ORGANIZER: Anne Novak
01 JULY 2011
For immediate release
Lawsuit filed to protect free-roaming American wild horses in Nevada
Despite thriving natural ecological balance–scorched earth policy runs roundups
RENO, NV (July 1, 2011) – In honor of the American spirit, independence, and freedom this 4th of July, the Cloud Foundation and individual wild horse advocates filed a lawsuit on Wednesday to stop the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) roundup of wild horses on the Triple B, Maverick Medicine and Antelope Valley Herd Management Areas (HMA), located on public land in eastern Nevada. The BLM has failed to show that these wild horses are a threat to the thriving natural ecological balance (TNEB) of this area or even that they are responsible for the few areas on this range which may be exhibiting some impacts from use. Despite the fact that these HMAs were specifically established for the protection of wild horse herds, the BLM is using the land mostly for other uses. There is nothing which justifies the BLM’s decision to remove 80% of the wild horses (more than 1,700 stallions, mares and foals) currently residing on this 1.7 million acre range.
“The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act does not allow the BLM to employ this intensive management action–removing these majestic symbols of the West from the range and depriving them of their freedom–without determining that such an action is absolutely necessary to maintain the thriving natural ecological balance of the range.” states attorney for Plaintiffs, Rachel Fazio. “The BLM hasn’t made this determination, so they do not have the legal authority to proceed with this roundup.”… cont.
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