On Friday, July 22, attorneys from the International Association to Protect Mustangs and Burros and those from the United States Forest Service clashed over the issue of selling wild horses in Arizona.
Lawyers representing the International Association to Protect Mustangs and Burros stepped onto the plate. They argued in federal court that the 18 horses captured by the U.S. Forest Service should be moved to a national forest, rather than being sold to buyers or possibly butchers, as originally planned. head. Attorneys are asking judges to stop the sale of Arizona horses seized by federal authorities, according to the Tucsonsentinel news agency.
Troy Froderman of the FR Law Group and a representative of the International Association to Protect Mustangs and Burros presented evidence that horses have lived in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest for decades. He adds that these are free-range wild horses that enjoy the protection of the Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.
A proof ping pong ball
Troy Froderman gave evidence as a newspaper clipping showing a resident viewing wild horses in the area. The lawyer added that the defense lacked similar historical evidence. ” We are the only ones to give evidence from an eyewitness who said in 1918 that he had seen wild horses. he told the court.
Hannah O’Keefe and Taylor Marshall, representing the United States Forest Service, have pointed out that horses and other farm animals threaten the habitat of several endangered species. ” Wild horses and oxen have caused significant degradation of important habitat for the endangered New Mexico prairie gerbil. briefed the Center for Biodiversity. “ Wild horses and cows encroached on critical gerbil habitat for the first time after the Wallow Fire in 2011 destroyed the border fence between the White Mountain Apache Reserve and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. “.
Troy Froderman countered that the government had failed to determine that the requisitioned horses were not protected wild horses. ” If the Forest Service wants to remove them as illegal pets, they must prove that they are not wild horses “He claimed. According to him, the agency only studies one-tenth of the Apache-Sitgreaves national forests.” These horses harm the habitats of species protected by the Endangered Species Act Hannah O’Keefe replied, ” [Les chevaux] are also harming themselves because the increase in population makes them exceed the capacity of the land “.
Ericka Luna, an expert witness and forestry supervisor for the National Forest, said the US Forest Service has gone to great lengths to prevent butchers from taking the animals. ” We do our best to ensure that we prevent animals from entering the slaughter pipeline while complying with our regulatory obligation to remove animals illegally. “She explained it to the federal court. When U.S. District Court Judge Steve Logan asked the Forest Service’s attorneys whether the problem was overcrowding or incompatibility, they didn’t immediately know. It was not until much later that lawyers for the US Forest Service admitted that it was an overpopulation problem.
Judge Steven Logan ended the session by stating that he would resolve the matter on advice and that he would issue a due process ruling.