RENO, Nv. — Wild horse advocates were back in federal court yesterday in Reno trying to block shipment of hundreds of mustangs gathered from a national wildlife refuge based on arguments the government has violated their First Amendment right to observe the handling of the animals.
Horseback Magazine photographer Laura Leigh testified in U.S. District Court yesterday that federal officials have kept her nearly two football fields away from the holding pens at
the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge on the Nevada-Oregon line.
From that far away, she said can’t even count the horses, or tell if they’re being mistreated.
A viewing day planned at the pens last week was canceled due to the government shutdown, and the site is otherwise off limits for safety and security reasons.