Complaint Filed Over Plans for Sterilization Research on American Wild Horses
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Tuesday's Horse
April 2016

[Also read: Oppose Barbaric Mare Sterilization Experiments]

Wild horse advocacy groups have filed a formal complaint to halt what they described as barbaric sterilization experiments.

The groups initially presented the complaint last Wednesday at a public meeting of the BLMs National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.

They provided the board with video of the proposed procedure and statements from eyewitnesses and veterinarians who questioned the safety and scientific integrity of the experiments.

Its unconscionable for OSU and the BLM to subject wild mares most of which are pregnant to painful and risky experiments that will cause many to have abortions and which will put mares at risk for serious injury, infection and death, American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign executive director Suzanne Roy said.


This is a dangerous procedure in which a veterinarian makes an incision in the mare's vagina, inserts his arm into the vaginal cavity, manually locates the ovaries and rips them out using an "ecraseur," a rod-like device with a chain on the end. The painful procedure will subject mares to the risk of infection, hemorrhage and evisceration (intestines coming through the incision) and cause mares in the early to mid-stages of pregnancy to abort their fetuses. 

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