The Lasso Tightens Around America\'s Wild Horses

Illegally captured wild horses should be returned to the range. Shameful.

The Lasso Tightens Around America's Wild Horses

From Andrew Cohen's new article in The Atlantic: "To wild horse advocates, the ones who fret daily over the worsening plight of the American mustang, Montana's Republican former senator Conrad Burns holds a special spot in the pantheon of enablers, cynics, scoundrels and villains who have conspired for generations to endanger the health and safety of the herds. In November 2004, at the last minute, it was then-Senator Burns who inserted into a 3,300-page budget appropriations bill a single-paged rider that amended the 1971 Wild Horse Protection Act so it was legal, once again, to slaughter wild horses."

"With the subsequent stroke of President George W. Bush's pen, Burns thus achieved (without any legislative debate) what Wild Horse Annie's Act had specifically sought to prevent. By re-authorizing slaughter, Burns had nurtured the political incentive for the feds to capture and control more wild horses. The economics of that, in turn, helped free up more public/private land for more use by the livestock, oil and mining industries. The free market, in other words, was unleashed upon the horses. They never stood a chance. And they still don't." Click here to read the rest of the story, to thank The Atlantic for publishing it, and to post your own thoughts.

Twin Peaks Wild Horse Hearing Changed To February 24 At 10 A.M.

IDA's lawsuit (with other plaintiffs) challenging the BLM's round-up and removal of close to 2,000 wild horses and burros from the Twin Peaks HMA in northern California and western Nevada is finally moving to an adjudication of our legal claims under the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. If we win, we will push to have the wild horses who were illegally captured returned to the range.

If you are near Sacramento, please attend: In Defense of Animals et. al. v. United States Department of the Interior et. al., February 24, 2012, 10:00 a.m., U.S. Federal Courthouse, Eastern District of California, 501 I Street, Courtroom #7 (14th Floor - Judge Morrison England Jr.), Sacramento, California. Important: The time and date of the hearing can change at any time (it has already changed once). IDA encourages arrival by 9:30 to get through security and into the courtroom. Please see our alert for more details, including important courthouse security procedures. For more information, contact


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