Nevada Wild Horses Get a Win

Dear Wild Horse & Burro Defenders;

There are good days and bad days, but Tuesday was a great day! The Cloud Foundation, Western Watersheds Project, and American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) achieved another victory for the wild horses of the Pancake Complex in Nevada. The U.S. Dept. of Justice signed an agreement Tuesday cancelling plans to round up 198 mustangs living in the U.S. Forest Service’s Monte Cristo Wild Horse Territory.

Our legal challenge prevented not only the removal of the Monte Cristo horses, it blocked BLM’s attempt to geld 200 stallions and return them to the range, and to zero out the entire Jakes Wash herd.

Wild horses in eastern Nevada

While we weren’t able to stop the Pancake Complex roundup outright, we’ve been able to stop the most damaging aspects of the roundup plan. This lawsuit is on-going, but we’ve already achieved a great deal for these horses, and we never could have done this without folks like you. It’s important that we press on in cases like these to be sure BLM does not set the dangerous precedent of releasing geldings into a wild horse herd, or zeroing out yet another wild horse herd. Once upon a time there were 339 legally designated herds. Now we are down to just 179.

In addition to the good news regarding Pancake, I’m happy to inform you that wild horse advocate Laura Leigh and the Wild Horse Freedom Federation scored a victory in their First Amendment battle with BLM. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals remanded the case back to the Nevada District court yesterday, ordering them to “apply the proper standards” in reviewing the case.

Leigh and her attorney, Gordon Cowan, filed suit when she was denied adequate access to the Silver King roundup in 2010. The case sought to show “whether the public has a First Amendment right of access to horse gathers, and, if so, whether the viewing restrictions are narrowly tailored to serve the government’s overriding interests.” You can read more about the victory here.

Ginger films one lucky horse escaping the helicopter at the Antelope Complex roundup last year

And so we press on. These are the days that remind us of why we do what we do, and how important it is to keep up the fight for the wild ones. Please support us in any way you can.

Happy Trails!


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10 Responses to “Nevada Wild Horses Get a Win”

  1. Nancy Hardin Says:

    It’s a start…let’s continue fighting for the lives of these horses. We’ve won this battle, but not yet won the war.

  2. cssssswv Says:

    THIS is simply *WonderfuL* news !!!
    Together with Laura & Gordon’s *Victory…. WOW! ……
    * the BEST “VALENTINE” I’ve Ever ¤ received !! ;D. (or hoped for)
    YOU…..All of You…
    are HEROES of our Days ! –in the Truest sense!
    And I’m sooooo
    Very Proud of U…& THANKFUL —for all You have Done, & will yet Do !!!
    —> & so, also, are Our Magnificent HORSES, {altho’ they cannot “write it”…
    …They Know! }
    –> now, I again have real Hope,
    that one day, * I Will get to See them, Running Free * somehow….!! ;D
    –& so will my Kids & Grandchildren! Thank You.

  3. Julie Miller Says:

    That is the best news I have heard in a week. It is a start and in the long run this will all work out in the horses favor and in Cloud’s.

  4. Esther (Hardin) Shipman Says:

    These horses are truly a national treasure and we need to preserve them and let them live their lives in peace.

  5. Dennis Pugh Says:

    I have plas to travel to Ely, Nev. I plan to do some research before hand as to where to travel to take photos for my own album. It looks like they may have nice lodgeing in Ely. I have no intent to chase them. I have looked on the map and the Pancake Complex is close to Ely.

  6. Joey Scruggs Says:

    Absolutely FANTASTIC News! Just goes to show the Power of Numbers and what Unity and Dedication can do.
    Most excellent!

  7. Cheryl Newcombe Says:

    I am so happy to hear this news. It is so tragic what our government does to these majestic animals. I don’t think most American’s realize what is going on out there. One for the horses:)

  8. Nevada Barbre Says:

    Wonderful news — so rare in the fight to protect our wonderful wild horses. Thanks to the determination and fine efforts of everyone that made this dream a reality. I am sooooooooooo happy! Wild Horse Annie is smiling!

  9. Ginger Leilani Chapin Says:

    I thank God for your incredible victory here. May you have many more to protect our natural wildlife from this heinous Genocide.

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