No Equine Slaughter » Court win creates public transparency and ends two-year roundup plan

26 Sep

Court win creates public transparency and ends two-year roundup plan

September 26, 2013
Legal victory stops illegal USFS Gather Agreement that was sending horses into the hands of alleged kill buyers

RENO, NV. (September 26, 2013)–Protect Mustangs, the California-based nonprofit, dedicated to protecting native wild horses and Citizens Against Equine Slaughter, the Oregon nonprofit, won their lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management and the United States Forest Service. The groups fought for public transparency and to end the government’s two-year roundup agreement.

The United States Forest Service and the Fort McDermitt Tribe signed a Gather Agreement on May 30, 2013, which directed taxpayer dollars and federal personnel to illegally roundup unbranded, wild and free-roaming horses on Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest lands and tribal lands until May 31, 2015.

However, as a direct result of the lawsuit filed by Protect Mustangs and Citizens Against Equine Slaughter, the United States Forest Service terminated the Gather Agreement on September 3, 2013.

The groups specifically requested the court order “the USFS and the BLM to withdraw the Notice and 2013 Horse Gather Agreement until such time as the agency demonstrates to this Court that it has adequately complied with the law.” Instead of litigating the legality of their Agreement, the United States Forest Service did exactly what the two groups requested and terminated the Gather Agreement.

“The USFS-McDermitt roundup nightmare was the first of what could have been two solid years of heinous roundups authorized by the USFS Gather Agreement,” says Anne Novak of Protect Mustangs. “We are grateful our lawsuit resulted in the Forest Service terminating the agreement because so many horses were ending up in the hands of kill-buyers. Many were saved by equine welfare groups but sadly a lot of horses ended up allegedly being slaughtered.”

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