NV horse roundup suit dismissed by federal judge
CARSON CITY – A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by animal rights activists over a big wild horse roundup in northern Nevada.
U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman in Washington, D.C., on Monday ruled the suit was moot because the gather has already taken place.
He also ruled that the group In Defense of Animals, ecologist Craig Downer and children’s author Terri Farley lacked standing to challenge the removal of 1,922 from the Calico Mountains Complex north of Reno.
Critics had argued that the Wild Horse and Burro Act doesn’t authorize the BLM from shipping removed horses to long-term holding facilities in the Midwest.
A lawyer for the animal rights groups says the case was dismissed on a technicality that did not address the merits of their arguments.