13 September 2018
BLM in Burns, Oregon announced their final decision to move ahead with plans to brutally sterilize wild, pregnant mares.
CAES has been fighting this plan since 2016 when they announced their first plan to do these experimental surgical procedures. The surgery is called an ovariectomy via colpotomy. It is a blind surgery in which the veterinarian reaches inside the mare, via the vagina and feels around for the ovaries. Once he locates (what he hopes is) the ovary, he inserts a tool with a chain loop around the ovary, then twists the chain to crush and pulled out the ovary.
This surgery is still experimental in wild horses, which means it must be done in a sterile environment. BLM plans to do them at the holding facility.
BLM needs IACUC approval, which they have had from 2 different universities, both of which have pulled out of these experiments. Therefore there is now no IACUC approval.
The veterinarians pushing this procedure have lied, and complaints have been filed, investigations into these veterinarians were launched, and yet BLM plans to move ahead.
CAES will be taking further action as we expect many, many organizations and people will be.
What can you do?
Call your Senators, Representative, and the National BLM office and tell them this abuse and barbaric treatment will not stand up to public scrutiny, and as a voter and owner of these wild horses, you do not want a penny of your tax dollars paying for this antiquated and barbaric experiments.
Or if you feel you want to try your hand at filing an administrative appeal against this action here is a great link with the regulations and procedures to get you started: