SOURCE: Straight From the Horse’s Heart

by Debbie Coffey                                   Copyright 2013                                            All Rights Reserved.

PART 1 of a series on BLM and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Experimentation on Wild Horses and Burros

(Warning: the photos below may be disturbing to some)

At the upcoming BLM National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board meeting, the board will likely bring up the subject of the field spaying of wild mares.

It is important to keep in mind that the BLM and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (also a Department of the Interior agency) are partnering in EXPERIMENTING on our wild horses (and, in the case of the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge, “feral” horses). This BLM advisory board was even discussing tubal ligation for mares (which seems to have been in trials in 2004).

Below is a presentation seemingly by LEON PIELSTICK, DVM, the veterinarian who has been conducting experiments on the field spaying of mares, and it shows (possibly Leon Pielstick himself) spaying a mare at a wild horse sanctuary. There are also photos of a wild stallion during a vasectomy procedure, presumably at Sheldon.

Your tax dollars are paying for this experimentation.

SOURCE: POPULATION CONTROL IN WILD HORSES, Leon Pielstick, DVM

(this is a portion of the presentation of an ovariectomy with chain ecraseur via colpotomy incision)

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(And the presentation states this:)

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However, other veterinary sources are concerned about a high incidence of peri-operative complications, including post-operative myopathy/neuropathy, wound infections, wound dehiscence, eventration, vaginal adhesions, peritonitis, post-operative pain and hemorrhage. Also, looking at the 3rd bullet point above, others estimate the prep time for surgery to be 10 minutes for standing sedation, 10-15 minutes for epidural anesthesia, and 10 minutes for the aseptic preparation. And the part about this being a “One time treatment, no need for further round ups” – wouldn’t “no need for further round ups” mean doing this to more than a few mares and could this create a NON-REPRODUCING HERD?

(Here is a portion of the presentation showing a vasectomy)

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Do you think this is what Congress had in mind when they passed the Wild Free-Roaming Horses & Burros Act of 1971? Or, do you think these government agencies are running amuck?

Please attend the BLM National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board Meeting at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, Virginia on Sept. 9-11, 2013, and be a voice for our wild horses. Remember, the BLM has only allotted a limited time on only one day for public comment, which is Sept. 10th from 3-5 p.m.

Sources:

http://www.pdx.edu/sites/www.pdx.edu.eli/files/8-%20Wild%20Horse%20Population%20Control.pdf

http://www.vetstream.com/equis/Content/Technique/teq00448

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1053/jvet.2000.17860/abstract;jsessionid=AD582280DDE77D0FE78B341312936252.d02t04

Information about the BLM National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board meeting: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/info/newsroom/2013/august/nr_08_09_2103.html

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