“It is extremely disheartening, but anything the BLM touches causes pain, that the good news that the BLM called off their planned inhumane wild mare sterilization program was completely eclipsed by the decision of the special interest BLM Advisory Board to murder and destroy 45,000 wild horses in long term holding that never should have been captured from their legal, rightful homes in the first place. Please read and share the announcement we received amid the flurry of outrage, yesterday.” ~ R.T.
BLM Hines Holding Facility – Wanna Be Home of Frankenstein Sterilization Experiments ~ Photo by R.T. Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation
At 3 a.m. this morning, Sept 9th, in the Agency’s Washington headquarters, the BLM decided to call off the Wild Mare Sterilization project. This was a clear legal victory for the pro se Appeal/Stay to IBLA (Interior’s Board of Land Appeals) of which Citizens Against Equine Slaughter, Oregon Wild Horse & Burro Assn., Central Oregon Wild Horse Coalition, and our Wild Equid League of CO were plaintiffs.
A huge thanks to all those working on this appeal, to Patience O Dowd the pro se attorney, and to all who dug up the research, prepared and personally delivered the pro-se legal documents and affidavits of standing, and kept the legal filings going. And thanks galore to the organizations supporting the appeal and protests, including Wild Horse Freedom Federation, In Defense of Animals, Union for the Preservation of Wildlife, Habitat for Horses, Mobilization for Animals, and Pity Not Slaughter. (Separate lawsuits filed by AWHPC, The Cloud Foundation and Front Range Equine Rescue no doubt contributed to the BLM’s vacate decision.) The wild mares, foals and fillies of the Burns corral no longer have to face brutal, dangerous, secret experiments conducted by BLM in cooperation with Oregon State University and BLM contractor Dr. Leon Pielstick. More than 50,000 citizens wrote to BLM and OSU in opposition to these mad scientist scenarios.