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.


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


Government Abandons Plan to Subject Wild Horses in Utah to Controversial Sterilization Surgeries

Government Abandons Plan to Subject Wild Horses in Utah to Controversial Sterilization Surgeries

American Wild Horse Campaign declares victory for the third time in 5-year legal effort to block procedure


AWHC Active FOIA Litigation: Fighting for transparency in wild horse management

(March 31, 2021) The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was enacted to “permit access to official information long shielded unnecessarily from public view” by creating a “right to secure such information from possibly unwilling official hands.” Dept't of Air Force v. Rose, 425 U.S. 352, 361 (1976). 

“[D]isclosure, not secrecy, is the dominant objective of the Act.” John Doe Agency v. John Doe Corp., 493 U.S. 146, 152 (1989).


Our History Opposing Surgical Sterilization for Wild Mares

(March 3, 2021) Over the last four years, AWHC and its coalition partners filed successful litigation to block three previous attempts by the BLM to perform a controversial surgical procedure on wild mares in Oregon. The agency has now turned its sights on wild mares in Utah. In response, AWHC teamed up with Utah citizen and state wild horse expert Robert Hammer of WildHorseTourist.org to file suit to stop the BLM’s latest plan.