BLM: Do Not Spay Wild Mares
  • Petitioned Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse Program
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BLM Wild Horse & Burros Advisory Board
Dr. Boyd Spratling

BLM: Do Not Spay Wild Mares

    1. Michael Golembeski
    2. Petition by

      Michael Golembeski

      Fort Collins, CO

The Bureau of Land Management's latest plan for wild horses is to scoop stallions into a backhoe, perform a vasectomy in the dusty open air of the range, then dump the animals out to recover from surgery in the wild. For the mares, a similar plan but this one involves inserting a tool 2 foot long tool with a noose on the end into the mare’s vagina and plucking her ovaries out one by one. Unbelievably, these methods being advocated by Dr. Boyd Spratling, a large animal veterinarian whose role should be ensuring the care and humane treatment of animals.

Dr. Boyd Spratling, concurrently serves on an committee for the Nevada Cattleman’s Association, the board of the Nevada Dept of Agriculture, and on the Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.

Does that seem like a conflict of interest to you? It did to advocates in attendance of the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board meeting October 29th in Salt Lake City. Especially when the board, that Dr. Spratling chaired, recommended a controversial method of population suppression: ovareictomy of wild mares.

Dr. Spratling suggests that it is “the agency is being attacked from all sides. The warehousing of 38,000+ captive wild horses is consuming most of the program’s budget, leaving little for management of wild herds and nothing at all for range improvements…the horse contraceptive now in use is inadequate. When injected into mares, it keeps them from producing foals for, at most, two reproductive cycles... What is needed is a contraceptive capable of stopping reproduction for at least five years or even permanently,” as reported by The Elko Daily Free Press.

In an earlier publication, Spratling says “so-called environmental groups…They’ve learned how to work the judicial system and are experts at it. They never get involved in any efforts to make things work. They wait until a decision is made, protest it, and then end up in court.”

The Bureau of Land Management seems to think that environmental advocacy groups do not represent the public. Now it is up to you, to tell Dr. Boyd Spratling and the BLM’s Wild Horse and Advisory Board that gelding stallions in backhoes and spaying wild mares in open-air procedures and setting them loose after 48hrs is not a humane method of population control, especially when alternative less evasive methods have not been fully utilized.

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    1. It seems the Blm still wants to consider this unacceptable procedure again

      Michael Golembeski
      Petition Organizer

      Please review my original petition, and stand up and as an advocate create the transparency that is always talked about the Blm needs to do, well as advocates we need to do the same.................thanks, michael

    2. Reached 1,500 signatures
    3. Decision-maker Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse Program responds:

      Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse Program

      Recently, the BLM's Wild Horse and Burro Program received hundreds of e-mails regarding a topic of discussion at the recent Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board meeting.  As you may know, the BLM receives and responds to many requests for in...


    4. Reached 1,000 signatures
    5. From Michael Golembeski, Director of The WindDancer Foundation

      Michael Golembeski
      Petition Organizer

      If one wants to reduce a herd of up to say 60 horses - bait trap them, take out what is needed, skip the PZP expense or even the massive roundup charges as has been at times close to a million dollars or more - that is ridiculous at best in my opinion.

      Donald Moore a large animals vet in Colorado I have met and talked to in the past also gave a "thumbs down" when I asked him about the invasive procedure. Even a BLM vet, Dr. Al Kane, has expressed concerns regarding the specific protocol.

      I am sure other veterinary experts across the US and also disapprove of this method but I wouldn't even waste America's time and money on researching this unapproved inhumane method for population control.

    6. From Michael Golembeski, Director of The WindDancer Foundation, Inc.

      Michael Golembeski
      Petition Organizer

      When I read the title of the blog Straight from the Horses Heart: “BLM Advisory Board recommends Sterilization of Wild Horse Mares,” I had to step back and really consider what was printed! When I saw that Dr. Boyd Spratling, the Chairman of the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board advocated these measures, I could not understand this absurd logic coming from a respected veterinarian. I asked my previous vet and my current vet their opinion and they both shook their heads in disapproval.

      Personally, I have not trusted what has been written as statements to any validity from the BLM since the Del Rio grand jury debacle and Peer white paper article “Horses to Slaughter.” Only a 10% mortality rate? What happened to the stellar PZP program? Wasn't it reported at the same meeting that they only implemented half of the approved 2,000 doses?

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    • Aviva Ben Israel TEXAS CITY, ISRAEL
      • about 1 year ago

      I travel all over the world and see cruelty to animals in every country. America, I want to be proud to represent you. Stop neutering, or spaying wild horses. The lies and damage done to the American Indians is still being felt. Please don't add this injustice as well. There is no reason for it.

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    • Charles Ridenour GLEN ST. MARY, FL
      • about 1 year ago

      Get a vet that cares about our wild horses or use approved birth control ONLY.

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    • Kelly Cornell TAUNTON, MA
      • about 1 year ago

      This is barbaric. I guess we as a species have a long way to go.

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    • steve hayden HENDERSON, NV
      • about 1 year ago

      Do I have to say anything to get the message across ..just look at the pictures ..a man using his foot and leg..shoving all into the horse ..please file charges against all involved ...cruelty is a crime.

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    • lee gardner MILFORD, IN
      • about 1 year ago

      All animals need to be treated humanely and with care. To perform surgery on horses internally without any after care is cruel and inhumane? There are other safer ways of using birth control tactics.

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