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About those wild horses: Another “Bored” Meeting?

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Debbie Coffey    Copyright 2011   All Rights Reserved.

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After reading the Federal Register notice (Sept. 6, 2011) announcing the next Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting in Arlington, VA, Oct. 13-14, 2011, it seems that the “Public Comment Procedures” as written here may be in violation of your First Amendment right to free speech.

The notice states that “Speakers must submit a written copy of their statement to the address listed in the ADDRESSES section above, or bring a written copy to the meeting.” 

Why “must” you do this?  It’s a public meeting and you don’t have to submit anything to have the right to speak at a public meeting.  You can just tell them your name and tell them you want to speak.  Period.  The meeting will probably be recorded and the BLM could use the recording for transcription purposes, and any requested written comments should be voluntary.  That is not what is stated in the Federal Register.  Also, requiring that speakers submit a written copy of their statements could discourage some people (who don’t like to write) from speaking.  

You also don’t have to “address the specific wild horse and burro related topics on the agenda.”  This is a violation of your First Amendment right to free speech.  You can talk about anything you want to talk about.  If you want to get up and read “Little Bo Peep” for 3 minutes (or whatever time limit they set), you have the First Amendment right to do that.  If the BLM only wants you to talk about topics on the agenda, and then controls the agenda, they could then possibly control the content of public comments, which might then be against your right to free speech.

The notice also states “The BLM considers comments that are either supported by quantitative information or studies or those that include citations to and analysis of applicable laws and regulations to be most useful and likely to influence BLM’s decisions on the management and protection of wild horses and burros.” 

Why do we have to include “quantitative information or studies” with a comment or opinion for it to be most likely to influence” the BLM? More

TS Radio…Laura Leigh update on wild horse obliteration

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Laura has filed a 1st Amendment Rights lawsuit against the Department of the Interior (includes the BLM) that is in the 9th Circuit Court in California.

Laura has been to more BLM wild horse roundups than any BLM employee.  She has also served as Subject Matter Expert for The Equine Welfare Alliance in the research department and has been affiliated with many equine welfare groups in many capacities.

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TS Radio…Laura Leigh update on wild horse obliteration

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Sun J strikes again!

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posted by Debbie Coffey for Laura Leigh

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At about 30 seconds into this video of the BLM roundups, you’ll see the helicopter (N34CM), believed to be flown by Josh Hellyer of Sky Aviation, strike an exhausted horse with the skids of his helicopter.    

Sky Aviation is a subcontractor hired by BLM contractor Sun J of Vernal, Utah.  Sun J has been using hot-shot electric prods on our wild horses during loading, and not giving our wild horses enough water in the heat. 

An article was written about this same contractor months ago.

Please send this video to Congressional representatives and demand an IMMEDIATE CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATION into the Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Program. 

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Truth Squad Radio: Wild Horses

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Sheldon Horses and Burros: We will not forget you, again

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WILD HORSE EDUCATION.org

Education for responsible change

For Immediate Release:                                           July 7, 2011

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Laura Leigh

wildhorseeducation@gmail.com

Sheldon Horses and Burros: We will not forget you, again

Although horses were on the land we call the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge prior to the Refuge getting it’s designation, and before the passage of the Federal Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act, they have no enforceable protections. These wild horses are fair game for slaughter.  More

Wild Horse Education.Org is Born

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Update from Wild Horse Education

Laura Leigh Launches New Wild Horse Endeavor

Today is the launch of www.WildHorseEducation.org  More

The BLM’s Internal “Investigation”: The Fox Guarding the Henhouse

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Debbie Coffey Investigative journalist/PPJ

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         “Under this option, any facility could become a focal point for public, media or Congressional attention.  Increased levels of security would be needed at all locations, or the activity may need to be moved off-site to a more appropriate and secure facility.  Increased support from public relations and management staff would also be needed to insulate those doing the actual work from public, media and Congressional scrutiny/criticism.”               

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After the many horrific photos and videos of the Antelope HMA wild horse gather being conducted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) contractor, Sun J, the BLM Review Team appointed to do an internal investigation (AKA cover-up) found “no violation by wild horse gather contractor of existing BLM policy and procedures” and Director Bob Abbey called for a “NEW NORMAL” for doing business.  More

Nevada Wild Horse Court Case Still Alive and Kicking

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Live link:  Straight from the horses heart

 

Press Release from Grass Roots Horse

Seeking a court order to stop the already underway Silver King, Nevada wild horse roundup, at least until the court can hear the case, Laura Leigh filed an amended motion for a Temporary Restraining Order today, October 1, 2010 in Reno, NV. More

Feds and Contractor Caught Conducting Covert Wild Horse Stampede

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(The News as We See It) by R.T. Fitch ~ Documentation supplied by GrassRootsHorse

GrassRootsHorse Catches BLM and Dave Cattoor with their Pants Down

BLM/Cattors covertly loading and shipping wild horses from Sheldon ~ Photo by Katie Fite

While law makers and the American public had their eyes concentrated on the much contested Silver King round up in Nevada the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) along with helicopter contractor David Cattoor where conducting an unpublished and unannounced secret wild horse gather at the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge (Sheldon). 

