Zinke wrong on wild horse contraception

June 17, 2017 - Last week, in front of a congressional committee, Montana’s own Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke took on the wild horse problem. We agree with him that this is a very difficult issue. Different people see wild horses very differently — some see them as pets, some see them as livestock, and some see them as wildlife. And each group believes in a different answer to the problem.

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Horse groups fear return to slaughter under Trump budget

June 13, 2017 - Wild horse groups across the United States are concerned about language in President Trump's budget that could re-open the possibility of animals being removed from the range and shipped to foreign slaughter houses.

Organizations such Citizens Against Equine Slaughter makes the case that better, more humane solutions are available: Including more, not less, use of fertility control vaccine.

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Letter: A better way for urban deer in Oak Bay, British Columbia

May 10, 2017 - According to the City of Cranbrook, Urban Deer Management Annual Report 2015/16, in Nov. 2010 they counted 101 deer and held their first cull in 2011.

After five years of culling the deer, in November 2015, the annual count identified 137 deer, the highest number since their counts began in 2010.

Wildlife management is complex and there are no quick fixes, as evidenced by those efforts.

Using a contraceptive vaccine to manage wildlife populations has been used with over 80 species of animals throughout the world; from elephants in South Africa, to deer on Fire Island, New York State and is currently being used to manage the wild horse population in Alberta.

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Study demonstrates multi-year efficacy of PZP fertility control in wild horses

From Wildlife Research - https://doi.org/10.1071/WR16123

Abstract

Context: At some sites, wild horse populations have been effectively and non-invasively regulated using remote darting with porcine zona pellucida (PZP) immunocontraceptive vaccines. However, this model has not been widely applied to wild horse herds in western USA, many of which are difficult to access because they roam large areas and are wary of people. Single-treatment, multi-year contraceptive vaccines would significantly broaden the scope for successful contraceptive management.

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Letter: PZP can help wild horses live free

April 28, 2017

Editor:

As a longtime PZP contraceptive vaccine researcher and wild horse advocate, I do recognize that treating mares with the PZP contraceptive vaccine makes them a little less wild. And it’s challenging to ask what “wild” means on a planet where human impacts are felt from pole to pole, notably so on the western rangelands inhabited by wild horses. The horses, though, care less about philosophy than about remaining free, with their bands, on healthy rangelands. If applied thoughtfully, PZP can help them do that.

Allen Rutberg, Ph.D.

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Fact-checking fake news about wildlife fertility control

The wildlife fertility control vaccine PZP is supported by nearly 40 organizations as a humane way to manage wild horses and reduce the use of inhumane roundups.

However, there are some opponents to the approach and a few have worked to spread misinformation about PZP via social media and websites.

Unfortunately, by fostering misunderstandings about fertility control, these opponents impede productive, science-based discussions about how to reduce wild horse roundups and ensure that herds are treated humanely.

Here is a look at some of the inaccurate claims about PZP that have appeared online, countered factual replies from longtime fertility control researcher Allen Rutberg, PhD, director of the Center for Animals and Public Policy for the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.

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National Geographic: Can Fertility Control Keep Wild Horse Herds in Check?

Feb. 8, 2017 - Advocate TJ Holmes believes temporary birth control—not constant, stressful roundups—is the key to maintaining some wild horse populations at sustainable levels.

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Urban deer: Let's shoot them (with contraceptive darts)

If you've been visiting this site for a while, you know that much of our discussion focuses on wild horses.

The horse issue is heated and often in the news. And with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management admitting that its system of rounding up and removing horses from the range is a failure, now is a vital time to be speaking up about the most obvious, effective and humane way to help address the problem: fertility control vaccine.

Yet, other species are also often in the news: Including urban deer.

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Wild horses - Let's resolve to find better solutions this year

Jan. 6, 2017 - Change brings both fear and opportunity.

Advocates for wild horses are understandably concerned as we enter a new year with new leaders in Washington, D.C.

What will these changes bring?

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management ended 2016 admitting that its system of rounding up and removing horse from federal land is a failure. It  doesn't control population growth. It's inhumane. And it's a drain on taxpayers.

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Darting is key to controlling Colorado’s wild horse population

Nov. 24, 2016 - The federal government is working to control the population of wild horses in Colorado. Hundreds of them across the region are creating serious challenges for the land, livestock and the horses themselves according to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) findings.

The goal for horse advocates is to control the population without harming the horses. There are different ways to get the job done.

In Colorado, the BLM uses darts full of a birth control vaccine called PZP to prevent births for an entire year. Just outside Grand Junction, 69-year-old Marty Felix is assisting in those efforts at the Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Range.

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