bill (ROAM Senate Bill # 1579). This important bill has already been substantially passed by the House of Representatives but currently is being stopped by powerful vested interests in the Senate. It now languishes in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Pressure is urgently needed to get this moving again before it dies with the ending of the present Congress later this year. The planned roundup of the Owyhee, Rock Creek and Little Humboldt whhma’s needs to be called off; and a more objective assessment of relative numbers and resource allocations needs to be undertaken with the aim of restoring fairer mustang population numbers in this vast and spectacular region. BLM should exercise its authority under Code of Federal Regulations 4710.5 & .6 to cut back on livestock in order to accomplish this.

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  11. Excellent report Craig!!!!!! Thank you Shari.

    Multiple use means just that; not one enterprise or species over the other.

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    • Perhaps this is where we need to take them on..the Challis herd in Idaha survived for quite some time under a court order not to mess with them, and finally got a couple of appeal judges weak kneeded enough to go along with them..but the dissenting judge wrote a powerful and scathing opinion that I forwarded to the right people suggesting they might use the pathway as he put forth..My whole hearted belief..its not the law that is allowing the BLM to remove the horses..Its sort of the administrative rules and regs..the BLM is writing that has allowed them to circumvent it..WWP right now has a suit filed against then on 28 RMPs, that the way these decisions are constructed is illeagle and violates the law..if you look at the map of these 28…they are horse HMAs…say..God bless WWP every night in your prayers!!!

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      • In a fit of spite, the BLM moved in recently and removed most of the wild horses that WWP had allowed to remain on the land…pure spite, because they couldn’t ever beat WWP, they took those loved wild horses off the preserve..go to their website and view those pictures ..they were beautiful, I asked and they said most of the horses removed were adopted by locals and a few remain on green fire.

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  12. Lets all hope they are successful. Is anyone following this blog an attorney or judge? What would be involved with charging Secretary Salazar and Director abbey with failure to comply with the 1971 Wild and Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act. Who can bring charges and in what kind of venue or court would charges be heard?

    Clearly, between this blog, Laura Leigh, Elyse Gardner, Geroge Knapp, Ginger Katherns, AP, the BLM’s press releases, information on the BLM’s own web site that misues what little science it uses, El Paso Corp., Elyse Gardner, the GOA, the 1982 National Academy of Science summary explaining how land can be used by either horses or cattle—explaining ratios, the absence of evidence that the BLM is using science to base its decisions.

    A press release from the BLM yesterday stated the all male horses from the Tuscarora gather over 12 months old are going to be gelded. By their own hand, the agency has decided to destroy the American wild horse. What else could be expected if all are gelded?

    It is becoming clearer by the day that Secretary Salazar is planning to get these horses into a position where they can be quickly removed from their Western habitats to the grazing areas in the East and Midwest. The President increased his budget this year by several million dollars. I just hope someone will adopt those colts before the BLM gets a chance to ruin the genetic lines of this valuable wild horse. Any horse that is tough enough to live in the conditions that some of these horses live in and thrive, should be considered very valuable.

    There is so much wrong about this. The more one looks the deeper and darker it gets.

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  13. Too many federal judges are caving in, so—PETITION your congressmen–BIG TIME. ELECTIONS are coming. Congressmen can be given pink slips and judges can be taken off the bench. All are paid by US-United States citizens.
    Be certain to let the Twin Peaks information be known.

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  14. I fired off another letter to the white house asking them to stop this or we the horse people will unite and not vote this administration back in. I have trained, rescued horses, and lived breathed them for 45 years and never in my life have I been so livid with this government. I pray to God they do the right thing and stop this.

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  15. The government isn’t going to save the wild horses, but the public can. With the groundswell of citizens rising to protest BLM’s actions at this ‘eleventh hour’, we really do have a chance to help the horses this time. We just have to shout loud and long that we won’t let BLM steal OUR horses.

    Here’s to the Voice of the People! Forward Ho!

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