Cattle Growers Challenge Forest Service Plan to Shoot Feral Cattle

The New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association, Spur Lake Cattle Co., Nelson Shirley, individually, Allen Campbell, individually, and the Humane Farming Association filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), challenging the agency’s approval of the “mass slaughter of as many as 150 ‘unauthorized’ cattle in Gila National Forest.” Plaintiffs allege that the Forest Service has approved a project that would authorize APHIS to shoot cattle with high-powered rifles from a helicopter and leave their carcasses throughout New Mexico’s Gila Wilderness. Plaintiffs allege that the Forest Service has no legal authority to carry out the slaughter and are seeking declaratory judgment and injunctive relief.