Wild Horse Education

Antelope Roundup Halftime Highlights

Video above of “halftime highlights” from the Antelope Complex (Antelope/Triple B mega complex Environmental Assessment).

The massive BLM roundup of wild horses of the Antelope Complex has passed the halfway point toward meeting their goal. 1245 (455 Studs, 566 Mares, and 224 Foals) of the 2200 targeted have been captured. The BLM website notes 5 deaths so far. You can follow the ongoing roundup HERE.

Our team has been onsite at the operation since the beginning and has documented much of the chaos. Barbed wire incidents, the helicopter flying dangerously close, foals falling way behind, a large number of horses needing to be roped and more, creating even more controversy during intense drought. The agency seems to have spent most of the time over the last decade, as this drought slowly intensified, crafting new grazing schemes for livestock and approving mining than protecting our wild places and wild things and the “blame the horse” business as usual is in full force and effect.

Wild Horse Education has filed an internal complaint and a conference is scheduled. Litigation on these issues (abuse and access) has been fully fleshed out in the courts by WHE beginning a decade ago almost to the date.
It is absurd that ten years later we document the exact same conduct. Do we really need to go back to court?
We hope the agency can demonstrate some respect for past court rulings, the wild horses and the public actually do something about it and not just publish another “we care” press release that continues to deny wrongdoing.

We will keep you updated as quickly as we can. Our teams are stretched thin, every single person in field on drought or roundup or addressing our active legal actions that are striving to gain real management planning.

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You can add you name to the growing list of people that want all roundups stopped at least until the BLM does the long overdue review of the CAWP policy. WHE had to litigate relentlessly for yeas just to get a humane handling policy.  Every single year the agency has done absolutely nothing in practice to enforce, review and simply demand their own personnel read it!

Add your name HERE.

Halftime: personal reflection

“I am at the roundup, but not at the trap,” said WHE founder Laura Leigh. “I am in a time warp that needs to be ripped to shreds. Exactly ten years ago I sat out here writing the first legal case in history against abuse at roundups. We won an amazing ruling after BLM presented a defense to the court of ‘nothing wrong here,’ where there obviously was.

Today, the agency is doing is exactly what they did ten years ago. Fly dangerously close (with probable contact) and claim ‘trick/fake photography.’ Run a horse into barbed wire and claim all is fine because the horse did not bleed to death. On and on it goes.

We had to litigate relentlessly and deal with BLM excuse after excuse in court for years. We won every case. It took over 40 years, from the date the Act was passed, to treat our wild horses humanely to craft a humane handling policy and actually include it as a legal part of paperwork and into contracts.

Nearly ten years to the date of the first court ruling against abuse (Aug 30, 2011), and nearly 6 years since the CAWP policy was included into the contracts, we are exactly where we were before.

The most egregious offenders remain in control of the policy and what is considered appropriate. Those same offenders are hiding most of what happens at roundups and is entirely restricting the ability of the public to even view actual processing of wild horses at the temporary corrals.

Instead of the agency admitting things could be done better, they deny and hide, and then blame and harass those that have exposed the abuse. This is not only abuse of power and dereliction of duty… it is morally reprehensible and sick.”

The next roundup after Antelope on the schedule in NV is Owyhee. Ironically, Owyhee was the location of another one of WHEs wins in court against abuse.

Will we need to repeat the litigation began a decade ago? Seems absurd. We will keep you posted on the outcome of our internal complaint and “where we go from here” soon.

The roundup schedule has truly accelerated to levels we have not seen in a decade. Multiple roundups in multiple states will be taking place at the same time. Many of these operations wont have much notice and the schedule will continue to change rapidly.Help keep us in the field and in the courts.Thank you. 

Learn more:

Antelope Complex roundup updates

Roundups Accelerate As BLM Gives More Gifts To Livestock

More Removals Plans Approved (WHE active legal actions)

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