A message from Laura Leigh, WildHorseEducation.org President.
This has been another intense time. I know I have a long list of emails to answer… The roundup “season” came to an end as we then entered into a series of court issues. The Nevada Legislative session has undercut and practically destroyed all Bills (that so many worked so hard on) to promote animal welfare issues except the cooperative for management of the Virginia Range horses. Facilities are facing budget cuts as the animals held in captivity pay the price. The “horse haters” are gearing up and filling social media with propaganda as serious issues heat up on public land.
Tonight I have been going through documents provided by the BLM on Discovery in the Triple B/Jackson Mountain case. The new EA was issued last week that relies on “bait and water trapping” instead of a helicopter (I believe it is because the courts are preparing to rule on the cases that reference inhumane conduct at helicopter roundups). Both Owyhee and TripleB/Jackson will have differing matters before the courts before the month is out. The Triple B EA is a doozy. It is a real step back into the dark ages before the Act. You can expect action against it from WildHorseEducation in the coming weeks.
The NBC news piece was nice to see. They created a compelling story that we worked hard on. We hope that NBC will do a more in depth breakdown of the multitude of issues they skimmed in the program. The program dealt with justifications for removals, inhumane treatment and briefly on slaughter. The online pieces offered some additional insight and we hope you read them.
I did go to the auction yesterday of BLM wild horses at the Northern Nevada Correctional Facility. It was such a mixed moment as wild horses (many of which I had seen the removal operations) were put up for adoption after being trained by inmates at the facility. Speaking to the inmates I saw such potential for programs that are run under fiscal applications of the prison system and not under mental health. The need to get equine therapy recognized by the medical community/ insurance/ administration is very real. These types of programs are beneficial to both horse and human if done with an intention of teaching trust, kindness and healing.
The Diamond wild horses are still waiting return to the range. Livestock restrictions (although not as strict as we would like to see this year) are in effect and there are hoops to jump through before returning the 30+ back home. The thirty awaiting return represent the central portion of the range and need to go back… this is not just numbers. The wild horses awaiting return represent a necessary component to the genetic health of the region. We are hoping to update you soon.
There are so many things going on and I do not have time to tell you all the details of the work we are attempting.The next couple of weeks will be more intense than usual. I may be lax at returning emails and calls…. and I apologize.
And of course roundups will start again in about 6 weeks. BLM should be announcing the new schedule soon.
Please know that we are trying to move a mountain with a teaspoon… but it is moving. We do need your help to keep it all active.
Please visit our website and read about all we are trying to do and the information that is posted there. http://wildhorseeducation.org and watch our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WildHorseEducation
Thank you all for understanding~Laura Leigh