Sunday, November 15, 2009

Wild horse advocates consider legal options

Associated Press

Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009 | 6:08 a.m.
Wild horse advocates say they have no recourse but the courts after federal land managers rejected their request for an immediate moratorium on mustang roundups.
The Bureau of Land Management plans to remove more than 30,000 horses from Western rangelands over the next three years to deal with soaring numbers of the animals and costs to manage them.
John Holland of the Equine Welfare Alliance says his group is considering its legal options after the BLM rejected its request to halt the roundups.
The Chicago-based coalition opposes Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's proposal to move thousands of mustangs to preserves in the Midwest and East to protect horse herds and the rangelands that support them.
BLM spokesman Tom Gorey says there's scientific evidence to justify the roundups.

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