OPINION: Birth Control for Wild Horses, a Colossal Mistake


By Staci-lee Sherwood

Wild horses don’t need contraception … but we humans definitely do. For a prime example of a species that is vastly overpopulated, decimates the earth, quickly depletes natural resources, we need look no further than our own species. In truth, we are the only species that falls into this category. We know deep down that there are too many people for natural resources to support them, but we ignore this truth – choosing instead to find others to blame for the extinction of life on this planet.

Warning signs have been around for decades, but we persist in over-breeding and overusing what nature provides. We knew in the 1970s that we were polluting our own drinking water, knowing that it could never be cleaned, leading countless species to the brink and sometimes to the brink of extinction. It didn’t deter us and at times seemed to push us as a country to go even further down the rabbit hole.

For many, the ego forbids them to admit that they have failed. This is especially true when it comes to wildlife. Somehow we got into our head that our own species doesn’t need to be managed, but all other species do. The mindset that promotes this type of distorted view of the world, and perverts our relationship with nature, kills us and everything around us. We are part of nature; it is not something that we are going to visit. This disconnect is how we come to a point where it is accepted policy to kill nursing Cubs in a den, contaminate our own food and water, and remove native wild horses from their range of origin. , then bring them down with experimental birth control drugs. .

How did we get to this point of insanity?

Taxpayer funding for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wild Horse & Burro (WH&B) program commands an annual budget of over $ 150 million. It’s serious funding… some might say, the kind that invites theft, fraud and corruption. A budget like this is impossible to follow, and maybe it is by design. Some consider the BLM to be one of the most corrupt agencies in the entire federal government. That’s quite a feat, considering the fierce competition in the bribery racket with figures such as the Department of Defense, the Department of Agriculture, and the Food and Drug Administration, believed to be fair. behind.

But let’s talk about the use of potentially dangerous contraceptive methods on wild horses.

Photo credit: Kathleen Masterson / KUNR

Using birth control as a bargaining chip is a failed argument.

Many horse advocacy groups use the excuse of saying that the fertility program is a bargaining chip. In 2017, many advocates and supporters believed that these nonprofits – Humane Society (HSUS), Return to Freedom (RTF), American Society for Prevention of Cruelty Animals (ASPCA) – were going to champion the issues of wild horses and animals. burros and raise their plight to the level of urgent importance it always has been.

They failed miserably, but cling to the hackneyed myth that birth control will end the roundups. This lie has been sold to the public and to the financial backers of these nonprofits and other rights groups who have jumped on the bandwagon. Anyone who has worked with the BLM or even just watched its actions knows that there is virtually nothing that will stop the roundups. Supporting the use of birth control accepts the narrative pushed by ranchers and energy companies through the mouth of the government.

The use of birth control goes hand in hand with the “Path forward” program that leads to extinction.

It doesn’t matter what had been hoped for during negotiations between the chosen stakeholders in 2017. The list of participants reads like a Who’s Who in the livestock and energy sectors, and is devoid of true advocates of horses and burro. HSUS has a long history of fraud; ASPCA hasn’t done much for wildlife in decades. The only nonprofit specifically representing wild horses was RTF who has since peddled, saying they didn’t know the government would just do its own thing. The American Mustang Foundation is a front for energy interests.

The “Path Forward” set the tone for the unscientific basis for using AMLs to determine how many horses should stay in a particular area. The aml represents the average monthly level which, in simple terms, means the number of horses and burros. This issue has been concocted between the breeders and the BLM to see how many horses they can get away with setting off on the beach so he doesn’t look completely wiped out all at once. The plan in 2017 was to take a few years to slowly increase the number of horses and burros withdrawn with each roundup while increasing the use of toxic contraceptive drugs, knowing that this would eventually lead to birth defects and infertility. This is the true intention of the “Way Ahead” and it works.

