Today gather operations were suspended again due to fog. A load of mares and foals were shipped to Palomino Valley Center.
Please keep coming back for updates and don’t forget the trap side adoption event at the beginning of February. Think about it… what would be more perfect than to adopt a “Diamond” for Valentine’s Day.
On January 22 WHE put up a blog post about the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) roundup of the Diamonds in Nevada.
Laura Leigh is a Plaintiff in several actions against BLM policy at their operations. Leigh’s actions currently involve the agencies lack of humane care standards and access to wild
horses and their handling by government personnel and their chosen contractors.
The most recent of which gained a TRO to certain documented handling issues at the Owyhee Complex, also in Nevada.
Over the last three years Leigh has travelled to meetings, roundups and facilities. Documenting more roundup days than any government personnel or private citizen Leigh has amassed over 100,000 images and thousands of hours of video.
Over the last two years BLM has run concurrent roundups in the western states in their government contracted “gather schedule.” More wild horses exist in the state of Nevada than in any other. Therefore the state of Nevada has been a primary focus (Utah, Oregon, California, Idaho to a slightly lesser degree and Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico peripherally). To that extent Leigh attends operations focused accordingly. Leigh does not chose the contractor, operating procedures, access zone or determination of/if excess wild horses, the BLM is the legal designator of all parameters.
BLM roundups are given authority through a process of mandate and land use planning. The BLM then determines contracts for operations and holding facilities has the “contracting agency” for the US government. Every aspect of operations is at the “discretionary” authority given to the Secretary of Interior and BLM employees under that authority. Each operation and facility is overseen by a web of BLM personnel that have the ultimate responsibility for every action that occurs.
Please note that on BLM’s “gather update page” they now post a “Leaders Intent” for handling and a temperature policy (a Leaders Intent was added to the Owyhee page AFTER the filing of litigation) Also note that BLM’s stated weather guideline is from 10 degrees F to 95 F. http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/battle_mountain_field/blm_programs/wild_horse_and_burro/Diamond_Complex.html
Our blog post was disturbing for Sue Cattoor, the BLM chosen contractor at Diamond. We invited her to write her concerns and we would publish verbatim. As Sue Cattoor sent a pdf file, and it can not be copied and pasted, in order to demonstrate that it has not been tampered with in any way, we post the letter sent to us below. Sue has always been welcome to comment and we have published her responses in the past.