by R.T. Fitch ~ Author/President of Wild Horse Freedom Federation
Worthy of FAA Investigation?In a matter of days, a federal judge will either rule or hold a hearing on the “Humane Care” case brought by plaintiff Laura Leigh, of Wild Horse Education (WHE) and the Wild Horse Freedom Federation (WHFF), against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for their alleged gross negligence in the handling of wild horses chased and captured by their contractor Sun-J during wild horse helicopter stampedes. One of the most glaring and motivating pieces of documentation is Ms. Leigh’s video of an exhausted horse being dangerously prodded by the landing skids of a helicopter. This footage was so provocative that the federal judge issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against the BLM and their contractor only to have the BLM conclude the contested stampede.
Since that date, careful documentation has taken place to strengthen the argument that the helicopter pilot behaves in a reckless and dangerous manner for the horses and humans on the ground alike. Yesterday, against increasingly difficult access Ms. Leigh was able to capture a shot of the pilot nearly taking the head off from one of the contract wranglers at the scene of the much contested Calico stampede. When queried as to the identity of the reckless pilot the BLM, again, refuses comment.
Judicial action on this case will be rendered in the short term as the evidence stacks up against the inhumane and reckless activity of Obama’s Bureau of Land Management.