This Black Friday Make a Difference for Wild Horses

November 12, 2017 Craig Downer visit

Through crowdfunding every dollar counts

It’s Black Friday and the sacred WY14™ Wild Horses need help. They must get caught up with their November board on the rented 270 biodiverse acres by Saturday afternoon! Please click here: https://www.gofundme.com/help-wy14tm-wild-horses-november to help them with a tax-deductible donation today. Thank you!

The WY14™ Preservation Project is funded by the people through crowdfunding. Every dollar counts. We are NOT funded by Big Oil & Gas and NOT funded by Big Pharma or Pesticide PZP like other wild horse groups. We are funded through grassroots crowdfunding campaigns and we saved them in 2014 through the power of prayer.

This is a very important preservation project that honors sacred 4-leggeds from the Bighorn Basin (WYO), at the base of the Pryor Mountains, who were rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management at the request of the State of Wyoming. After the WILD herd was sold to the slaughterhouse, Mark Boone Junior and I rescued them back from the Canadian slaughterhouse yard and saved their lives. The majority of their herd was slaughtered before we could find them.

The WY14™ and a few foals now live on 270 rented acres about one hour from Lake Tahoe. They have springs, grazing for part of the year, varied terrain and are happy there.

We are volunteers so every dollar raised goes to pay their board.

I’ve been viciously attacked by PRO-SLAUGHTER & BLM Trolls for years now. That alone will tell you how important this preservation project is.

Please HELP today! Donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/help-wy14tm-wild-horses-november Thank you and Bless you!

The WY14™ Wild Horses send you so much LOVE and Gratitude for being an important part of their lives.

For the Sacred 4-Leggeds,
Anne Novak

Volunteer Executive Director
American Wild Horse Institute
501(c)3 nonprofit organization

www.PayPal.me/AWHI

 

Protect Mustangs is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of native and wild horses. www.ProtectMustangs.org



Senate Appropriations maintains protections for wild horses

Despite crazy ideas pushed around to kill or slaughter America’s last wild horses, the United States Senate Appropriations Committee has upheld the law and we are grateful. We would like to thank Senator Udall for spearheading the moral path to honor the law.

We also want to thank you for taking action with phone calls, meetings and emails!

Please call the following Senators. Thank them for protecting America’s last wild horses and politely ask them for an independent head count.

Sen. Mitch McConnell: (202) 224-2541
Sen. Chuck Schumer: (202) 224-6542
Sen. Thad Cochran: (202) 224-5054
Sen. Patrcky Leahy: (202) 224-4242
Sen. John Hoeven: (202) 224-2551
Sen. Jeff Merkley: (202) 224-3753
Sen. Lisa Murkowski: (202)-224-6665
Sen. Tom Udall: (202) 224-6621

Join more than 46,000 people who have signed the Petition for a Head Count of Wild Horses and Burros: https://www.change.org/p/u-s-senate-investigate-the-wild-horse-burro-count-in-captivity-and-freedom It’s essential we find out how many are left.

The fight continues

Sadly the Bureau of Land Management and groups who lobby for population control experimentation, as well as permanent and semi-permanent sterilization will continue to fear monger the trusting public up through the end of the year. . . It’s now that the public can notice who is in the fight to protect the wild horses and who is playing the game for the research grants, long-term holding contracts and slick end of the year campaigns for fertility control–on a species threatened with extinction.

For the Wild Ones,

Anne Novak
Volunteer Executive Director
Protect Mustangs

Anne Novak interviewed at a protest outside Senator Feinstein’s office July 3, 2017

Protect Mustangs is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of native and wild horses. www.ProtectMustangs.org



HELP Wild Mustang Preservation Project this November!

In 2014, after a stealth BLM roundup, Mark Boone Junior and I rescued the Dry Creek Wild Horses back from the Canadian slaughterhouse yard. All the wild horses from their herd, over the age of 2, had been quickly slaughtered at the plant right after the roundup. These youngsters were going to be live shipped to Asia for sashimi. We rescued them before they were sent to the Canadian airport. We called them the WY14™.

