Archive for the ‘Legal’ Category

A Public Call to Action for the removal & possible slaughter sale of Arizona wild horses

June 4, 2012

Cross-posted from The Conquistador Program

Press Release:  For immediate release


Documents obtained under Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) indicate that the US Forest Service may remove horses from the Tonto national Forest without period for public comment or environmental impact study

 (Phoenix, AZ May 31, 2012).  The Conquistador Equine Rescue and Advocacy Program (CERAP), a 501c3 equine rescue and advocacy charity, has received material under the Freedom of Information Act indicating that the United States Forest Service (USFS) may be considering the imminent removal of unbranded, free-roaming wild horses living along the Salt River on the Tonto National Forest (TNF) near metropolitan Phoenix in Arizona. (more…)

IDA Lawsuit Update – Attend the Hearing!

February 15, 2012

Cross-posted from In Defense of Animals:

Important Wild Horse Court Case Update

Released Twin Peaks Horses - Photo by Elyse Gardner

IDA’s lawsuit (with other plaintiffs) challenging the BLM’s round-up and removal of close to 2,000 wild horses and burros from the Twin Peaks HMA in northern California and western Nevada is finally moving to an adjudication of our legal claims under the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. If we win, we will push to have the wild horses who were illegally captured returned to the range.

If you are near Sacramento, you are encouraged to attend: In Defense of Animals et. al. v. United States Department of the Interior et. al., February 24, 2012, at 10 a.m., U.S. Federal Courthouse, Eastern District of California, 501 I Street, Courtroom #7 (14th Floor – Judge Morrison England Jr.), Sacramento, California.

Help pack the courtroom! 

Help Protect the Pryor Wild Horses

January 1, 2012

BLM Now Accepting Email Comments

Dear Cloud Friends;

The Billings BLM has decided to accept emails ( and faxes (406-896-5281) for comments on their Preliminary Environmental Assessment (PEA) which calls for the permanent removal of 30 young horses (ages 1-3 years) from the Pryor Wild Horse Range during 2012. Comments are due by close of business (4:30 pm MST) January 6th.

2-year old Adelina, granddaughter of Blue Sioux & Red Raven


The Fight to Save Nevada’s Wild Horses

July 7, 2011

The Cloud Foundation files lawsuit against BLM

Dear Friends of our Wild Horses and Burros;

I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful 4th of July! In the spirit of freedom for our wild horses, the Cloud Foundation filed a lawsuit against the BLM in Nevada to prevent the removal and warehousing of over 1,700 wild horses from their vast 1.7 million acre home in northeastern Nevada (Maverick-Medicine, Triple B, Cherry Creek and Antelope Valley West Herd Management Areas). (more…)

Group Lawsuit Filed to Stop Destruction of Colorado Mustang Herd

October 7, 2010
Suit seeks cites BLM’s violations of four Congressional Acts… continued online here

Legal documents

Rules of Judge Kevin Nathaniel Fox, revised 4_28_09


Rules of Judge William H. Pauley III, dated 7_1_09


Habitat For Horses 2010_10_07 Plaintiffs_ Summones (3)

Habitat For Horses 2010_10_07 Plaintiffs_ Civil Cover Sheet

Judge Denies BLM Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit to Preserve Cloud’s Herd

August 26, 2010

Read the new Cloud Foundation press release online here:

Gwin Opinion Denying Motion to Dismiss and Allowing Amendment of the Complaint

Adelina - August 2009 Pryor Filly

Press Release: Leigh Files to Stop Rock Creek Roundup

July 24, 2010

Herd Watch Director Continues Fight for First Amendment Rights

Reno NV (July 23, 2010)—Laura Leigh, Herd-Watch Director for the Cloud Foundation and journalist, filed a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) in Nevada Federal District Court today to halt the Rock Creek Roundup and prevent a repeat fatal summer roundup as well as prevent shutting out the public and plaintiff from observing wild horse roundups.

“We’re talking about a matter of public interest,” explained Leigh’s attorney Gordon Cowan. “This is a hot button issue here in Nevada. To prevent the public and press from observing the government in action on public lands is shameful.”  continued online here (shortlink is )

Donations to Leigh’s legal fund may be made to ~ Donations to Herd-Watch may be made to


July 23, 2010

Laura Leigh, represented by Reno Attorney, Gorden Cowen, is requesting a Temporary Restraining Order to stop the Rock Creek HMA roundup currently underway in the dangerous NV heat- all court documents filed today follow in PDF format, please click to download.

1. Renewed Motion for TRO-doc 24

2. Second TRO Nina Winand, DVM Declaration (24-1)

3. Second TRO Lisa Jacobson, DVM Declaration (24-2)

4. Laura Leigh Declaration (24-3)

5. Second TRO Katie Fite Declaration (24-5)

6. Second TRO Exh Katie FIte Rep (Doc 24-6)

7. Second TRO Exh BLM Map (Doc 24-7)

8. Second TRO Exh Bruce Nock Article (Doc 24-8)

9. Second TRO Mot 07 23 10 (Doc 24)

10. Judge’s order re TRO 07-23-10 (Doc 25)

Oppisit to OSC Decl R Reader (Doc 29)

Opposit to OSC Decl Vanderpool (Doc 30)