Bureau of Land Management prosecuted for kidnapping horses

The Cana Foundation, Laura Leigh and Wild Horse Education filed a complaint against the United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Nevada Director of the BLM, alleging that the defendants violated the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act (WFRHBA) by deciding to remove these animals without a plan of herd management area (HMAP) required. ).

The Cana Foundation is a nonprofit corporation that uses science-based data to create rewilding initiatives for horses and their environment, according to the complaint. The Wild Horse Education – joined by their Founder and President, Laura Leigh – is a national, nonprofit society that researches, engages in public education, and reports on federal and state management of free-ranging wild horses and burros. .

According to the complaint, the BLM began planning to remove 1,000 animals from Blue Wing Complex herd management areas in August 2021; the BLM plans to implement this plan on August 1. NEPA and WFRHBA require defendants to review and report environmental impacts before initiating proceedings such as relocation of horses; however, the complaint alleges that BLM failed to provide HMAPs and NEPA environmental impact assessments.

Plaintiffs seek the following relief: a writ of prohibition restraining defendants from rounding up horses until they comply with the violated acts, an order and injunction urging defendants to cease the Blue Wing Complex project until that the defendants comply with the acts violated, as well as attorneys’ fees and expenses.

The plaintiffs are represented by PC GreenFire Law and Castroverde Legal Group.