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Captured Mares at the BLM Wild Horse Corral Facility in Hines, Oregon | Mike Lorden Photography

January 27, 2016

Oppose BLM's Barbaric Sterilization Experiments on Captured Wild Mares

This is it - the BLM has gone too far. Now the agency wants to perform crude, inhumane and archaic abortion/sterilization experiments on our treasured wild horses that are being kept in an Oregon holding facility. Once majestic, wild and free, the mares will be subjected to an invasive and painful procedure called "ovariectomy via colpotomy," in which a veterinarian places his arm into a mare's vaginal cavity, manually locates the ovaries and rips them out using a rod-like device with a chain on the end. (See picture at left.) The procedure will cause mares in the early and possibly mid-stages of pregnancy to abort their fetuses, and carries a significant risk of pain, hemorrhage and evisceration (intestines coming through the incision). After the surgery, the BLM intends to turn the mares back out into their corrals, with open incisions and none of the post-operative care that is required for any domestic mares who undergo this painful, surgically-risky and potentially life-threatening procedure. Please help us demonstrate overwhelming public opposition to this grotesque plan by taking action below!  



We are proud to announce a new partnership between AWHPC and the Ian Somerhalder Foundation to keep the historic horses of Nevada's Virginia Range wild and free. The Foundation's namesake and founder, pictured at left, is a noted film and television actor and dedicated animal and environmental advocate. The generous grant funds the PZP birth control program that is a key component of the humane management program that AWHPC is implementing in conjunction with the Nevada Department of Agriculture and local wild horse organizations. The humane and non-invasive PZP birth control vaccine stands in stark contrast to the gruesome sterilization techniques that BLM is proposing to implement on wild mares. We at AWHPC are big fans of Ian's work to help the planet and are honored by his support for our work!



Last Chance to Get Your 2016 AWHPC Calendar! 

The New Year is well underway and we're offering one last chance to get your first edition 2016 copy of our  "Keep Wild Horses and Burros Wild" calendar! All proceeds from the sales will go directly back into our work to keep America's wild horses and burros living free on the range. You won't want to miss the beautiful photography donated by the AWHPC friends and noted wildlife photographers featured in the calendar, so please order yours before it's too late!





Feb. 1: Comments on Wild Horse Off-Range Pasture

Feb. 3: Public Comments on Mare Spaying Research Due

Feb. 3: Wyoming Resource Advisory Council Meeting

Feb. 5: Comments on June 2016 Competitive Oil and Gas Lease Sale Due

Jan. 29: Comments on NV and CA Greater Sage Grouse Bi-State Land Use Due 

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