The House of Representatives Led By Horse Slaughter Proponent Congressman Chris Stewart Voted on 6/6/18 to Use Your Taxpayer Dollars on cruel Reproductive Experiments on Wild Mustang Mares.
It is never okay to spay a mare unless she has cancer or a life-threatening condition.
The BLM has released a Scoping Document on the Warm Springs Herd Management Area in Oregon that proposes spaying wild mares using ovariectomy via colpotomy. Despite massive public outcry and three lawsuits that ultimately stopped the BLM from proceeding with these so-called “experiments” in 2016, they are proposing it again. This is not about controlling a supposedly out of control population of wild horses, this is not about actual data driven scientific research and this is no way, shape or form humane, safe or responsible treatment of the wild horses that the BLM is mandated to manage and protect. This is instead cruel, unsanitary, unethical and lethal torture of wild mares. Many of these mares and their unborn foals will die, many will suffer horribly. Spaying of domestic mares is a procedure very rarely done, not using this outdated, obscene method, and is only done in sterile, controlled conditions.
The Cattle Industry
Today, there are millions of cattle on our public lands, but only an estimated 30,000 Wild Horses left. The enormous public lands comprise areas larger than the size of France. It is untrue to say that there is not enough room for the horses to live out their natural lives in their natural habitat. The cattle have decimated the land while horses have always been part of the natural balance. While cows chew cud and put nothing back into the land, the horses spread seeds from their mouths and manure that keep the land environmentally sound. However, unless drastic steps are taken, these noble creatures will be destroyed in the name of greed. This is all about AUM’s, Animal Units per Month. For every Wild Horse that is removed from the public lands, a cow and calf can replace that one horse. That is ultimately what the ranchers and cattlemen want.
The truth is there is no Wild Horse over-population problem. There is, however, a Wild Greed and Averice problem.
Decades of mismanagement by the Department of the Interior, alleged graft and curruption within the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and cruel, costly round-ups to run a Wild Horse Adoption Program that has never worked are among the main contributing factors that have thrust America’s wild herds into a downward spriral toward suffering, slaughter and death. The BLM encourages people to adopt these majestic animals but the treatment they have received over the years has frequently been less than regal and, in far too many cases, downright inhumane. Capture is often torturous and thousands of horses have died horrible deaths in the process. Mass graves of wild horses killed by the BLM and poachers have been well documented and published. This failed adoption policy was always a poor substitute for an effective and humane management plan which the American people were more than happy to support with tax-payer dollars. Herd Management Areas (HMA’s) were systematically decreased in size or eliminated altogether, allowing less and less rangelands for the horses.
Back in 1959, it was the courageous Velma Johnston, better known as Wild Horse Annie, who first inspired passage of legislation to preserve and protect America’s Wild Mustangs and Burros.
Former Rep. Nick Rahall has repeatedly tried to overturn the Burns Amendment since 2005, and Ginger Kathrens of The Cloud Foundation and others have worked tirelessly to protect and preserve these noble animals.
Protection & Preservation
Wild Horses and Burros deserve to be protected. They are part of America’s heritage. To capture a Wild Horse is to strip away the spirit and dignity of this proud and noble creature. To watch wild horses being run into a sales ring at a slaughter auction is to watch an atrocity that is so sad that it defies description. The majority of Americans want these animals preserved and protected. They can be managed in the wild and they can be moved to a sanctuary where people from around the world can have the privilege of seeing them in their natural habitat. However, to begin that process, the Burns Amendment must be repealed. Unfortunately, at this time, there is no active legislation to repeal the Amendment.
Back in 1969, author Hope Ryden wrote America’s Last Wild Horses, one of the best and most comprehensive books on the history and plight of America’s wild free-roaming horses and burros. Her prophetic title was steadily and tragically becoming a reality.