For Immediate Release
Cheyenne, WY (August 29, 2014)…..Late yesterday, the U.S. District Court in Wyoming granted an emergency injunction to delay until September 13 the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) planned roundup of more than 800 wild horses from public and private lands in the Adobe Town, Salt Wells Creek and Great Divide Basin Herd Management Areas (HMAs) in an area known as the Wyoming checkerboard.
The injunction allows the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, The Cloud Foundation, Return to Freedom and wild horse photographers Carol Walker and Kimerlee Curyl the opportunity to appeal the district court’s denial of our motion for a Preliminary Injunction to stop the roundup, which was also issued late yesterday.
In response to the rulings, the plaintiffs issued the following statement:
We are pleased that the district court in Wyoming has temporarily enjoined the roundup, but are disappointed in the court’s denial of our longer-term preliminary injunction request. This decision illegally elevates the interests of a small group of private landholders and ranchers over the broader interest of the American public and our federally-protected wild horses.
We look forward to the opportunity to challenge this decision in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. The ruling fails to hold the BLM to account for its flagrant violation of the National Environmental Policy Act and the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. Over 40,600 citizens have signed a petition opposing this wild horse roundup. Their voices are being ignored as the BLM marches to the tune of the Rock Springs Grazing Association, whose members view America’s cherished wild horses as competition for cheap, taxpayer-subsidized livestock grazing on our public lands.
We are hopeful that the Tenth Circuit will reverse the district court’s decision to allow the BLM to trounce federal law and the will of the people by proceeding with this unprecedented wild horse roundup without even attempting to comply with governing laws
Happy Birthday to one of my hero’s, Mr. Wendell Berry
Great Divide Basin Stallions ~ Wyoming
May wild things be free . . . F O R E V E R ~ kc
This special #SupporterSunday comes from the unique fine arts photographer and wild horse advocate, Kimerlee Curyl of KIMERLEE CURYL PHOTOGRAPHY
Dedicated to the cause for many years, Kimerlee’s hope is to inspire others, not only to appreciate the beauty of wild horses, but to take an interest in helping preserve their place on this land.
Following is the story of her horse Regalo, who was captured from the Great Basin Divide where more wild horses are in danger of being stripped of their freedom in August.
Read the Full Story Here ~
the Flight of Honor ~ Steens Mountain, Oregon, 2010
“We are so connected in our day to day lives but are we really “connected”?…Wings carry our soul to the place we yearn to be…fleeting moments captured, stop us in our tracks, root us to the earth and remind us to fly free”. These creatures are a significant element in Mother Nature and they are a bridge back to the natural world, bringing our consciousness back to a place of intuition and understanding. Returning our senses back to a primitive awareness of the salt of this earth.
With the 2011 round up more stallions were left to roam than mares. Tipping the numbers on sex rations is common practice during roundups. This very healthy stallion was still roaming with a bachelor band of three others. He most certainly was capable of having a band of his own. His wisdom and strength were apparent, his body strong. Sadly this was a common siting during my 2013 visit to the area.
The Great Divide Basin was home to my mustang for nearly 18 months…his character and life was shaped and mapped by this G R E A T vast and open area….please take a moment to help the horses who still call this home. The Rock Springs Grazing association is a powerful group and these horses desperately need you voice ~ kc
CLICK HERE to sign an important petition and thank you from the depths of my heart…Thank You ~
// V A L I A N T // Steens Mountain Wild Stallion ~ 2010