Legally enable administration of PZP birth control to Placitas horse herd.
  • Petitioning Keith Gardner

This petition will be delivered to:

Gov. Martinez Chief of Staff
Keith Gardner
New Mexico Attorney General
Attorney General Gary King

Legally enable administration of PZP birth control to Placitas horse herd.

    1. Laura Robbins
    2. Petition by

      Laura Robbins

      Placitas, NM

For years, we in Placitas, New Mexico have enjoyed sharing our community with bands of wild horses. In the last few years, drought conditions and increasing numbers of horses have created the need for some form of population control, as there are more horses now than the local environment can sustainably support.
These Placitas, New Mexico horses need to be administered PZP birth control, but the New Mexico Livestock Board and the State Veterinarian are blocking this procedure due to legalities that state an owner must give permission for these free roaming horses to receive PZP. The NM Livestock Board also states that there is no owner of record.
The Placitas community has willing and trained volunteers able to do this job. Volunteers are also willing to reduce the herd's number and find placement outside of Placitas proper for a significant number of these horses. These horses are thirsty and thin due to the drought and a band is dangerously grazing along Hwy 165. Actions need to be taken before a human is killed by a horse being hit on the highway by a car.
We ask that a waiver be created for the Placitas Horse Herd that enables birth control to be legally administered to the Placitas free-roaming horses. The ability to administer birth control is only one of the steps that need to be taken, but it is a necessary and immediate need.

Keith Gardner, Gov. Martinez Chief of Staff
Attorney General Gary King, New Mexico Attorney General
Legally enable administration of PZP birth control to Placitas horse herd.

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. Placitas Horse Petition for Legalizing Birth Control

      Laura Robbins
      Petition Organizer

      We've reached 200 signatures! Most are from Placitas neighbors. Please send the petition to more Placitans, if possible. Thanks!!!

    3. Reached 200 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Lois Morse CEDAR FALLS, IA
      • 7 months ago

      my husband and I have experienced the wild horses at his sister's home in Placitas. They are an important part of New Mexico and need to be helped in any way possible.

      • 7 months ago

      I have seen the Placitas horses

    • Diane Ransom PLACITAS, NM
      • 7 months ago

      If PZP had been allowed when first recommended, we would not have this problem. There have been so many hard fought battles to keep them here and it's time our voices were heard.

    • Peter Stone RANCHO SANTA FE, CA
      • 9 months ago

      Seems humane and in best intrest of herd in a multiple, comprensive strategy.

    • Jacque Moise PLACITAS, NM
      • 9 months ago

      Environmentally and agriculturally, we cannot sustain a wild herd of horses and future babies.


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