Now the WY14™ Wild Horses live in sanctuary on 270 rented biodiverse acres with ponds, meadows for grazing, spring-fed creeks, hills, buttes and their families. There are 4 bands and one of them is a bachelor band just like in the wild. Please donate today! https://www.gofundme.com/help-wy14tm-wild-horses-november

Their board on the ranch is paid monthly. GFM and the disbursement company take about 10% so the total the WY14™ Wild Horse herd needs to raise is $3,300. We raise money for their board monthly through crowdfunding so everyone can be a part of their life. Every dollar counts and they all add up to meet the WY14™’s goal.

We are looking for someone to help us with a capital land campaign or someone who can find a land donation suitable for the WY14™ Wild Horses. Please contact me if you can help. Meanwhile the WY14™ Wild Horses are boarding on 270 biodiverse acres where they are able to live in a natural setting–so happy and definitely healing from the trauma of the Wyoming roundup and loss.

Please donate today for their November board which includes grazing. The 270 acre terrain is varied from spring fed creeks and ponds to meadows and sagebrush, trees to hills and buttes. This is a good place for them. The vet, VIP visitors, and others have observed how happy they are. This is a grassroots project.

(Photos © Craig Downer Ph.D.c.)

Please make your tax-deductible donation to help the wild horses after they lost everything from the roundup to slaughter. Click here to donate: https://www.gofundme.com/help-wy14tm-wild-horses-november

(2014 Rescue: Sad WY14™ Wild Horses greiving the loss of their free roaming large herd from Wyoming. Mustangs have feelings.)

This is a very important project and we are volunteers. All the money raised goes to the WY14™’s monthly board on the 270 acres. The American Wild Horse Institute is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the education about and the preservation of America’s last wild horses. Our Tax ID is 46-4516347.

Donate today https://www.gofundme.com/help-wy14tm-wild-horses-november  to make a difference in the lives of the amazing wild horses rescued back from the slaughterhouse yard and this important preservation project. Thank you and Bless you!

The WY14™ Wild Horses send you their Great Love and Gratitude. They are so thankful you are helping them.

For the Wild Ones,
Anne Novak

Volunteer Executive Director
American Wild Horse Institute
501(c)3 nonprofit organization

P.O. Box 5661, Berkeley, CA. 95705

URGENT: Help Wild Mares Escape Experiments!

Help wild horses at BLM’s notorious Burns Corral (Oregon) get to safety

With all the information coming out of the Burns Corral in Hines, Oregon it’s no wonder that Bureau of Land Management (BLM) volunteers have tried to discredit good advocates for wild horses. I remember when bizarrely our 2012 awareness campaign about 3-Strikers being sold by the truckload was attacked. BLM’s collaborators don’t want the public to know the truth because selling truckloads of wild horses to kill buyers is greasing palms and disposing of America’s iconic wild horses that they regard as vermin.

Pro-slaughter activists–pushing for Nazi-like population control experiments on wild mares–claim to “volunteer for BLM” and have deep ties to the Burns Corral as well as the Eugene auction house which is frequented by kill-buyers. Recently, Pro-Slaughter activists purchased wild fillies from the BLM to perform sterilization surgeries on them then resell them at a rodeo. Their objective is to buy publicity for surgically sterilizing wild mares despite the fact that there is no evidence of overpopulation. Pro-slaughter lobbyists are dangling a $25,000 purse exclusively for these sterilized fillies in the upcoming 2018 rodeo. They seem to be partnering with BLM from the Burns Corral and using taxpayer dollars in the process. How do you feel about that?

Since the pro-slaughter lobby is happy to toss money around left and right it’s becoming obvious that they are paying internet trolls to infiltrate “horse advocacy” and Facebook groups. Their goal is to disrupt unity and break down the mustang protection movement. They start smears with goals to divide and conquer. It’s time for real horse advocates to realize they are being played by pro-slaughter creeps.

