This case has gone on for four years. Leigh has traveled in excess of 250,000 miles in her quest to observe, report and advocate for wild horses and burros during capture and in holding. Her documentation has gained an international audience and brought needed attention not only to the ways wild horses are handled during capture and in holding, but to range management and an adoption program that need serious reform.
In addition, the access to view wild horses extends to capture sites. "BLM Nevada's objective is to provide an opportunity for the observation of individual animals when they are gathered, sorted, and/or placed into temporary holding on the date of the gather," states the letter sent out from the Directors office.
"This year we have increased tensions on the range," stated Laura Leigh, "Access to view captured wild horses and burros will be more important than ever. Wild horses and burros have been hidden from public view for almost two years now at Broken Arrow. After months of conversations we have come up with a starting point to begin to work on access issues outside of the courtroom. In addition I believe we have begun to create a conversation that can address a multitude of issues that begin on the range long before a wild horse or burro is ever removed or family bands shattered. Many of those conversations have already begun within districts in this state. It is insane that issues of public access ever had to be taken into a courtroom. It is my sincere hope that we can begin sanity into ways in which issues are addressed before the need for litigation becomes necessary."