The BLM is Planning to Experiment On and Spay Wild Mares with an Outdated, Cruel and Deadly Procedure in Partnership with Colorado State University
The BLM proposes to work with USGS and Colorado State University (CSU) to evaluate the safety and complication rate of using overiectomy via colpotomy on wild mares from the Warm Springs Herd Management Area and also purports to study wild mare and band behavior once the spayed mares are treated and returned to the range.
In 2016 we commented and sent letters and stopped this incredibly dangerous, cruel, barbaric and inhumane outdated procedure from being used on wild mares. The BLM is back at it again and even has the incredible nerve to pretend that this will study “behavior” of the wild mares after they have been experimented upon. In order to do an actual research study this means they would have to study the mares BEFORE their ovaries are removed – and they have not done that. How can you compare behavior when you did not study it before? Actual research is completely beyond the BLM.
Doing this procedure in filthy holding facility with no way to sterilize the surroundings ensures that risk of infection and death are high. When spaying is done on domestic mares it is done at a veterinary hospital it is done in completely sterile surroundings, not in a filthy holding facility or out in the field as the BLM plans to do.
100 wild mares, most at various stages of pregnancy, already stressed by being rounded up with helicopters and taken from their foals, families and homes are going to be subject to the veterinarian inserting an arm into the mare’s vaginal cavity, making blind incisions, then inserting a long metal rod with a chain attached to one end which crushes and rips out the ovaries. Fatal risks include bleeding from lateral arteries, hemorrhaging, intestinal trauma, fetal abortion and evisceration. Here is a link to a video prepared by Ginger Kathrens, Executive Director of the Cloud Foundation: https://vimeo.com/274567297
Here is a document written by respected veterinarian Don Moore, DVM of Colorado about this spaying procedures:
“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.”
To read his comments in full, go here: http://www.wildhoofbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/DonMooreCommentsOregonSpayProposal.pdf
There is no question that wild mares should never be treated this way, and the BLM must be stopped. They intend to use this gruesome experiment, no matter the outcome, as a template for the sterilization and ultimately the eradication of all our wild horse herds in the American West, on our public lands.
Please comment on the BLM’s plan by July 30 and cover the following points, using your own words:
-Tearing out internal organs from a highly stressed wild mare violates the veterinarian’s oath: “to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge.”
-This is an outdated, inferior procedure that should not be done on wild mares in a filthy, non-sterile environment.
-This is cruel and inhumane, and will result in aborted foals, hemorrhaging and infections and death in the mares.
-There is no way that this constitutes minimally invasive management of these wild mares. These wild horses are not guinea pigs to be experimented upon but they are wild free-roaming wildlife that have an integral part in our public lands where they are found.
-Sterilizing the wild horse herds on our public lands is a completely unacceptable, invasive, inhumane and destructive way to manage the wild horses that belong to all citizens of the United States.
Please comment – our wild mares need your help.
COMMENT PERIOD June 29 – July 30, 2018
A 30-day public comment period on the draft Environmental Assessment is open June 29 through July 30, 2018. Documents: https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/planAndProjectSite.do?methodName=renderDefaultPlanOrProjectSite&projectId=107049&dctmId=0b0003e88112b997
Mail or deliver to:
Wild Horse Spay Feasibility Research Project Lead
BLM Burns District Office
28910 Highway 20 West, Hines, Oregon 97738
Fax: (541) 573-4411, Attn: Wild Horse Spay Feasibility Project Lead
Entire comments – including personal identifying information – may be published as part of the EA and Decision Record process.
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