For our newer readers, we are re-posting excerpts from a 2013 article from this blog (The BLM & Fish and Wildlife Service are experimenting on our wild horses and burros) so that you will know exactly what “field spaying” looks like and what the BLM plans to do to the wild mares of the White Mountain Herd Management Area (HMA) in Wyoming. This will likely be done on other HMAs in the future. Please call the White House at (202) 456-1414, and your Congressional representatives and ask them to halt this experimentation on wild horses and burros. – Debbie Coffey
(Warning: the photos below may be disturbing to some)
The BLM and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (also a Department of the Interior agency) are partnering in EXPERIMENTING on our wild horses (and, in the case of the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge, “feral” horses). The BLM National advisory board was even discussing tubal ligation for mares (which seems to have been in trials in 2004).
Below is a presentation seemingly by LEON PIELSTICK, DVM, the veterinarian who has been conducting experiments on the field spaying of mares, and it shows (possibly Leon Pielstick himself) spaying a mare at a wild horse sanctuary.
Your tax dollars are paying for this experimentation.
SOURCE: POPULATION CONTROL IN WILD HORSES, Leon Pielstick, DVM
(this is a portion of the presentation of an ovariectomy with chain ecraseur via colpotomy incision)
(And the presentation states this:)
However, other veterinary sources are concerned about a high incidence of peri-operative complications, including post-operative myopathy/neuropathy, wound infections, wound dehiscence, eventration, vaginal adhesions, peritonitis, post-operative pain and hemorrhage. Also, looking at the 3rd bullet point above, others estimate the prep time for surgery to be 10 minutes for standing sedation, 10-15 minutes for epidural anesthesia, and 10 minutes for the aseptic preparation. And the part about this being a “One time treatment, no need for further round ups” – wouldn’t “no need for further round ups” mean doing this to more than a few mares and could this create a NON-REPRODUCING HERD?