Are mustang profiteers taking advantage of the well intentioned national Trainer Incentive Program (TIP) to grab wild horses that the BLM wants to dispose of? How would you prove they are sneaking wild horses out and selling them to slaughter? Who is keeping track of all the wild horses who have been transferred to TIP “trainers” since 2009? Please sign and share the petition for a head count to uncover the back-doors to slaughter: https://www.change.org/p/u-s-senate-investigate-the-wild-horse-burro-count-in-captivity-and-freedom

 

The truth is, places like the Burns Corral in Oregon are high risk zones for wild horses. Please share the following mares so they can be adopted or purchase and get to safety in private care. Thank you and Bless you!

photo by BLM

GLENDA (#3413) is a 6 year old mare from Beatys Butte (OR) who holds ancient wisdom and kindness. She deserves respect and love. Ideally GLENDA would be most happy and blessed to leave the notorious Burns Corral with her buddy. She has been there since she was captured in 2015. We hope her buddy can be identified quickly so they both can get out before it’s too late. We will not sit by and let the BLM and their collaborators experiment on GLENDA and her best friend. Please share this post and PRAY for GLENDA to find her forever home quickly. You can bid on her here: https://www.blm.gov/adoptahorse/horse.php?horse_id=9592&mygalleryview=

This is what BLM says about GLENDA:

“Sex: Mare Age: 6 Years Height (in hands): 14.1

Necktag #: 3413 Date Captured: 11/05/15

Freezemark: 11023413 Signalment Key: HF1AAAAAG

Color: Gray Captured: Beatys Butte (OR)

Notes:
Video of this horse is available here.

This horse is currently located at the Corral Facility in Hines, Oregon. For more information, please contact Patti Wilson at e-mail pwilson@blm.gov.

Pick up options (by appt): Burns, OR (after Sep 19); Elm Creek, NE; Pauls Valley, OK, Ewing, IL.

Other pick up options: Sedalia, MO (Oct 6); Hot Springs, AR (Oct 20); and Pensacola, FL (Nov 10).

Adoption confirmation for this animal must be finalized, by email to BLM_ES_INET_Adoption@blm.gov, no later than Noon Mountain September 14. After this date, all unclaimed animals will be available for in-person walk up adoption ONLY.
The opening bid is $125.00 You must be approved to bid
and logged in.  If you already logged in, you must have completed an application and it must be approved before you can place a bid.”

 

photo by BLM

DOROTHY (#3262) is a 6 year old mare from GLENDA’s herd called Beatys Butte. She is a strong mare who will probably bond well with strong and gentle leadership. DOROTHY should never have been removed from the wild and now she’s been sitting int he BLM pens for close to 2 years. Could she be buddies with GLENDA? Please share this post and PRAY for DOROTHY to find her forever home quickly. The clock is ticking . . .   You can bid on Dorothy here: https://www.blm.gov/adoptahorse/horse.php?horse_id=9613&mygalleryview=

This is what BLM says about Dorothy (#3262):

“Sex: Mare Age: 6 Years Height (in hands): 14.2

Necktag #: 3262 Date Captured: 11/05/15

Freezemark: 11023262 Signalment Key: HF1AAAAAG

Color: Gray Captured: Beatys Butte (OR)

Notes:
Video of this horse is available here.

This horse is currently located at the Corral Facility in Hines, Oregon. For more information, please contact Patti Wilson at e-mail pwilson@blm.gov.

Pick up options (by appt): Burns, OR (after Sep 19); Elm Creek, NE; Pauls Valley, OK, Ewing, IL.

Other pick up options: Sedalia, MO (Oct 6); Hot Springs, AR (Oct 20); and Pensacola, FL (Nov 10).

Adoption confirmation for this animal must be finalized, by email to BLM_ES_INET_Adoption@blm.gov, no later than Noon Mountain September 14. After this date, all unclaimed animals will be available for in-person walk up adoption ONLY.adoption ONLY.”