Plaintiff in several suits against the BLM for lack of transparency and violation of First Amendment Rights, Laura Leigh of GrassRootsHorse, was tipped off that there was illicit activity taking place at Sheldon as many roads were closed due to a “wild horse gather”.

On September 22, 2010 Ms. Leigh discussed this situation with wild horse advocate Leslie Peeples, who was already on the road to visit another wild horse herd, and Ms. Peeples immediately changed plans and headed to Sheldon to investigate as no such “gather” was indicated in any public records.

On the morning of Sept. 23, 2010 Ms. Peeples phoned the Lakeview office of the USFWS and when asked if a wild horse gather was being conducted she was told, “yes”. 

Cattoor Truck at Sheldon ~ Photo by Leslie PeeplesMs. Peeples headed out to Sheldon on back roads when she encountered an oncoming semi-truck with a livestock trailer being towed behind it at a reasonable speed.  Ms. Peeples intended to ask the driver where the stampede was taking place so she pulled her car over to the side of the road and stepped out into her lane of traffic to flag the driver down for information.  Upon seeing this, according to filed court documents, the truck driver aimed for the center of the road, speeded up and missed running over Ms. Peoples by only inches.  More

BLM Clobbered with Law Suit to Cease ALL Helicopter Stampedes

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 September 25, 2010 (The News as We See It) by R.T. Fitch

 GrassRootsHorse Sends BLM into Legal Tailspin

Photojournalist and videographer Laura Leigh, supported by GrassRootsHorse, filed a motion for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) at 0500hrs PT, September 24th 2010.

Horseback Magazine Reporters R.T. Fitch and Laura Leigh at Twin Peaks Stampede ~ Photo by Terry Fitch

The motion names as defendants Ken Salazar, Bob Abbey, Ron Wenker and the BLM as it asks for an immediate cessation of all helicopter roundups and related activities regarding any and all aspects of actions related to wild horse movement, gathering or roundup as well as any actions involving all the horses in both short and long term holding.  The case has been assigned to the Honorable Judge Hicks who, likewise, is considering Ms. Leigh’s contempt complaint regarding the Tuscarora stampede.

This motion is all about accountability, access, transparency and the First Amendment rights granted to all U.S. citizens under the Constitution.

“This is about the horses, each and every horse. Every individual life that leaves the range matters and is important to the American public. This is not about some bulk inventory and it is about time that the government recognizes that fact. We are not going away. The wild horses and burros are living beings mandated to be managed humanely.” said Maureen VanDerStad of Grass Roots Horse, a nonprofit group based in grass roots activism.  More

BLM’s Wild Horse Stampede Contractor Exposed as Deceptive

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(The News as We See It) by R.T. Fitch

“Wild horses never made it through hundreds, thousands and millions of years until Dave and Sue Cattoor showed up to save them from their impending doom of living wild and free on the land that has been their homes for centuries.  What a tremendous burden the Cattoors bear by playing God to the publicly owned wild horses of the United States of America, I am in awe.”_____________________________

BLM’s David Cattoor Plots to Subvert First Amendment Rights, Again!

 Dave Cattoor, “I’m not going to give them the one shot that they want” ~ Photo by Jim Wilson/New York Times ___________________________

It was subtle, it was sweet and done with such professional flair that most people would have missed it on the first go around but a second viewing cements the words and causes the jaws to drop.  Clare Major, of the New York Times, caught on video BLM Wild Horse Stampede contractor Dave Cattoor discussing with his company and BLM personnel the process of killing a horse, that his firm would injure, and how to hide it and dispose of it in such a manner that the public and press would not see it or become aware of the incident.  How sweet is that? 

All the King’s horses and all the King’s men will never be able to put Cattoor’s words back in his mouth again.”

Sunk, doused and caught with his pants down all due to the desire to be “famous” and to appear in the New York Times.  The egos of Dave and Sue Cattoor have finally done them in.

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BLM Violates Own Safety Policies to Dazzle New York Times

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(News as We See It) by R.T. Fitch ~ author of “Straight from the Horse’s Heart”

Live Link:  SFTHH

SUSANVILLE, CA (SFTHH) – For weeks the Bureau of Land Management(BLM) has kept the American public and concerned citizens at extreme distances from the wild horse trapping operations at the Twin Peaks helicopter stampede.  Each morning observers must tolerate a law enforcement briefing by BLM Security Chief Jason Parker who clearly states that the public will be held back from the private land, where the trap is located, due to safety and liability issues and should anyone not comply, “things will be escalated to the next level”.  Today that changed when the BLM allowed a New York Times photographer to not only locate himself on the private land but to be within the chute of the trap and exposed to both the horses and the aggressive, low altitude helicopter.

Blown up Shot of NYT Photographer inside BLM Wild Horse Trap Chute on “Private Land” ~ Photo by Terry Fitch

Horseback Magazine photographer, Terry Fitch,  unknowingly captured a shot of the New York Times photographer right in the middle of the stampede while both herself and press credentialed reporter Laura Leigh, who’s credentials are recognized by a Federal Judge, were held at arm’s length over one half mile away and not granted access to the operations site on public land. More

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