Congress takes fight to BLM
The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:
BREAKING: Wild Horse champions in Congress are speaking up and we urgently need you to join them!
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is pushing full steam ahead — for the fifth time — with a cruel, dangerous and invasive plan to surgically sterilize wild horses. They propose using a risky and outdated procedure the National Academy of Sciences called “inadvisable for field application” and veterinarians call “barbaric.” But here’s the good news: 58 wild horse champions in Congress are fighting back and so can you.
This week, these 58 Congress members, led by Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Representative Dina Titus (D-NV), submitted a bipartisan letter to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt opposing this terrible plan.
Will you speak up as well? Add your name and co-sign the letter to Interior Secretary Bernhardt to let him know Congress AND the public are demanding humane treatment of America’s wild horses and burros.
The surgical sterilization procedure at issue is known as “ovariectomy via colpotomy.” It involves a veterinarian manually reaching into a mare’s abdominal cavity via the vaginal canal, then blindly locating the ovaries, severing them with a rod and chain device known as an ecraseur, and pulling them out. When infrequently performed In domestic mares, the procedure requires extensive pain relief and aftercare that simply cannot be provided to wild, untamed horses.
Because it is so risky, the National Academy of Sciences advised that the procedure is “inadvisable for field application” due to the possibility of bleeding and infection. But the BLM intends to gallop ahead with the inhumane surgery anyway.
With our coalition partners, we’ve filed multiple lawsuits and secured a federal injunction that previously stopped the BLM from surgically sterilizing wild mares in Oregon, and we’re ready to stop this cruelty again.
This support from Congress comes on the heels of the historic House amendment to direct $11 million of the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program budget to implement humane PZP fertility control as an alternative to traumatic roundups and surgical sterilization. We are building momentum toward real change!
Thank YOU for helping to keep that momentum going!
American Wild Horse Campaign