Please share out Wizard of Oz mares called GLENDA and DOROTHY. If these two mares don’t get picked and go into good homes then they could end up with another strike and soon sold for sterilization experimentation or worse. Check back here as we will be posting more on this page. Thank you for doing what you can do to help America’s last wild horses. Saving these two lives right now will make a difference for them. 

Together we can turn this around.

For the wild Ones,
Anne Novak

Volunteer Executive Director
Protect Mustangs  
501(c)3 nonprofit organization

Protect Mustangs is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of native and wild horses. www.ProtectMustangs.org



Petition: Take the Collars off Wild Mares Now!

EXPERIMENTS on wild mares

Abuse and harassment

$11.5 million tax dollars are being given away to experiment on America’s last wild horses and burros based on a lie. The truth is free roaming wild horses are under-populated and there never has been an accurate headcount–only lies to get tax dollars from Congress.

The Adobe Queen video is going viral. She’s being cruelly harassed (https://www.facebook.com/ProtectMustangs/videos/1395669043825444/?pnref=story) by forcing a tracking collar on her. Collars might cause death when the collars get tight.

The Care2.com petition to Take Collars off Wild Horses Now! hits close to 60,000 signatures and is going viral. This is what it says:

We request you immediately release federally protected Adobe Town Wild Horses from tracking collars! All collars can cause injury and death to wild horses.

As of March 30, 2017, at least 14 Adobe Town wild mares have been trapped, harassed and collared. There is a remote release feature that can free them in an instant. We request you push the button and end this harassment now!

In this video you can see how the wild mare is trapped and harassed as they put the collar on her–as part of an experiment. This sort of cruelty should never happen. The BLM wants to know their hiding places so they can shoot and kill them if they get permission later. The public is outraged!

Right now America’s free-roaming, federally protected wild horses are being abused and harassed in various sick and twisted experiments paid for with $11.5 million tax dollars. Read more about that here: http://protectmustangs.org/?p=10136 They should never be used as lab animals! Wild horses are supposed to be protected from harassment and abuse according to the law but that’s not happening. The public demands this cruelty stop!

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the University of Wyoming have forced collars on iconic wild horses from the Adobe Town herd to track their hiding places in the vast high desert. These collars are not only cruel, violate their right to freedom but they could cause death as they have in the past.

What happens if the wild mare gets caught on something? What happens when she fattens up after winter and the collar is too tight? Will the collar kill her?

There is no evidence of overpopulation according to the National Academy of Sciences, therefore population control with dangerous Pesticide PZP (http://protectmustangs.org/?page_id=6922), sterilizations and this tracking device to help hunt wild horses down in future roundups have no merit. It’s harassment, animal cruelty and a waste of tax dollars.

We want federally protected wild horses to be protected–so quickly release the collars to stop the harassment and cruelty now!

Sign and Share the petition here: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/180/446/599/take-collars-off-wild-horses-now/

Protect Mustangs is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of native and wild horses. www.ProtectMustangs.org



Overpopulation myth used to fear monger Senate into treating wild horses like pests

 

For immediate release:

Public outraged killing and sales to slaughter is proposed by Zinke

WASHINGTON (June 21, 2017)–With no accurate head count of wild horses in the wild, the new Secretary of Interior, Ryan Zinke, pushes forward in the Senate tomorrow to lift the ban on destroying wild horses and unlimited sales by the truckload. Sales in the past of thousands of wild horses have resulted in America’s mustangs being slaughterd for a delicacy meal abroad. Protect Mustangs is petitioning for a Congressional investigation and head count of wild horses and burros (https://www.change.org/p/u-s-senate-investigate-the-wild-horse-burro-count-in-captivity-and-freedom) to find out how many are left and how many have already disappeared.

“The wild horse management responsibility of the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management mandates an accurate population count”, states Christine DeCarlo, PhD. “This is the only moral and legal way forward. Without that data any proposal can not be justified. A DNA study is warranted but just counting noses at this point would be a huge step in the right direction.”

