A voice of reason for wild horses

June 27, 2016 - As the U.S. Bureau of Land Management sadly veers toward using invasive, dangerous and costly surgical sterilization procedures as a way to manage wild horses on our federal lands, champions for a more-reasoned and humane approach become increasingly important.

One such voice is Ginger Kathrens, founder of The Cloud Foundation and a member of the BLM’s wild horse advisory committee.

Kathrens was the sole wild horse advocate invited to testify at a congressional hearing on the wild horse issue held last week.

As BLM detailed its support for sterilizations and the lifting of protections that prevent the export of these cherished animals to slaughter houses, Kathrens spoke up, calling out BLM's cruel and costly management schemes, which run counter to the desires of most Americans, who want to see the West's wild horse herds preserved and treated humanely.

“Castration, sterilization and long-term confinement of horses in holding facilities … is unnecessary, cruel, unhealthy and fiscally irresponsible,” she said.

Kathrens also spoke up for the use of fertility control vaccine as a safer, effective and more humane way to manage wild horse populations.

As we've mentioned before, the National Academy of Sciences and top researchers believe this approach is grossly under-used in favor of roundups, removals and long-term warehousing of wild horses.

Read this opinion piece by longtime fertility control researchers Allen Rutberg, Ph.D., from Tufts University and John Turner, Ph.D., from the University of Toledo, and this statement from three dozen wild horse advocacy groups who favor the use PZP vaccine as an alternative to roundups, removals, sterilization and slaughter.

And listen to Kathrens when she says:

"We know from successful PZP programs and alternative management approaches that the government does not need to remove wild horses and burros from federal lands to effectively manage them."

"There are reasonable, cost effective and humane alternatives to current and/or proposed BLM wild horse and burro management policies/approaches; namely those including proper PZP application. Maintaining wild horse and burro herds in the wild can be financially and culturally beneficial to local communities as well as fulfill an iconic image of western heritage."

"Revenue from wild horse viewing and photography is the main economic driver in the small towns of Maybell, Colo. and Lovell, Wyo. due to the presences of wild horse herds."

You can read more from Kathrens here.

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