Making the News: Birth Control is the Best Option for Wild Horses

Nov. 4, 2016 - If you've been following this site for a while, you're head of the curve. But not for long.

The rest of the public is starting to catch on that humane fertility control is a better option than rounding up and killing wild horses and urban deer.

The news media are starting to catch up, too.

This week saw a detailed story in National Geographic, "Can Birth Control Save Our Wild Horses?",  in which volunteer darter Nancy Kilian discusses how fertility control helps keep these iconic animals "healthy and free."

There was also this beautifully shot video report on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation about a group of Alberta volunteers that is darting wild horses with the PZP vaccine to spare them from roundups and death. If you love horses, you'll want to give it a look.


These stores follow a recent story on fertility control in the Wall Street Journal and a string of court and policy victories for wild horses across the West.

Over the past several months:

  • Wild horse advocates stopped a plan by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and Oregon State University to subject wild horses to cruel and dangerous fertility control experiments.
  • The BLM rejected the advice of the agency's advisory council, which recommended euthanizing thousands of horses now living in captivity.
  • A federal court ruled that the Appropriate Management Levels (AMLs) the BLM uses to justify cruel, costly roundups aren't valid.
  • A coalition of 40 advocacy groups, including the Humane Society of the United States, called on the BLM to increase use of humane fertility control vaccine as a way to reduce and end roundups.

It's clear: The American public and our courts object to cruel treatment of wild horses. Fertility control is a better way.

With AMLs in dispute and dangerous sterilization procedures, euthanasia and slaughter off the table, fertility control is the best tool we have to preserve and manage wild horses on the range.

As we've noted, increased use of fertility control will help horses and save taxpayers money. It's effective, safe and humane.

Please share this post with friends and tell your decision-makers there's a better way.

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