Horse Health

Call to Action: Complaint – Medical Malpractice Related to Unnecessary Surgery

Source: Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Home of BLM sterilization experiment lab at Hines, OR holding facility - photo by R.T. Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Home of BLM sterilization experiment lab at Hines, OR holding facility – photo by R.T. Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

“We are all, collectively, disgusted and dismayed at the concept of the Oregon State University (OSU) partnering with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to conduct cruel and unnecessary sterilization experiments on federally protected wild fillies and mares.  It is unconscionable and we do NOT want it to proceed and we surely don’t want to watch/observe it.  We want to STOP IT!!!

Many times our readers ask what they can do to help, how can they make a difference, what can be done to stop the madness…well here is your chance to speak out.

Printed below is a letter, minus your personal contact information, that you can update, print out, snail mail or email electronically to OSU and even cut and paste into the United States Department of Agriculture – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s web form page.  We also have provided a link where you can download the letter in Word along with the contact information.

So have at it and please proceed with haste; enter your contact information and let it fly…the wild mares are running out of time.

If you need any assistance, feel free to contact me, personally, at or

Get after it, my friends, spread the word…you have the tools!” ~ R.T.

Send To:

1.) Oregon State Veterinary Medical Examining Board
800 NE Oregon Street, Ste. 407
Portland, Oregon 97232

Attn: Veterinary Board Investigator

Re: Leon Peilstick, DVM
2.) United States Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (web form)

July 22, 2016

Oregon State Veterinary Medical Examining Board
800 NE Oregon Street, Ste. 407
Portland, Oregon 97232

Attn: Veterinary Board Investigator

Re: Complaint – Medical Malpractice Related to Unnecessary Surgery

Medical Malpractice Related to Unnecessary Surgery

By Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C.

Unnecessary surgery is a type of medical malpractice. A form of medical malpractice that has become an alarming and growing problem in the U.S. is unnecessary surgery.

This type of malpractice can lead to life-threatening complications and completely alter an individual’s life. When a surgeon performs an unnecessary surgery, it is an act of medical negligence. Doctors should take every precaution before deciding to prescribe any type of invasive surgery to a patient. When there is a failure to do this and it results in unnecessary surgery, they may be held legally liable. Unnecessary surgery can lead to serious or even life-threatening complications. Some of the risks include hemorrhaging, damage to organs, infection, amputation and anesthesia errors. Putting animals through unnecessary surgery where they face complications that could significantly alter their life is a form of medical negligence.”

The facilities in violation include the Oregon State University (OSU) & the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). BLM facility locations are the Burns Oregon and Hines Oregon wild horse holding locations but this complaint is in conjunction with any and all other government or private facility under direction of the BLM.

The Oregon State licensed veterinarian in violation of this medical malpractice related to unnecessary surgery is Leon Pelistick; and others – names of which are unknown to me at this time.

Location: BURNS OR 97720
License Type: Veterinarian
License #: 1282
License Status: Active
Initially Licensed: 7/20/1973
License Expires: 12/31/2016

The United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in conjunction with the Oregon State University, is planning a cruel and completely unnecessary sterilization “research” which includes dangerous experimentation on pregnant wild horse mares. The surgeries will be overseen by the University’s Veterinary School. In coordination with BLM, veterinarians have been assembled by Oregon State University (OSU) to conduct these unnecessary and dangerous surgeries. Three additional veterinarians licensed in the State of Oregon will conduct the procedures.

Dr. Charles Mayo, of the famous Mayo Clinic, stated:

“I abhor vivisection … it should be abolished … I know of no discovery that could not have been obtained without it…”

What is vivisection? Vivisection is the practice of animal experimentation. This can include administering drugs, infecting with diseases, poisoning for toxicity testing, brain damaging, maiming, binding, and other painful and invasive procedures.

Don Moore, DVM is a respected Veterinarian who has extensive knowledge about wild horses and wild horse behavior. He states, “The three surgical procedures for permanent sterilization of mares described in the mare sterilization research project, ovariectomy via colopotomy, tubal ligation and hysteroscopically-guided laser ablation of the oviduct papilla all require certain pre-operative and post-operative considerations for aseptic surgical protocol and pain management.

Pre-operative bloodwork and a thorough examination are always performed on the relatively few domestic mares which are spayed. Other options other than surgery are always considered first due to the risk involved with any of these procedures. Aseptic surgical protocol and pain management is the standard of care for each and every surgery or the performing veterinarian would undoubtedly be sued by the owner and reprimanded by the state veterinary board.