“It’s time for the truth to come out before America’s last herds of wild horses are managed to extinction through killing, sterilization, sales by the truckload or pesticides used for birth control,” states Anne Novak, executive director of Protect Mustangs. “The bottom line is Americans want their wild horses protected. Count them first, then base management on accurate information, not hype.”

“We need an independent professional census done of all the wild horses and wild burros who remain upon the BLM and US Forest Service lands in and around their legal Herd Areas (BLM) and Territories (U.S. Forest Service),” explains Craig Downer, wildlife ecologist, Ph.D c. “I recognize that the situation is urgent, because this year I have been out in the field observing a number of the wild horse and wild burro herds, and am finding very few left.”

Pesticide PZP, made from slaughterhouse pig ovaries, and other forms of fertility control, is being pushed as a solution to the fake overpopulation problem. Without a head count of wild horses in the wild, basic information needed is ignored. Why has the bureau avoided head counts in the wild? Is it because the decline in population and the risk to herd survival would be exposed?

“When we include birth controls, such as Pesticide PZP, we have simply added yet another layer to the ‘Road to Extinction'”, states John Cox, veteran, author and nature photographer. “We go to ecological zones that are being destroyed, with low viability wildlife census populations, essentially going extinct (i.e. wild horses et al.) — then we go to diminishing lands-based parameters that require diversity, but there is only an estimated 4% of those lands left, which creates extinction of both wildlife and vegetation and yet another chain of extinction that exists yet ignored — then we go to the strata of different local areas, and the difference in census populations of wildlife, which creates different situations (one size does not fit all) and we find problems in both lands-mass as well as very low or next to no population viability.”

The National Academy of Sciences stated in their 2013 report (https://www.nap.edu/catalog/13511/using-science-to-improve-the-blm-wild-horse-and-burro-program) that there was “no evidence of overpopulation”. Since then the Department of Interior and the Bureau of Land Management have continued to spend millions on roundups and off-range holding based on inflated population estimates to fund their program.

Novak’s #NoKill Mustangs petition has more than 223,000 signatures: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/907/592/301/demand-nokill-45000-wild-horses-burros-in-holding/

Protect Mustangs’ Defund the Roundups and Stop the Slaughter Petition has more than 106,000 Signatures: https://www.change.org/p/defund-and-stop-the-wild-horse-burro-roundups

“Overpopulation is fake news,” says Novak. “We won’t let them kill wild horses, use pesticides on them or sell them to slaughter buyers. Wild horses aren’t pests or a meat source–they are national treasures and icons of freedom. The public is outraged.”

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Links of Interest:

Live hearing June 22, 2017: https://naturalresources.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=402138

Committee Hearing Notice: https://naturalresources.house.gov/uploadedfiles/hearing_notice_–_ov_hrg_06.22.17.pdf

Pesticide PZP Fact Sheet: https://www3.epa.gov/pesticides/chem_search/reg_actions/pending/fs_PC-176603_01-Jan-12.pdf

Dangers of PZP: http://protectmustangs.org/?page_id=6922

Media Contacts:

Anne Novak: Tel./Text: 415.531.8454, Anne@ProtectMustangs.org
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheAnneNovak
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ProtectMustangs

Stephanie Allen: Tel./Text: 414.544.2015, sallenicrofwi@gmail.com

Protect Mustangs is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of native and wild horses. www.ProtectMustangs.org



Red Alert: 65 Three-Strike wild horses in Fallon, Nevada need safe homes! #Fallon65

Three-Strike wild horses often show up in the slaughter pipeline

RENO, Nev. (May 5, 2017)— Protect Mustangs encourages the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to make it easy on the public to view and buy the 65 three-strikes wild horses, known as the #Fallon65, during the two free public tours of the Indian Lakes Off-Range Wild Horse and Burro Corral in Fallon, Nevada, on Friday, May 12. This is a private facility that is closed most of the year to the public therefore adoptions are limited. Sales appear limited to 4 wild horses per person per year. Title is awarded at the sale.

