OpEd by Grandma Gregg
“With all the other evil garbage at the advisory board meeting Friday, the actual facts of the Sinbad burro deaths were skimmed over as if these deaths meant nothing and not worth talking about…”
photo by Grandma Gregg
BLM’s “research” report to the advisory board included the fact that during the recent capture for “research”, 25 captured wild burros died and then 6 more were found dead on the Sinbad range.
236 wild burros were captured from the Sinbad Utah legal wild horse and burro range. Some were to be removed and some were to have radio collars and then returned to the wild. The BLM was pre-warned but ignored the fact that previous BLM radio-collaring experiments caused many deaths but of course they didn’t care. in the 1980s similar “research” was done on wild horses with devastating results including collars being embedded into the wild horses’ flesh and some ultimate deaths caused by this collaring procedure (see below link).
With all the other evil garbage at the advisory board meeting Friday, the actual facts of the Sinbad burro deaths were skimmed over as if these deaths meant nothing and not worth talking about. They did finally admit that they thought (where are the necropsy reports!) the deaths might have been caused by equine herpes which is highly contagious. Did the wild burros get this deadly infection from the contractor’s horses or from filthy corral panels at temporary holding facilities or from filthy horse trailers or did they die after being shipped to Axtell facility? The Sinbad burros were shipped to the Axtell Utah holding facility. So how many wild burros were then infected and died at the Axtell facility because of this? The most recent BLM facility report (July 2016) stated there were 800 burros at the Axtell facility but an eye witness reported to me as of yesterday, only 85 burros were seen there. The BLM’s online Sinbad 2016 capture report provided some statistics that stated they had captured 236 burros and only ONE death. The online vet reports all said that the burros were all fine. Well, of course they lied – dead burros are not “fine”!
9/9/2016 Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board (excerpts):
“… with the situation with the Sinbad burros, there are some questions that we discussed with that. It was part of a — a research project, not only to get to AML, but also the special use of habitat by burros and the recitability of burros and Paul can give a greater update on that. There was — when those animals came in, there started to be some death. And there was 25 burros within the corrals that died and during the research project, six additional burros were located on the range that had also died and the preliminary results of those findings for those burros is that it was viral pneumonia, brought on by — I have to get Al to give me the — the equine — equine herpes… This virus has been identified for over 20 years in horses and donkeys and in domestic populations not very much is known about the disease ecology or how, when or why it causes illness sometimes. So it was a little bit of a surprise to find it… There was absolutely no relation between the mortality that occurred, any of the mortality and the research project. So no relationship to the collars that were used on the animals or that sort of thing. >> GINGER KATHRENS: So additional stress wouldn’t have been a factor at all? >> I think the elements that occur during any gather is a factor. Stress is one of those elements. Dehydration, dust, those sorts of things affect pulmonary clearance and this virus is known to modulate immune function and act like a typical herpes virus. So all of those things play into — come into play, but I don’t think the stress related to the handling in the research project had that much to do with it. It’s more of the bigger picture. of being gathered and removed…”
Information on Equine Herpes from the American Association of Equine Practitioners (excerpts):
Equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) and equine herpesvirus type 4 (EHV-4) can each infect the respiratory tract, causing disease that varies in severity from sub-clinical to severe and is characterized by fever, lethargy, anorexia, nasal discharge, and cough. Infection of the respiratory tract with EHV-1 and EHV-4 typically first occurs in foals in the first weeks or months of life, but recurrent or recrudescent clinically apparent infections are seen in weanlings, yearlings, and young horses entering training, especially when horses from different sources are commingled. Equine herpesvirus type 1 causes epidemic abortion in mares, the birth of weak nonviable foals, or a sporadic paralytic neurologic disease (equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy-EHM) secondary to vasculitis of the spinal cord and brain.
Both EHV-1 and EHV-4 spread via aerosolized secretions from infected coughing horses, by direct and indirect (fomite) contact with nasal secretions, and, in the case of EHV-1, contact with aborted fetuses, fetal fluids, and placentae associated with abortions. Like herpesviruses in other species, these viruses establish latent infection in the majority of horses, which do not show clinical signs but may experience reactivation of infection and shedding of the virus when stressed.
BLM Sinbad wild burro capture report: http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/prog/wild_horse_and_burro/SinbadGather.html
“1991 WILD HORSE POPULATIONS: FIELD STUDIES IN GENETICS AND FERTILITY Report to the Bureau of Land Management U.S. Department of the Interior Committee on Wild Horse and Burro Research Board on Agriculture National Research Council”.