Target: Neil Kornze, Director, Bureau of Land Management
Goal: Implement a safer and less invasive alternative to the surgical sterilization of wild horses.
An animal welfare group is alleging that current sterilization programs for wild horses in federal lands are unnecessarily cruel and can result in death. In a lawsuit, Front Range Equine Rescue (FRER) accused the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) of using experimental sterilization procedures on the animals in an effort to control their population. The group reports that the procedures, which include removing horses’ ovaries or burning their Fallopian tubes with a laser, are extremely invasive and risky.
BLM is currently struggling to contain the overpopulation of horse and burro herds in federal lands. It is reported that some areas have up to six times more animals than can be sustained on the land long-term. This issue is compounded by the animals’ quick reproduction rate, which can see the size of a herd doubled in only five years. In order to save the animals from the perils of overcrowding, which include lack of food and excessive aggression, population control is necessary.
While population control is needed, these alleged experimental procedures are not. There are several non-invasive birth control options, such as the immunocontraceptive vaccine known as PZP, openly available to the BLM. In order to ensure the welfare of America’s wild horses and burros, BLM must stop its alleged unnecessary cruelty. Sign the petition below to demand that safer and less invasive contraception methods are implemented for wild equines.
Dear Mr. Kornze,
Wild horses and burros are allegedly being subjected to invasive and experimental sterilization procedures, which include the removal of the ovaries and the burning of the Fallopian tubes with lasers. This type of sterilization poses unnecessary health risks and increases recovery time. While the overpopulation of equine species on federal lands is an issue that must be addressed, more humane options such as the contraceptive vaccine PZP, would be much better suited to this task.
In order to stop the mass-scale animal cruelty that rights group Front Range Equine Rescue alleges, we must turn to more modern options for population control. We, the undersigned, urge you to explore more humane options such as PZP to control the population of wild horses on federal lands.
[Your Name Here]
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