"The American public is outraged elected officials aren't doing anything to stop cruel roundups and sterilization experiments on our native wild horses," said Anne Novak, executive director of Protect Mustangs. "It's disgusting and shameful. Risky drugs like PZP and other forms of sterilization are a sham at this point because there aren't any 'excess' wild horses on millions of acres of public land."
"When wild horses don't seem useful to the BLM, they're resented. Rounded up. Sterilized. Killed or otherwise displaced,"said Priscilla Feral, FoA's president. "In contrast, cows and sheep owned by large corporations and hobby ranchers are seen as having a dollar value, so ranchers are relieved from having to compete over water and grasslands with horses. Since horses are not hamburgers, Nevada and the BLM want them gone. People don't want this madness anymore."
The lawsuit states that the defendants did not prepare an Environmental Assessment for the proposed roundup and instead relied on the 2010 environmental assessment for the Clan Alpine, Pilot Mountain and Pine Nut HMA Gather Plan, which does not take into consideration science that shows the negative side effects associated with PZP. Furthermore, the BLM did not solicit public comments. In fact, FoA employees traveled to Nevada on Jan. 22 to participate in a BLM public meeting regarding the Carson City Resource Management Plan, which includes the Pine Nut HMA, but the BLM denied the public the ability to comment. When Edita Birnkrant, FoA's campaigns director, got up and spoke at the microphone anyways, she was silenced-BLM shut off the microphone and ejected her from the meeting, just like BLM removes wild horses from public land.