Wild mares will not have their surgeries performed in a sterile surgical suite. Their surgery will be performed in a non-sterile chute or standing in stocks at the local BLM facility without the benefit of the routine standard of care. Unlike domestic mare who are easily handled, the very handling of these wild mares presents additional pre-operative stressors, which cannot be mitigated.

The BLM does not possess the statutory authority to treat America’s wild free roaming mares as research test subjects to perform surgeries which are not the standard care for domestic mares.

This type of trial and error butchery is a violation of the least feasible management clause of the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act.

Mass experimental surgeries performed under these conditions outlined in the proposal amounts to negligence and abuse. I believe experiments such as this proposal are unethical, inhumane and unwarranted. Any veterinarian(s) who would perform these experiments is in violation of the oath taken as a graduating veterinarian, ‘above all else, do no harm’. If a veterinarian in private practice performed these procedures in the manner described in this document, they would most certainly be reported to and disciplined by the regulatory board of that state. Discipline would likely mean suspension of that veterinarian’s license to practice in that state.”

Cruelty to animals, also called animal abuse, is the human infliction of suffering or harm upon any nonhuman animal, for purposes other than self-defense or survival. Experimenting on wild horses and burros is cruel, inhumane and absolutely unnecessary. BLM and Oregon State’s cruel, inhumane torture of and experimentation on our wild horses is absolutely not acceptable. In no way does this sterilization proposal conform to the minimally intrusive management on the range that the Congressionally Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971 demands to protect these wild creatures.

 Sterilization is a term referring to any process that eliminates (removes) or kills (deactivates) all forms of life.  Sterilizing a wild horse or burro herd is the opposite of the intent of the 1971 Wild Free-roaming Horse and Burro Act (WFRHBA) and it fails to analyze an alternative that follows the Congressional Act that states, the wild horses and burros shall be protected from capture, branding, harassment, or death’. It would be anomalous to infer that by authorizing the custodian of the wild free roaming horses and burros to “manage” them, Congress intended to permit the animals’ custodian to subvert the primary policy of the statute by harassing and experimenting on the very animals that congress sought to protect from being killed and harassed and captured and removed from the wild.

The thinking, feeling animals who are used in experiments are treated like nothing more than disposable laboratory equipment. They are not only physically traumatized but they are psychologically traumatized and all of this is done unnecessarily. Animal experimentation is an inherently unethical practice. Under conceptual approaches to animal cruelty, performing unnecessary experiments or demonstrations upon animals that cause them substantial pain or distress may be viewed as cruelty.

There is nothing sterile about a holding facility, and these are wild mares that are going to be absolutely terrified by being confined in this chute and having an incision made in their vaginas so the veterinarian’s arm can reach in and rip out their ovaries. The possibility of the mares panicking despite the sedation is high, and they could break their necks in the chute. They can also die from sedation, or their hearts can stop from sheer terror. The sterilization procedures that BLM is proposing to conduct on federally protected wild mares are dangerous, costly and impractical for use in the field, including any BLM holding facility due to the serious health risks they pose to the horses and their unborn foals. BLM’s cruel, inhumane torture of and experimentation on our wild horses is absolutely not acceptable and in no way conforms to the minimally intrusive management on the range that the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971 was passed to ensure.

More information:

Your action is urgently needed to prevent the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) plans to conduct cruel and unethical and unnecessary sterilization experiments on wild horses, including painful and life-threatening surgeries on pregnant mares and young fillies in non-sterile environments. The first sterilization experiments are slated to occur any day now in partnership with Oregon State University and under the direction of Leon Pelistick, DVM. Unless halted, these unnecessary and brutal experiments will begin immediately.


To download in Word:

40 replies »

  1. Thank you. Well written and gives us the tools to speak out and stop this insane cruelty. I appreciate the effort.


    • I have one more point I would like to make. The letter does not mention at all that mares have died already. That would be crucial evidence to impart to these agencies as well. I believe that this was reported before correct?

      Liked by 1 person

      • Added that info to my letter (actual paper letter!) to the Veterinary Board Investigator & made a complaint to APHIS. Hope they get lots of these.

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  2. Thanks … and do not overlook sending our letters to the Oregon State Veterinary Medical Examining Board (number one in the above article). In my opinion these vets need to all have their vet licenses revoked. As I see it the only result of this so-called research is that BLM and USFS will have smoother sailing to sterilize ALL of our wild horses and burros in upcoming years. That will be the outcome of this so-called “research”.

    Oregon State Veterinary Medical Examining Board.
    800 NE Oregon Street, Ste. 407
    Portland, Oregon 97232
    Attn: Veterinary Board Investigator

    Re: Leon Peilstick, DVM

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    • I see no domestic livestock grazing allotments in the area of that fire – so there might be livestock out there but this might be private land? If it is private land then perhaps we can assume there are livestock grazing in this area?

