For Immediate Release: June 7, 2016
Wild Horse and Burro Advocacy Group Funds Multiple Lawsuits over Bureau of Land Management Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Violations
Pinehurst, TX – Wild Horse Freedom Federation (WHFF) has announced that it is currently funding three Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits that allege the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) violated its duties under FOIA. Records sought are in connection with the BLM’s Wild Horse & Burro Program. Debbie Coffey, V.P. and Dir. of Wild Horse Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation, is the Plaintiff. The lawsuits are pending in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in Washington, DC.
Attorneys Daniel J. Stotter of Corvallis, Oregon and C. Peter Sorenson of Eugene, Oregon filed the lawsuits.
R.T. Fitch, President and Co-Founder of WHFF states, “Wild Horse Freedom Federation serves in a “watchdog” capacity over the BLM’s Wild Horse & Burro Program. Unimpeded transparency of federal government agencies is the cornerstone of democracy.”
On January 21, 2009, President Obama sent a memorandum to the heads of executive departments and agencies regarding an open and transparent government, stating that, “Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their Government is doing.”
President Obama continued, “The government should not keep information confidential merely because public officials might be embarrassed by the disclosure, because errors and failures might be revealed, or because of speculative or abstract fears. Nondisclosure should never be based on an effort to protect the personal interests of Government officials at the expense of those they are supposed to serve.”
Wild Horse Freedom Federation (WHFF) is a registered, Texas non-profit corporation with 501c3 status in all 50 states. WHFF puts people between America’s wild equids and extinction through targeted litigation against governmental agencies whose documented agendas include the eradication of wild horse and burros from public, federal and state lands. WHFF is funded exclusively through the generosity of the American public.