“The Equine Specialist Group of the Species Survival Commission of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature recommends minimum populations of 2,500 individuals for the conservation of genetic diversity. Currently, no herd management area on public land has a minimum long-term viable population. Click here to read the full article:

A 2013 National Research Council of the National Academies of Sciences long report, “Using Science to Improve the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program: A Way Forward” had two main interesting findings and the full report is here: https: // www / read / 13511 / chapter / 4 # 33

“… statistics on the size of the national population cannot be considered scientifically rigorous …”

“The way AMLs are established, monitored and adjusted is not transparent to stakeholders, underpinned by scientific information, or subject to change to adapt with new information and environmental and social changes. “

If you thought peer-reviewed scientific research using independent verified sources was leading the experiments, it isn’t. In 2017, a GAO report noted that no studies had been conducted to separate impacts on rangelands from horses and wild cattle; United States Government Accountability Office Report, Animal Welfare: 2017 “American Horse Information”.

Gonacon comes with a lot of serious warnings how safe can this really be? Loudest of equestrian associations – American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) and RTF have pushed for the use of PZP as a way to stop roundups and save our horses. They just push the PZP that HSUS owns the patent that was originally designed for female white-tailed deer, not horses. They appear to be deaf when asked about the use of Gonacon. During my conversation with Jenny Lesieutre, the public relations manager of BLM WHB Nevada told me during our telephone conversation that they “had been using Gonacon for two years but had not had time to issue the press release” . Ask most people if they don’t know it is used or to what extent. Lesieutre also said that if Gonacon hits the mare’s belly instead of the rear, it can be fatal.

On the Gonacon label, it lists Mammalian Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone 0.03% and “other ingredients” 99.97%. What exactly would the “other” ingredients be?

We know that our federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have been hijacked, apparently on purpose, by commercial interests. They have no credibility when they approve a chemical, drug or product. In fact, the EPA and FDA are little more than huge bureaucratic filing systems for some of the deadliest chemicals ever put in our food, water, and medicine. We don’t need to look any further than our history with asbestos, Roundup, and Oxycontin to see how ineffective our so-called oversight agencies are.

The USDA’s involvement in the making of Gonacon seems to be proof of the fact that it is not a real contraceptive, but a sterility drug in disguise. More worrying are the ongoing wild horse experiments at Teddy Roosevelt National Park (TRNP). Their once genetically diverse herd is now inbred with health issues. Their long-term survival is in question. This is probably due to the use of birth control which destroyed the ability of horses to choose a genetically viable mate.

At the Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Fertility Control Workshop, held on November 8, 2018 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, wild horse experiences at Teddy Roosevelt National Park were discussed, with elements of truth illuminating and disturbing for the most part hidden from the public.

“Through our research, which has all been shared on our Facebook page and is continually updated on our website, we have shown that the ‘search’ done in TRNP is being done for reasons other than horses in TRNP. plan was always to keep experimenting on our horses until they were able to find the right dosage of GonaCon that would definitely sterilize the mares. Once they found that dosage they could take it, along with the new remote darting system on which TRNP horses were also tested, in the west to sterilize mares in the field.

At the same conference that Dr Dan Baker proudly spoke to, Dr Jenny Powers also spoke with pride about this remote dart system being developed for use on the Wild Horses of the West Range. Links to both videos are available on this website:

Gonacon products are classified by the EPA as restricted use pesticides. Since these products are for restricted use; all users must be certified pesticide applicators or be under the supervision of a certified pesticide applicator. “Human Health and Environmental Risk Assessment for Using USDA-APHIS-Wildlife Services Wildlife Damage Management Methods Chapter XI The Use of GonaCon in Wildlife Damage Management fauna, August 2017. ”We know this is not the case at BLM; they use vets, who are not the same. We have many studies on the dangers of human birth control pills when released into water and the damage they cause to aquatic life. Is Gonacon more dangerous?

If one has to wear protective gear when administering it to a living creature… how safe is that really?

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