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9th Circuit Court denies injunction to prevent wild horse roundup

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco denied an extension this afternoon of a previously ordered injunction to prevent the round up of 1,700 mustangs by the Bureau of Land Management.

An on again off again battle to stop the roundup from the Triple B Complex in eastern Nevada began last friday with the denial of an injunction by the U.S. District Court in Reno, Nevada. Rachel Fazio, attorney for plaintiffs Cloud Foundation, Craig Downer and Lorna Moffit, immediately filed an appeal with the 9 th circuit court. An 11th hour decision to issue the temporary injunction prevented the BLM from proceeding on saturday as planned.

Failure to prove irreparable harm should the roundup be allowed to take place is cited by a three judge panel as being the reason for denial.

Anne Novak, spokesperson for the Cloud Foundation, stated, "It's really hard to lose this one. There are more angles we will use in the future. We will not tolerate the status quo. Wild horses are not being protected by the law. We will not give up. "

Chris Hanefeld, BLM public relations officer for the Ely District Office , stated the roundup will begin tomorrow in Long Valley, a remote location within the Triple B Complex. Hanefeld had no other comment regarding today's ruling.


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