Wild Horse Education (WHE) is going to post a “video a day” for the next week. Each day the video presented will carry a message conveyed in a blog post. Our “year in review for 2012” is almost complete and we will post that next Saturday! YES it is a bit late for according to the calendars that normal people live under, but WHE operates on the roundup/court schedule that generally is it it’s height in January. For us at WHE, and those that follow roundups, March 1 is the end of the roundup year… and it begins again (usually) on July 1. With the amount of work in other areas this year we are getting it out a bit late!
One of the projects Wild Horse Education engages in is bringing the public information on BLM wild horse and burro
roundups. Wild Horse Educations founder, Laura Leigh, was recently called “Likely the most knowledgeable journalist on wild horses,” by a Federal Judge during a hearing in a matter that Leigh has been actively engaged in trying to gain access to wild horses and burros from “range through ultimate disposition” for over 2 1/2 years. That case has created a published opinion and new case law actively cited in civil rights and First Amendment issues beyond the scope of wild horses and burros. The motion is awaiting another ruling from Federal District Judge Larry Hicks and is pending hearing on the underlying case. READ HERE>>>
Traveling from roundup to roundup is a time consuming marathon that stretches ones physical and emotional abilities. WHE does not go to a few days a year, WHE is there as often as possible and it has been recently estimated (as NBC news reviewed years of Leigh’s footage) that she has attended at least 450 days (perhaps nearly 500 days) of operations in the last three years. This task includes running back and forth to bring the documentation into a courtroom to address issues of inhumane treatment!
The effort for humane treatment of animals during roundups and in facilities was one Leigh was told was impossible to address in the courts. Now three temporary restraining orders (TRO’s) and a preliminary Injunction later, WHE continues to carry two active cases that directly address inappropriate conduct by an agency tasked by Congress to manage wild horses and burros humanely. The case that gained the first TRO and Preliminary Injunction to conduct in the history of the Act is still active and in the process of Discovery in the courts. Another case that has already gained stern language to inhumane treatment is heading for a hearing on Preliminary Injunction.BLM has recently announced “Memorandums” on humane care, that do not represent a specific policy or enforcement, but it is at least recognition that change is needed. READ HERE>>>
We start “Video Week” with the year in review “I Wanna Run Free.”
Eagle Complex (3 HMAs), Antelope Complex (3 HMAs), Kiger and Riddle HMAS, Triple B Complex (4 HMAs, including Cherry Creek), Barren Valley (3 HMAs), High Rock Complex (5 HMA’s) and the beginning of the Calico Complex (6 HMAs) is included in the video. An HMA stands for Herd Management Area as defined by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
Music by Maria Danes.
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