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Wild Horse Advocates' Legal Victory Halts Roundups In NorCal Forest

RENO (CBS SF) -- Protect Mustangs, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, and Citizens Against Equine Slaughter won their lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management and the United States Forest Service to halt the government's two-year roundup agreement.

The agreement between the USFS and the Fort McDermitt Tribe would have funded the roundup of unbranded, free-roaming horses on Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest lands and tribal lands through May 2015.

Anne Novak, executive director of Protect Mustangs heralded the victory and said many of the horses were ending up in kill-buyers hands.

"It's unfortunate the first McDermitt roundup wasn't stopped before horses were sold at auction," said Dr.Lester Castro Friedlander, president of Citizens Against Equine Slaughter, "but we're glad we got rid of the underlying agreement that made the roundups possible."

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