The Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) today decided to drop a gruesome series of experiments on sterilization of wild mares that are the subject of a lawsuit that we brought on behalf of our clients Ginger Kathrens, The Cloud Foundation, the American Wild Horse Campaign, the Animal Welfare Institute, and Carol Walker. Last Friday, the District of Oregon issued a preliminary injunction against BLM’s experiments, finding that we are likely to succeed on claims that BLM’s restrictions on public access to observe these experiments violated our clients’ First Amendment rights and that BLM had unlawfully and inexplicably abandoned any consideration of whether the public would find these experiments socially acceptable. Now, rather than defending its attempt to prevent meaningful public oversight of these experiments, BLM has abandoned them altogether. This development marks an important victory for wild horses and for public oversight and accountability.
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