ANOTHER CASUALTY OF THE STEWART AMENDMENT TO SELL HORSES TO AN ‘ENTITY’ WITHOUT RESTRICTION.
CALL YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS TODAY AND TELL THEM THE STEWART AMEND IN THE FY 2018 BILL MUST NOT PASS. THESE GRUESOME, DANGEROUS SURGERIES MUST NOT BE DONE ON OUR WILD MARES EVER!
BLM MARES SOLD FOR EXPERIMENTATION TO PROTECT THE HARVEST
After CAES heard about the wild mares sold, by Burns BLM to Protect the Harvest, we found out 10 fillies were sold to Protect the Harvest, and spayed by an unknown veterinarian at a private facility. The surgical procedure done was oviarectomy via colpotomy according to Rob Sharp, Burns BLM.
According to BLM personnel at the Delta holding facility in UT, it doesn’t seem these mares can be sold to an entity or individual for the purpose of commercial means, which she felt would include experimenting.
So even though CAES et al. were able to turn around the plan to do these mare sterilization experiments in the corals in Burns, it seems BLM and those that will do anything to get rid of our wild horses, found a way to circumvent the law by selling horses to an entity (thanks to the Stewart Amendment that passed in the Omnibus bill).
Will this become the fate of our wild horses? IS THIS why Rep Stewart is pushing another amendment this year to lift restrictions, does he want to humanely euthanize those in holding and then go out and sterilize mares on the range.
After reading the post from Protect the Harvest at:
it is pretty clear that the plan is to convince the powers that be to sterilize wild mares on the range.
It also seems very likely that the same veterinarian who wanted, and expressed eagerness in perfecting the experimental surgery, is the one who did these. That is Dr Leon Pielstick. The other veterinarian who has been very vocal in supporting these barbaric surgeries is Julie Weikel, a member of the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Council. She stated in a panel discussion last year that she had done these procedures on hundreds of heifers. I am not sure to this day WHY any dairy or beef farmer/rancher would pay to have a cow sterilized.
So right now what we understand is:
~10 young mares were sold to Protect the Harvest
~These mares were sterilized about a week an a half ago
~~The surgeries were done at a private facility
~~The procedure done was ovariectomy via colpotomy
~Protect the Harvest told Rob Sharp from Burns District, BLM that there were no complications
~The fillies will now be sold at the 2017 Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity. Then will be invited back to the 2018 Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity to compete in their own division for a $25 K purse.
Stay tuned as we investigate further.
*Protect the Harvest is led by oil millionaire Forest Lucas. This program of brutalizing mares was under Protect the Harvest leadership of Dave Duquette, a resident of Hermiston, Oregon.