Source: Wild Hoofbeats
Breaking News: On July 19, 2018 the House of Representatives passed a Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations Bill.
The Bill included an amendment by Representative Chris Stewart of Utah which authorizes the Bureau of Land Management to manage all wild horses and burros in non-reproducing or single sex herds, using surgical sterilization of wild horses and burros.
The BLM has been pushing for the sterilization of wild mares using a dangerous procedure called ovariectomy via colpotomy. It is invasive, high risk, and cruel and inhumane. In a study commissioned by the BLM in 2013 the National Academy of Sciences warned that the surgery was “inadvisable for field application” due to the risk of hemorrhaging and infection. According to that same report, castrating the stallions, which is another action the BLM wants to take, this will result in a “reduction in or complete loss of male-type behaviors necessary for maintenance of social organization, band integrity and expression of natural behavioral repertoire.”
In other words, sterilizing our wild horses will ultimately result in deaths, suffering, and the elimination of the wild behaviors that make our wild horses and burros wild. It will also ultimately result in their complete eradication from our public lands.
There is still time to contact your Senators to let them know that this amendment should not be in the final version of the 2019 Appropriations Bill.
The Senate version of the bill does not currently include this dangerous provision. The Senate version will be voted on soon, possibly next week. Then the differences between the two bills will be resolved during a conference committee. We must contact our Senators to make sure that this version of the Bill prevails.
Here is the House Bill: https://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=395385
Please contact your Senators today and tell them that you do not support the sterilization of our wild horses and burros and you want to maintain the protections of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act. You want wild horses and burros to be manged humanely in the wild, on our public lands where they belong.
Contact Your Senators:https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/
To find out more about Wild Horse Freedom Federation and our work to keep wild horses and burros wild and free on our public lands visit: www.WildHorseFreedomFederation.org