Wednesday, February 20, 2013
We Must Be Allowed to See the Treatment of OUR Horses
If we can't get BLM to change their treatment of wild horses out of a sense what's humane and right, we must make them allow cruelty while the whole world is watching.
That's what the following court case is about. That's why I testified yesterday & will return today.
|Offering a whiff of sage to the wild ones - photo by Cat Kindsfather|
The case of Laura
Leigh v. Ken Salazar, U.S. Department of the Interior, et al continued in
Federal Court in Reno, Nevada, February 19, 2013.
ago, Leigh, a photojournalist, claimed viewing restrictions at the Silver King
roundup of wild horses violated her First Amendment rights. Though she was
denied injunctive relief, Leigh appealed.
continued with an emphasis on the press and public’s diminishing opportunities
to document wild horse round-ups throughout the West, beginning in 2001 and
continuing to the present.
Elyse Gardner, humane observer at Pryor Mountain, Twin Peaks and Calico Complex
round-ups; Sally Summers, director of HorsePower, an organization which
originated Nevada license plates which picture a wild white horse and burro,
proceeds from which benefit equine rescue; Bill Bauer, a veteran observer of
round-ups in several states and Terri Farley, author of fact-based fiction and
an early observer of wild horses round-ups in the Calico Complex.
ran into the second half of the day, Judge Larry Hicks issued a “heads up,”
saying witnesses had established variable and diminishing opportunities to view
wild horses at round-ups and BLM pens, however the court needed clarification
on what constituted reasonable viewing opportunities.
objection of Department of Interior Attorney Eric Peterson, Judge Hicks declared
Leigh “the most knowledgeable journalist to observe wild horse roundups,” and
let her take the stand to define reasonable access.
number of worldwide readers who depend on her research, Leigh insisted “unobstructed
views” of her subjects and the ability to identify mustangs as individuals was
Wednesday, February 19, Federal witnesses are expected to state safety concerns
regarding public attendance at the wild horse roundups and facilities they
Labels: Attorney Gordon Cowan, Bill Bauer, Elyse Gardner, First Amendment, Judge Larry Hicks, Laura Leigh, press access, Sally Summers, terri farley
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Terri Farley @ 8:13 AM
Thank you, Terri for going to the hearing and bearing witness for our mustangs.