LAWSUIT FILED TO HOLD BLM PUBLICLY ACCOUNTABLE FOR EXPERIMENTS ON WILD HORSES

Today, we filed suit against the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) to protect wild horse advocates’ First Amendment right to observe and document the government’s treatment of federally protected wild mares. We filed a similar suit in 2016 that led the BLM to drop a similar round of experiments. Now, the BLM has resurrected this highly invasive set of experiments and has again failed to provide the public with a meaningful opportunity to see for itself how inhumane the agency’s treatment of these federally protected wild horses really is.  Meaningful independent observation is essential to allow the public to determine whether this highly invasive surgery is socially acceptable—which is an inquiry that the BLM stressed was critically important in its 2016 experiments but has now inexplicably abandoned.  Our lawsuit, on behalf of Ginger Kathrens, The Cloud Foundation, the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, the Animal Welfare Institute, and Carol Walker, aims to protect the public’s constitutional right to know what its government is doing to these federally protected wild horses. Read the Complaint here.