MGE WINS PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION TO HALT WILD HORSE STERILIZATION EXPERIMENTS

In a major victory for wild horses and our clients, MGE today secured a preliminary injunction from the District Court in Portland, Oregon to stop a series of experiments on a gruesome procedure called ovariectomy via colpotomy, which the Bureau of Land Management had planned to perform on 100 wild mares.The Court found that our clients, Ginger Kathrens, The Cloud Foundation, the American Wild Horse Campaign, the Animal Welfare Institute, and Carol Walker, have a right under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution to observe this important government activity, and that the BLM had unlawfully infringed on that right by forbidding observation of this experiment by an independent veterinarian or through the use of cameras.The Court also found that BLM had unreasonably abandoned its previous effort to assess whether this procedure is “socially acceptable.” Focusing on Ms. Kathrens’ role on BLM’s own Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board, the Court granted a preliminary injunction that will stop these experiments while the case moves forward and that will protect our clients’ constitutional rights.