“We hope the 65 Three-Strike wild horses at the Fallon Facility will be easy to identify in separate pens so the public can find ones to buy and get them out to safety,” says Anne Novak, executive director of Protect Mustangs. “This is a golden opportunity for the public to take these wild horses off the BLM’s hands.”

The public can download the sales forms here: https://www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/wildhorse_howtoadopt_doc4.pdf and get pre approved before attending the tour. If you have any questions about the form call (775) 475-2222. If you find you need help to get through the application process or if your calls and questions aren’t being answered by BLM, please email Contact@ProtectMustangs.org or call (415) 531-8454. Protect Mustangs has helped many adopters and buyers succeed with their applications.

About a 90-minute drive east of Reno, the holding corrals are located at 5676 Indian Lakes Road, Fallon, and is privately owned and operated. The public tours will begin at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and each will last about one hour and accommodate up to 20 people. Attendees should wear comfortable shoes and clothes; hats and sunscreen are recommended, and photography is welcome. To register for the tour or to get driving directions to the facility, please contact the BLM at (775) 475-2222.

Check back for updates. We will post the ID numbers of the #Fallon65 when we receive them. Some wild horses have been chosen on the recent internet adoption and others have acquired 3-Strike status. Stay tuned for the final count.

 

Protect Mustangs is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of native and wild horses. www.ProtectMustangs.org



Protect Mustangs™ will help find homes for all the 3-Strike wild horses & burros

 

Secretary Ryan Zinke
United States Department of Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240

Dear Secretary Zinke,

We are focusing on proactive solutions to ensure all America’s wild horses and burros will be safe. Right now we are working with many people, organizations and tribes who want the 3-Strikes wild horses and burros. Where have they all gone?

The Bureau of Land Management’s own Wild Horse & Burros Advisory Board’s recommendation to kill all the wild horses and burros in holding is outrageous and cruel.

The public is against killing. My #NoKILL Mustangs petition with more than 221,000 signatures is a reflection of public opinion. (http://www.thepetitionsite.com/907/592/301/demand-nokill-45000-wild-horses-burros-in-holding)

Our Change.org petition with close to 105,000 signatures to stop the roundups and slaughter (https://www.change.org/p/defund-and-stop-the-wild-horse-burro-roundups) speaks for the public as well.

Americans will not allow our national treasures to be killed. It’s time for solutions.

Kindly send me a list, without delay, of all the 3-Striker’s IDs and whereabouts so we can move forward to get the wild mustangs and burros into private care thus reducing the expense to feed and board them through the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse & Burro Program.

Thank you for your assistance.

Sincerely,
Anne Novak

Anne Novak
Executive Director
Protect Mustangs

Protect Mustangs is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of native and wild horses. www.ProtectMustangs.org



Prayers Needed for Wild Horses Today

America’s wild horses and burros are at great risk right now.

Please join us Tuesday April 25 at noon (California Time) to #pray for the safety, protection and freedom of America’s wild horses and burros.

Lobbyists are in Washington greasing palms to get what they want: slaughter, killing, pesticides for birth control and sterilization for extinction. This is not what the public wants. We love our wild horses and burros. We want them protected and forever free.

Truck in the pens (© Anne Novak, All rights reserved)

Sign and share the petition demanding a headcount and congressional investigation: https://www.change.org/p/u-s-senate-investigate-the-wild-horse-burro-count-in-captivity-and-freedom This will help stop trafficking wild horses to slaughter and extinction!

There is a lot going on behind the scenes now in Washington. This petition is making an impact. It’s time for us to let more people know about the fake inventory before more roundups, experiments, sales, etc. are allowed to destroy the last wild herds in America.

Together we can turn this around. Thank you and bless you.

With Gratitude,
Anne Novak

Founder & Executive Director
www.ProtectMustangs.org

© Anne Novak, all rights reserved.

