Litigation

Feds’ Utah horse sterilizations draw two lawsuits alleging inhumane treatment

By Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune

December 12, 2020

Two separate lawsuits were filed Thursday over a wild horse roundup in Utah, alleging the Bureau of Land Management’s plan to surgically sterilize some of the mares is inhumane, unnecessary and a violation of federal law.


Formal Protest Filed Against BLM Plan to Eradicate 1/3 of WY Wild Horses

Formal Protest Filed Against Bureau of Land Management Plan to Eradicate One-third of Wyoming's Iconic Wild Horse Population 

Management plan amendments would “zero out” Salt Wells Creek and Great Divide Basin Herd Management Areas in Wyoming Checkerboard while slashing the size of protected habitat in Adobe Town


Bureau of Land Management Finalizes Eradication Plan for Iconic Wyoming Checkerboard Wild Horses

Bureau of Land Management Finalizes Eradication Plan for Iconic Wyoming Checkerboard Wild Horses 

Bureau will “zero out” the Salt Wells Creek and Great Divide Basin Herd Management Areas, but will preserve wild horses in the Pilot Butte Wild Horse Viewing Loop area


AWHC’s Litigation to End the Adoption Incentive Program As We Know It

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s disastrous Adoption Incentive Program (AIP) has become a mechanism to funnel hundreds of federally protected wild horses and burros directly into the slaughter pipeline, but AWHC is fighting back. Not only do we offer rescue assistance to our partners, like Evanescent Mustang Rescue and Sanctuary, and document BLM horses in kill pens, we have also filed suit against the AIP in federal court seeking a permanent change to the program.


AWHC Vows to Challenge BLM Plan to Roundup 3,500+ Wild Horses from WY This Fall

American Wild Horse Campaign Vows to Challenge BLM Plan to Roundup 3,500+ Wild Horses from Wyoming This Fall

Action will decimate 45 percent of Wyoming’s wild horse population


Why the PI Motion to Stop the Onaqui Roundup Didn't Work

(July 13, 2021) We get it - there is a lot of information out there about the Onaqui wild horse roundup in Utah. Here’s the latest.

Many advocacy groups took different avenues to raise awareness and opposition to the BLM’s plan to remove 60% of this famous and beloved herd. For example, AWHC and Western Watersheds Project submitted an alternative management proposal to the agency back in April. AWHC even recently delivered 50,000 of your signatures to Secretary Haaland, calling on her to stop the roundup and removal.


Interior Dept Officially Abandons Plan to Use Controversial Sterilization Surgeries on Wild Horses in Utah 

(WASHINGTON, DC) June 25, 2021 — The U.S.Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officially dropped its plans to conduct inhumane sterilization surgeries on wild mares in Utah, and the American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) is again declaring victory in its legal effort to block the government from conducting the controversial procedure.


Leading Wild Horse Group Challenges Bureau of Land Management’s Mojave Desert Wild Burro Eradication Plan

Legal appeal cites failure to consider new research documenting key role that wild burros play in desert ecosystems


Interior Dept Faces Lawsuit Over Adoption Program That’s Sending Wild Horses & Burros to Slaughter

American Wild Horse Campaign announces intent to sue if the Bureau of Land Management’s Adoption Incentive Program is not terminated immediately