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Barring a lawsuit, 800 wild horses to be rounded up in Wyoming

By as published in the Colorado Springs Independent

“the Department of the Interior sold out America’s wild horses.”

Roundup at Great Divide Basin in 2011 ~ photo by Carol Walker of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

In this week’s issue, Bret Wright spoke to Ginger Kathrens, executive director of the Cloud Foundation, an advocacy group for wild horses. With Kathrens’ help, along with that of gallery owner and artist Tracy Miller, an exhibit devoted to wild horses opened at Cottonwood Center for the Arts.

Kathrens, a local filmmaker whose efforts have appeared on Nature, will also screen her latest installment of a series of documentaries she’s made following wild horses in Montana, on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Tim Gill Center for Public Media (315 E. Costilla St.).

As Kathrens told Wright, wild horses are regularly rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management, due to overpopulation. However, Kathrens and her kind find their methods questionable and their round-up practices cruel.

On Aug. 1, the Cloud Foundation, along with other along with other advocacy groups filed a lawsuit in federal court in Wyoming to block the BLM’s planned round-up on Aug. 20 to gather 800 horses from the Wyoming Checkerboard area, in the southwestern quadrant of the state. They will be removed permanently.

The suit alleges the BLM violated the National Environmental Protection Act, the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act.

“The BLM’s decision to move forward without any opportunity for public review or comment on such a drastic action is a blatant slap in the face to the American public and the Democratic process,” Kathrens says in a press release. “Losing these wild horse families so that private livestock interests can continue to make money at taxpayer expense is truly disgusting.”

Linked in the release (below) is an 2013 in-depth article from The Atlantic about this particular population in the Checkerboard, and, how, as the article states, “The Consent Decree reads like a capitulation by the feds. It does nothing to protect the horses or to recognize that the ranchers receive enormous financial benefits from the below-market leasing rates on public land.”

Or, to put it more bluntly, how “the Department of the Interior sold out America’s wild horses.”

Lawsuit Filed to Halt BLM’s Scheduled Wild Horse Roundup on the Wyoming Checkerboard

Scheduled roundup would permanently remove all wild horses on 1.2 million acres.

CHEYENNE, WY (August 1, 2014) – The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC), The Cloud Foundation, and Return to Freedom today filed a lawsuit in federal court in Wyoming to block the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from rounding up over 800 wild horses from the Adobe Town, Salt Wells and Divide Basin Herd Management Areas (HMAs) in the southwestern part of the state.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court of Wyoming by the public interest law firm Meyer Glitzenstein and Crystal, alleges that the BLM violated the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act (Wild Horse Act), and the Administrative Procedure Act, by authorizing the permanent removal of hundreds of wild horses from public and private lands within these three HMAs, known as the Wyoming Checkerboard. BLM has authorized this large-scale roundup of wild horses from public land in Wyoming without conducting any environmental analysis, without engaging the public during the decision-making process, and without making certain statutorily required determinations under the Wild Horse Act.

“BLM’s plan to roundup over 800 wild horses from Wyoming is an egregious violation of federal law and established procedures for public input,” said Suzanne Roy, AWHPC director. “In proceeding with this roundup, the agency is blatantly placing ranching special interests over the interests of the American public and our federally-protected wild horses on public land.”

“The BLM’s decision to move forward without any opportunity for public review or comment on such a drastic action is a blatant slap in the face to the American public and the Democratic process,” states Ginger Kathrens, Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation. “Losing these wild horse families so that private livestock interests can continue to make money at taxpayer expense is truly disgusting.”

“If this roundup is allowed to proceed, it will be the beginning of the end for half of Wyoming’s remaining wild horses,” said Neda DeMayo, founder and president of Return to Freedom. “This is just another complacent surrender of the BLM to pressure from livestock ranchers, a convenient tactic to proceed with wild horse eradication.”

Carol Walker, plaintiff in the case and Wild Horse Freedom Federation board member said,” BLM is primed and ready to annihilate wild horse families in the Adobe Town HMA despite the fact that the vast majority of these horses do not even live in the Checkerboard.” The noted photographer and author went on to say, “the horses would not have a chance if this action goes forward. They’ll be destined to a life of incarceration and the American public will lose an iconic symbol of freedom and independence.”

Click (HERE) to read the rest of the story at the Independent

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  1. And yet Wyoming continues to show wild horses on their ads on TV to entice visitors to their state. I doubt there are many vacationers who are dying to see large herds of livestock decimating public lands by overgrazing. Shame on you, Wyoming!

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  2. What is wrong with these people in power. They don’t give a fly… about these horses or about the will of the American People. They want the American People to be passive so BLM and others can do what they want to these horses.

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  3. Two days ago BLM leased 40,000 acres (about 1/5 the size of Rhode Island) to Oil & Gas companies in Wyoming – some at $2 per acre. And we wonder why they are zeroing out our wild horses? To them it has NOTHING to do with wild horses or wild burros or sage grouse or any other animal. They do not even see any animals … they ONLY see dollar signs.

    http://www.wyomingbusinessreport.com/article/20140806/NEWS/140809962
    Take a close look at Wyoming on google earth to see the pock-marks of previous/current wells … sickening.

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  4. IcySpots, a lawsuit has been filed, according to this news release.

    LAWSUIT FILED TO HALT BLM’S SCHEDULED WILD HORSE ROUNDUP ON THE WYOMING CHECKERBOARD
    http://wildhorsepreservation.org/media/lawsuit-filed-halt-blm%E2%80%99s-scheduled-wild-horse-roundup-wyoming-checkerboard
    Posted on August 1, 2014

    Casper, WY (August 1, 2014) – The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC), The Cloud Foundation, and Return to Freedom today filed a lawsuit in federal court in Wyoming to block the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from rounding up over 800 wild horses from the Adobe Town, Salt Wells and Divide Basin Herd Management Areas (HMAs) in the southwestern part of the state. In just over a week, over 32,000 citizens signed a petition protesting this pending roundup.

    The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court of Wyoming by the public interest law firm Meyer Glitzenstein and Crystal, alleges that the BLM violated the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act (Wild Horse Act), and the Administrative Procedure Act, by authorizing the permanent removal of hundreds of wild horses from public and private lands within these three HMAs, known as the Wyoming Checkerboard. BLM has authorized this large-scale roundup of wild horses from public land in Wyoming without conducting any environmental analysis, without engaging the public during the decision-making process, and without making certain statutorily required determinations under the Wild Horse Act.

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  5. This must be stopped! It is the epitome of injustice both toward the wild horses and their freedom and toward every decent human being with conscience still alive. Please come hear my talk this coming Tuesday 8-12-14 if possible. I have a new updated version of my book The Wild Horse Conspiracy also obtainable in print or as eBook through amazon. Talk is at Gold Hill Hotel, just south of Virginia City Nevada. Dinner starts at 5 pm (optional) an talk is at 7:30 pm. Number to call is 775-847-0111 for reservations or directions. I will talk about Wyoming situation and all western states incl. Nevada and California

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    • Wish I could be there but don’t live in Nevada – is there any chance it could be livestreamed on the web like the Weds. call in shows?

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