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Advocates protest over wild horse management

February 22, 2010

Protesters at McCarran Airport to greet President Obama.

Wild horse advocates line the street in protest.
© Elyse Gardner, Craig Downer, and friends

About 130 wild horse advocates protested in Carson City in Nevada on Saturday.

The protesters gathered between the Capitol and Legislative Building to demonstrate their disapproval of management of the nation's wild horses and burros.

Protesters also gathered in Las Vegas on Thursday for a protest coinciding with US President Barack Obama's visit.

Wild horse advocates have been increasingly vocal in recent months, alarmed by the scale and pace of gathers.

They condemned the recent Calico muster in northern Nevada, in which more than 1900 horses were removed from five herd management areas.

The Bureau of Land Management, which administers the wild horse and burro programme, says the musters are necessary to preserve the quality of the delicate rangelands.

Advocates want a moratorium on musters pending a review of long-term management strategies.

The OBAMA sign reads "Order the BLM to Abolish Mustang Atrocities".

Craig Downer, Simone Netherlands, and Elyse Gardner.

© Elyse Gardner, Craig Downer, and friends



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