      In addition, there is no BLM Herd Area in that area either … but there is a herd area (Horse Springs) to the east but BLM has zeroed it out – obviously for the sake of livestock (two grazing allotments where the zeroed out Herd Area is).

      If there are wild horses out in the wildfire area I think they might be considered part off Nevada’s Virginia Range wild horses?

      Side note:
      569.008. “Feral livestock” defined
      “Feral livestock” means any formerly domesticated livestock or progeny of domesticated livestock which have become wild and are running at large upon public or private lands in the State of Nevada, and which have no physical signs of domestication. The term does NOT include horses or burros that are subject to the jurisdiction of the Federal Government pursuant to the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, 16 U.S.C. §§ 1331 to 1340, inclusive, and any regulations adopted pursuant thereto, or any other federal statute or regulation.

      Click to access nevada.pdf

      Domestic Vs Wild
      Exists without human intervention of any type (feeding, breeding selection, shelter, etc.)
      The animal’s BREEDING is subject to human control.
      The animal’s SURVIVAL depends upon humans.
      Domestic animals rely on humans for food & shelter, bred through artificial selection to choose and perpetuate desired traits


    • AGREE … Please use the above letter to get you started on your own letter to them and send it today … thanks.


  3. YES!!!
    Sending letters and calling now!
    Plaster this barbarians name everywhere and shame him back to hell where he came from!


  4. This is insane needs to stop, an animals don’t deserve this it also inhumane, how can this happen stop now .They derserved so much better creatures of our Creator given us to love


  5. The vets—present and future —who participate in this procedure need to be censured and de-licensed. OSU does not deserve grants, legacies or endowments. This vivisection experimenting is against Nature and violates the first rule of medicine “First do no harm”.

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  6. Please quit vivisection a on innocent mares and foals. This a cruel and inhumane practice. Our horses should not be used for experimental practices.


  7. These sterilization and experimental methods are unacceptable cruel and inhumane. This is pure and simple torture. You might as well shoot them and put them out of their misery as to do these experiments. Stop these experiments and sterilization methods!


  8. Stop these torturous experiments and sterilization methods. These animals do not deserve this kind of treatment. You might as well shoot them rather than expose them to these methods . There are other alternatives. For example castrate the stud population.


  9. STOP, just STOP!!!! NO mutilation of OUR national horses who live on OUR land…..We, the people, have spoken….. This is OUR PUBLIC LAND!!!!


  10. BLM is all about $$$-an land, the inhumane treatment of horses-an other animals is wasteing life -an money- an how many more half to die before we have nothing, what’s it gonna take to change the essence of man? This is nothing civilized its torturing the innocent- there’s nothing in abuse!!!!!


  11. Sent e-mails to USDA and Oregon Brd. But both my senators and my rep have refused my e-mail to them which referred to BLM and OSU. I changed the wording to avoid the “cut and paste” issue but was still refused. Don’t know why, but perhaps because I’ve written on this recently.


    • Went back to my reps web sites and took out the name of Leon P. with his license #, etc., then the e-mails went through. This was the “security” issue why the e-mails weren’t accepted before.


  12. Reblogged this on Equine Preservation of North America -EPONA and commented:
    Now this is what I call ACTION! The letter itself guides you and gives you the knowledge you need to stop the needless ‪#‎vivisection‬ that will occur on innocent wild mares and foals.
    Please, if you do nothing else today, take what you need from this letter and make it your own, with your own thoughts and comments, and get this out in order to stop the brutal and unnecessary surgery on our innocent ‪#‎AmericanIcons‬, our ‪#‎wild‬ ‪#‎horses‬. Their freedom depends solely on your actions. Don’t delay.

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  13. I’m in the hospital, I posted to FB begging one of my friends to print ,sign my name and all, I can’t even send it email w/hospital wifi…I hope someone does…it means everything to me to stop this isanity!!


  14. Cruelty beyond belief. This should never be allowed to happen for any reason! There is no reason for it beyond greed and ignorance. Shame on you BLM and OSU.


  15. If animal cruelty is a felony, then how is something like this even legal?
    It is pure torture and can also cause death. That’s not okay in America’s eyes. It is beyond g barbaric. The BLM are monsters in human form, enjoying the act of inflicting pain on innocent creatures. What else do you call it?
    An American Icon has been turned into lab rats for the enjoyment of the BLM. Just do the government can line their pockets. I’m ashamed to be an American.


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