ANOTHER WIN AGAINST BLM CONDUCT AT ROUNDUPS
Pilot Conduct Triple B
Injunction to Pilot Conduct Ordered against BLM
On June 22, 2012 the Honorable Judge Howard J. McKibben issued an Injunction to pilot conduct in the Triple B Complex case that was amended following a decision in the Ninth Circuit on another matter by the same Plaintiff and attorney that changed underlying case law.
In August of 2011 Plaintiff Laura Leigh, founder of Wild Horse Education, gained a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) that shut down the Bureau of Land Management’ (BLM) Triple B roundup in Eastern Nevada. The TRO was granted directly related to the pilot flying “dangerously or unreasonably close” to wild horses during roundup operations. Specifically Leigh’s camera caught a pilot apparently striking and exhausted animal. During the hearing the Judge referenced the agencies attempt at justification a: “blame the horse affront.”
Following a victory in the Ninth Circuit on Freedom of the Press issues involving wild horses Leigh’s attorney, Gordon Cowan of Reno, amended the Complaint to address the new case law.
The new ruling makes the parameters of the TRO permanent through the life of the Environmental Assessment, or 2013.
“With each new case that wins you create a new vocabulary of sorts within the conversation of law,” says Cowan, “If you spend time in a law library reading cases you can see the evolution of the conscience of our nation. “
“Rulings like these help to validate the marathon of documentation and creating a chain of information,” said Leigh, “This has been a grueling process lasting years. It is extremely encouraging to see that the ‘faces of the voiceless’ are being heard.”
The originally ruling and pending Amended Complaint were instrumental in spurring the BLM’s investigation that lead to the Triple B review that admitted much of the alleged conduct had occurred. That document promised a policy on the ground to address the issues of humane care. To date no policy has been issued by the agency.
The legal action and documentation can be supported through contributions to Wild Horse Educationhttp://wildhorseeducation.org
Wild Horse Education has completed an Analysis of BLM’s report on conduct at the Triple B roundup.
This analysis includes two documents released by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) titled “Triple B Wild Horse Gather Team Review” and “Triple B Response to Recommendations.” This analysis also includes observations of operations prior to, and post, the Triple B “gather.”
After thorough analysis of the report (and upcoming BLM roundup schedule) the concluding recommendation is as follows:
“Suspend operations until a care standard has been defined and consequence for violation of that standard clearly outlined. Any protocol put in place could be amended, expanded or changed during a prescribed implementation period.”
Read Wild Horse Education’s Analysis of the report by clicking the image below:
Wild Horse Education is continuing in the Court system to fight for a Humane Care standard. After winning the first TRO in the history of the program to conduct the fight is heading back to Court. This action is currently supported solely by Wild Horse Education (WHE).
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