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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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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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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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