Sacramento, CA – Horse protection advocates have claimed a rare legal victory as part of a larger effort to end federal roundups of free-roaming mustangs on public lands in the western United States.
A federal judge in Sacramento ruled on Wednesday that In Defense
of Animals and others can move forward with their lawsuit accusing
the Bureau of Land Management of violating U.S. laws that protect
the animals on the range.
Judge Morrison England Jr. denied BLM's motion to dismiss the
suit based on claims it is moot because the specific roundup in
question was completed months ago in Nevada and California. He says
if he ultimately finds the roundups illegal, he can order the
horses returned to the range. He says he also can order BLM to
follow the law in future.