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Nevada wild horse roundup to go on as planned Monday, federal judge rules

December 23, 2009 |  2:00 pm

MustangA federal judge has denied a request by an animal protection group to block a roundup next week of about 2,500 wild horses in Nevada.

The mustang roundup planned for Monday would be one of the largest in Nevada in recent years.

Federal officials plan to use helicopters to force the horses into holding pens before placing them for adoption or sending them to long-term holding corrals in the Midwest.

Mustang advocates say that using helicopters is inhumane because some of the animals are traumatized, injured or killed.

U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman said that roundup opponents failed to demonstrate that removal of the horses would violate federal law.

-- Associated Press

Photo credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

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