Protect Mustangs is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of native and wild horses. www.ProtectMustangs.org



Perverted Darting with Pesticide PZP

10 things you need to know about Pesticide PZP

1. PZP — The Pesticide: PZP is an EPA-registered pesticide manufactured from the ovaries of slaughtered pigs. Some persons argue that, because PZP does not kill the mare, it is not really a “pesticide.” Actually, PZP does kill. Stillbirths are associated with the pesticide’s use, meaning that some of its supposed contraceptive effects are actually feticidal.. In addition, over the long term, PZP weakens a herd immunologically, putting it at risk for eventual or even sudden extinction.

2. PZP — The Disproved Hypothesis: PZP’s manufacturer promoted the product as generating antibodies that “block sperm attachment.” But that marketing-hype was merely an untested hypothesis postulated three decades ago. Independent researchers found that PZP has a different effect, and many adverse effects.

3. PZP — The Actual Mode-of-Action: Behaving like a perverted vaccine, PZP tricks the mare’s immune system into making antibodies that cause ovarian dystrophy, autoimmune oophoritis, ovarian cysts, and premature ovarian failure. PZP quickly sterilizes mares that have a strong immune system but has no effect on those suffering from weak immunity. Thus, PZP both works and doesn’t work but, in the long run, selects for poor immune function. Weak immunity = weak resistance to infection, which could quickly wipe out a herd. PZP also affects the foals. If a mare is pregnant or nursing when darted, PZP antibodies are transferred to her offspring via the placenta and her milk. So, inadvertently, unborn and newborn foals receive a dose or two of the pesticide when their dams are injected.

4. PZP — The Danger to Humans: PZP is a powerful endocrine-disruptor. It causes a sharp drop in estrogen levels. Unfortunately, because the manufacturer misrepresented PZP as “so safe it is boring,” volunteer-darters have become lax in following safety-precautions. Accidental self-injection could result in severe adverse effects because the dose-in-question is sized for a horse.

5. PZP — The Year-Round Birthing-Season: A longitudinal study (Ransom et al. 2013) of three herds currently under treatment with PZP found that the the birthing-season lasts virtually year-round (341 days). Out-of-season births put the life of mares and their foals in jeopardy. Nature designed foals to be born in Spring, not year-round, and certainly not in Winter.

6. PZP — Prolonged Delay in Recovery of Fertility: Ransom et al. also found that, after suspension of PZP, it takes more than a year per each year-of-treatment before mares recover their fertility. PZP’s manufacturer conceded that it could take up to 8 years to recover fertility after just 3 consecutive years of PZP treatment.

7. PZP — Scientists Say Proceed with Caution: Ransom et al. warned: “The transient nature of … PZP can manifest into extraordinary persistence of infertility with repeated vaccinations, and ultimately can alter birth phenology in horses. This persistence … suggests caution for use in small refugia ….”

8. PZP — Contraindicated for Tiny, Isolated Herds: Several years ago, BLM convened a meeting of scientists on the topic of minimum herd-size for genetic fitness. Conclusion: “Smaller, isolated populations (<200 total census size) are particularly vulnerable ….” And that’s without PZP in the mix.

9. Slow Herd-Growth: Per independent research, wild-horse herds increase at a rate of only 5% a year; and wild-burro herds, just 2%. Such slow growth does not warrant pesticide treatments administered en masse every year. Eventual sterilization is inevitable, with extinction of the herd over the long term.

10. Predators: The right way to right-size the wild-horse population is Nature’s way — predators. But those predators — mountain lions, bears, wolves, and coyotes — are persecuted mercilessly. Wildlife Services exterminates what trophy-hunters don’t shoot. Predators help the herds by favoring survival-of-the-fittest and the best genetic adaptations. Predators are the “no-cost” solution.

by Marybeth Devlin
Wild Horse Advocate

This mare waits in the alley before being led into the chute where her age and body condition will be checked. After being treated with the PZP fertility control agent, this mare will be released back to the Owyhee HMA.

Protect Mustangs is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of native and wild horses. www.ProtectMustangs.org