Dec 16 2009
Judge asked to block wild horse roundup in Nevada. These roundups often are just a euphemism for slaughter.
WASHINGTON – An animal protection group asked a federal judge Wednesday to block a plan to round up about 2,500 wild horses to remove them from a Nevada range. The mustang roundup planned for Dec. 28 would be one of the largest in Nevada in recent years. Federal officials plan to use helicopters to force the horses into holding pens before placing them for adoption or sending them to long-term holding corrals in the Midwest. Mustang advocates say use of the helicopters is inhumane because some of the animals are traumatized, injured or killed.
A lawyer for In Defense of Animals, a California-based group that advocates on behalf of animal protection, called the roundup plan illegal. “The BLM’s policy of mass removal and stockpiling of horses was never authorized by Congress when it protected these iconic animals in 1971 as an important part of our national heritage,” said William Spriggs, a Washington lawyer who argued against the roundup plan in court Wednesday.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced the mustang roundups in October as part of a new management plan he said would avoid the need to kill any wild horses. Interior Department officials had warned last year that slaughtering some of the 69,000 wild horses and burros under federal control might be necessary to combat rising costs of maintaining them.
Salazar said the current program is not sustainable for the animals, the environment or taxpayers.(TAXPAYERS being the operative word here and since when are horses bad for the environment?) YAHOO NEWS
For those of you who are also horse lovers, a friend of mine is a very talented artist who specializes in horse paintings and drawings in oils, pastels, and watercolors. She does great dog pictures, as well.
Her name is Joan Chakonas and her website is: HORSE RACING PAINTINGS
Check out her YouTube page for videos of her work: Joanc57