Triple B Investigation Report Finally Released

Calico roundup December 2011

BLM Issues Report on Inhumane Wild Horse Roundup Allegations

Report Admits Wrongdoing Related to Inhumane Treatment

HOUSTON, (WHFF) – Today the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the long awaited report on its internal investigation into allegations of inhumane treatment in connection with the Triple B wild horse roundup that occurred in Nevada during July and August of this year.

The documentation, and subsequent lawsuit filed by Laura Leigh of Wild Horse Education (WHE) and Wild Horse Freedom Federation (WHFF), resulted in a court order directing BLM pilots to temporarily stop their aggressive and harmful attacks on wild horses.  The court’s order was in response to videotaped evidence of BLM helicopters actually hitting horses to frighten and force them towards capture.  The legal action, filed by attorney Gordon Cowan of Reno, documented multiple additional acts of abuse and aggression by BLM towards the wild horses, including deprivation of food and water, use of electric cattle prods to shock the horses, and cruel handling at various stages of the capture.

The BLM report admits that it saw “specific instances of inappropriate, aggressive handling” and that wrongdoing had occurred, and provides recommendations for future roundups.  The report acknowledged the dangerously close helicopters, excessive pursuit of individual and small groups of horses, the use of rags as whips around horses’ heads, and “kicking, slamming of gates, pinning in gates, twisting of tails during horse loading processes.”  But despite all these admitted acts, BLM refused to agree with “animal welfare experts” that the horses were treated inhumanely.

“I find the report encouraging,” states Leigh, “however it is of interest that no document filed by the BLM in the course of litigation admits any wrongdoing occurred.  And the recommendations in the document are not in effect on the ground.  At the recent Calico roundup I have witnessed several instances of inhumane treatment that are in conflict with the recommendations.  There is no excuse for not having a standard in place before any further helicopters fly.”

Judge McKibben’s pending ruling will address the request for a postponement of the roundups until a policy is in place that outlines handling and a system of consequence for violations.

“The idea of sane and sensible management starts with honest conversation,” states R.T. Fitchauthor and president of WHFF.  “We have attempted to discuss these policies of treatment of the horses before, during and after their capture with BLM, but the possibility of productive dialogue was ignored by the BLM until litigation became a necessity.  A federal agency that insists on operating in such a manner is breaching its obligation to the public.”

Links of interest:

BLM report:

Some observations since Triple B


6 thoughts on “Triple B Investigation Report Finally Released

  1. conniej947 says:

    Laura… one step in the right direction thanks to you being out there!

  2. Mar Wargo says:

    YES! You are doing great, dear friend. Hugs, take care! mar

  3. Cat Smith says:

    Those beautiful animals and their lives are ended. Needlessly, inhumanely for the purpose of commercial interest. DISGUSTING! It sickens those of us that know what a horse is and how much they deserve to be protected by humans everywhere. It strikes at our hearts and sickens us. STOP THE CRUELTY! STOP IT! STOP IT! STOP IT!

    Thank you Laura! God! Thank you!

  4. I didn’t whether to read this or not. I have read so many bad things in the last couple of days I didn’t know if I could handle any more bad news. While this is encouraging, the roundups and still being conducted. So many horses and no where to go. However, I want to thank you for all your have done for these horses Laura. It took a lot of courage to do what you did and my hats off to you and your legal team.

  5. Audrey Caprio says:

    I can’t ..anymore. I can’t bear to watch videos, or even see pics. I remember petitioning for the END to horse slaughter in U.S years ago -which occurred- what – 06? . However, – the bill to end transport to slaughter, and the slaughter prevention act was never a fait accompli . Now funding is back again!!! I remember being jubilant when the 3 slaughterhouses in U.S. closed. I can’t currently watch any videos. on the roundups, and treatment, and I feel almost worse for the poor burros (dear, sweet, intelligent beings) …I keep up daily with you, RT, and various other causes, although I seldom write. I sign petitions, and call. However, please know, Laura, from the bottom of my heart, I thank you, and I admire you greatly – for all that you are doing. The wild ones are a precious gift, with an indomitable spirit. ….and my favorite quote is, “Horses show us the way back to a home, which they have never left.” (Cheryl Chernoble?) Sooooo true….but I would interject that it is true of all animals, who are our brethren. … I just went “Christmas” shopping, and put in an order from your gift store, as well as from Ginger’s (Cloud foundation), along with Defenders of Wildlife – for meaningful presents. I have just made a Christmas donation to WildHorse Merry Christmas, to you (&Elvis), and all, whose life mission is to make this world a better place for all living creatures. May you be greatly blessed in the new year. Also, anyone interested, GREAT video of the latest author of “Snowman”, the beaten down- (7or 8 yr old – young) “throw – away ” farmhorse, saved from the killer buyers in the 1950’s, at New Holland, PA, to go on to a Hall of Fame show jumper …(not that this matters – but it just exemplifies the worth of all living beings) –

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