WHOA has lost its lawsuit against the NM Livestock Board. This afternoon, Judge Huling of the Second Judicial District Court dismissed the lawsuit that the Wild Horse Observers Association (WHOA) brought against the NM Livestock Board (NMLB). WHOA had maintained that it was illegal for NMLB to use its estray livestock procedure to deal with free-roaming horses captured in the Placitas area because, WHOA alleged, the horses are “wild”.
The editors of this blog and several other Placitas residents had joined the case as “defendants by intervention” to protect local wildlife habitat and support private property rights and the right of citizens to use the NMLB’s estray livestock services that our tax dollars fund.
We’ll provide more details soon. Right now, we’re celebrating.