Court Approves Triple B Roundup


Last week the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a temporary injunction and granted the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) the right to continue with the Triple B roundup in Nevada, which would remove around 1,700 horses from the range.

The Cloud Foundation, along with ecologist Craig Downer and Lorna Moffat, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Nevada under the premise that the BLM had no evidence that wild horses are actually damaging the ecosystem.

The BLM insists that 1.7 million acres is not enough to sustain the 2,200 horses that are currently there and wants to bring that number down to between 500 and 900, and they’ve decided they need to do it now …during foaling season …in the midst of a heatwave.

On July 15 U.S. District Court Judge Howard McKibben ruled in favor if the BLM. Rachel Fazio, who represented the Cloud Foundation, filed an appeal and a temporary injunction was granted by Judge Richard Paez. Unfortunately, four days later Paez, Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw and Chief Judge Alex Kozinski declined to grant an emergency injunction arguing that they failed to show that lifting the injunction would cause irreparable harm.

“The BLM puts out all this rhetoric and assertions about damage to the range caused by the horses and there’s not a single document in evidence that shows that is the case,” Fazio told the AP.

The case will be heard by the federal court of appeals on August 12.

Take a minute to watch this video from the Cloud Foundation to see what the BLM has does with these mustangs and leave a comment at the White House or call 202-456-1111 asking for a moratorium on roundups until the BLM can prove its claims.

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Justine G.
Justine G.3 years ago

cont'd: He stated that the declaration by Defendant was not what he observed in the video as he could see an exhausted animal and the pilot apparently making contact. He said he did not appreciate the “blame the horse” direction of the Defendant’s statements.

See for the blog of the documented roundups. Donate to keep Laura out in the field, watching over our wild ones. Her videos have been used in several lawsuits against the BLM but she is not sponsored and sometimes has to sleep in her truck due to lack of funds. Then call and write your Senators & Reps, the White House, and Dept of Interior. Tell them America's wild horses & burros are not getting the protection and humane treatment they were given by law in 1971. These horses are not escaped domestic animals - they are truly wild and deserve to stay that way.

Justine G.
Justine G.3 years ago

Do you know what happened at Triple B? It was over 90' at 10:00am and it was foaling season. Very young foals were run fast at high heat levels which is dangerous to their health. At this roundup on 8/11 a helicopter went after a lone, tired horse and actually pushed the horse in the opposite direction of the trap up the mtn so the poor thing had further to go when the wranglers rode up. The pilot HIT the exhausted horse with his skids because it wasn't doing what he wanted it to do. On 8/30 Judge McKibben entered a TRO due to documentation against continued pilot misconduct. From Wild Horse Education blog of this roundup (

“I am deeply concerned,” Judge Mckibben stated to Eric Petersen, BLM’s legal counsel, “that declarations presented to the Court by the Agency do not address the issue, but simply deny wrong doing.”

Judge Mckibben went on to recite the only declaration, of the four presented to the Court, that addressed an instance where video taken by Plaintiff Laura Leigh of Wild Horse Education (WHE) and the Wild Horse Freedom Federation (WHFF) shows a BLM contract pilot coming dangerously close to an exhausted horse apparently making contact with the animal was in direct contrast to what was recorded. He stated that the declaration by Defendant was not what he observed in the video as he could see an exhausted animal and the pilot apparently making contact. He said he did not

Gene Sengstake
Gene Sengstake3 years ago

Whatever the government wants - the government gets - - - ranchers rights to graze their cattle take precedence over wild animals rights just to survive - - - there is so much wrong in this country (and the world for that matter) that to expect the government (and I almost have to say most people in general) to have much compassion other than to give lip service for any animals in the wild and the environment in general is to be living in a fantasy world - - -

Tricia Hamilton
Tricia Hamilton4 years ago

Shame on all of you!!!

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener4 years ago


KrassiAWAY B.
Krasimira B.4 years ago

Sad. Petition signed with hope.

Dolores Dendy
Dolores Dendy4 years ago

I so much agree with Patrick F. Man will ultimately destroy this planet and what is sad is that so many of them do not CARE, as long as they are making money in the process, to hell with everything else! Do not get me wrong there are many men out there that do care, it's just sad that they are outnumbered by the ones that could care less!

Dakota Payne
Dakota Payne4 years ago

This is sad....I also think the govt just wants to get rid of them. Nothing is safe to be wild anymore. I feel they should have a refuge, large enough to sustain their needs. That would be progress.

Stephan B.
Stephan B.4 years ago

In the seventies I did animal rescue in San Diego CA. Cats and dogs were enough to keep you awake; abuse was a one hundrad fine, but the 'adopted' mustangs were the most hear breaking. People are in love, to the point of nostalgic, but thes 700 to 800 # pets who end up in back yards until the owner becomes disillusioned and resent feeding a pet that may bite. So they feed them less. By the time we got the call the horses were about 300 to 400 #s under weight. Di we find new home when there was a healthy herd coming in? NO!! we took them to the Zoos, gave them a fatal shot of drugg tot he heart, and recognized we did the best act, however brutal by others standards.

Where to you think lion food comes from??

Think about where these horses are going?

Bernadette P.
Berny p.4 years ago

MAY BE we should start doing the same with humans....mind you...I am not sure they are humans!