Legal action in the works to protect Gulf turtles and wild horses

Animal-welfare groups are using legal means to try to protect wild horses from roundups in the Western US and to protect sea turtles from being burned to death in the Gulf of Mexico.

First, a video featuring a report from HLN’s Jane Valez-Mitchell, who has been become an important and very visible advocate for animals.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Some are suggesting a connection between the roundups and a the path of proposed oil pipeline. Information in a 8NewsNow.com story out of Las Vegas offers more references to this possibility.

The Associated Press is also reporting on efforts to inject a restraining order to stop the roundup. Seven horses died after a recent helicopter roundup.

And in the Gulf of Mexico, the BP Oil Gusher Disaster continues to kill wildlife and impact the lives of thousands of people in the region. BP is being sued to stop the practice herding the oil and burning it on the surface, as animal-welfare groups are reporting turtles are being burned alive.

A recent story in the Pretoria News puts the number at 430 for sea turtle deaths overall from the disaster. This number represents the numbers accounted for. The toll is most-likely higher. We may never know the actually extent of the deaths for marine wildlife and others animals, such as birds of numerous species.

I’m sure BP officials won’t be counting any poor souls – turtles or other species – they are burning to death in these operations.

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