Activists Sue BLM For Transparency At Wild Horse Roundups

"PORTLAND Ore. - The lawsuit argues that the public has the right to see the government-run roundups that use helicopters to chase horses for miles, often in extreme conditions that have caused suffering and death.

The Cloud Foundation (TCF), a nonprofit dedicated to protecting America’s wild horses and burros on public lands, has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon against the U.S. Department of Interior seeking to address the lack of transparency in roundups that are conducted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

In the lawsuit, TCF is pushing for the use of non-obtrusive cameras at all aspects of the roundup including on helicopters, at trap sites, and temporary holding pens, so that the public can witness and understand the full operation that removes thousands of wild horses and burros from their home ranges every year.

The lawsuit’s objective is to amplify transparency in the government’s roundup activities, allowing the public to exercise their constitutional and statutory right to observe and comprehend how federally protected wild animals are managed."

Anne Murphy reports for KPTV August 8, 2023.


Source: KPTV, 08/10/2023