Horse contraceptive study raises concerns

October 29, 2010
By Laurie Dixon
Research indicates the long-term horse contraceptive, porcine zona pellucida (PZP), extends the breeding season in wild horses, raising concerns over the social consequences of the drug on herds.

PZP, which is derived from pig eggs, is increasingly being used in wild horse herds . . .

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Dangerous bill puts America’s wild horses at risk of slaughter

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Dear Friends of Wild horses and burros,

It’s bad when the BLM holds captive mustangs with no shade or shelter but if we all don’t rally quickly to stop a misleading bill in Congress, we could witness America’s cherished wild horses being sold to slaughter by the thousands instead of being held captive in holding pens or living in freedom as the law intended–safe from harassment and slaughter.

You probably have witnessed what happens when the states “manage” wild horses. . . In the case of the 41 wild horses from Dry Creek, Wyoming, 37 were sold to the Canadian slaughterhouse. We are so grateful to have rescued 14 youngsters (8mo-2 yrs) who were all going to be butchered for human consumption abroad.

Below is an Associated Press article that is going viral this weekend while the National Association of Counties is meeting in New Orleans. The Utah Commissioners are trying to get a joint resolution backed which would put American wild horses at-risk of being killed and slaughtered to “dispose of them.” Of course the politicians don’t pitch it this way. No . . . they cover that part up and make their resolution and their legislation look like it has animal welfare in mind. You can see the bill below.

Let’s hope this article shines the light on their sinister plans. It’s time to fight for the protection of wild horses.

Bill seeks to allow states to manage wild horses
By Martin Griffith, Associated Press

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Utah congressman has introduced legislation to allow Western states and American Indian tribes to take over management of wild horses and burros from the federal government.

Rep. Chris Stewart said the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has mismanaged the animals on public rangelands and states should have the option of managing them.

An overpopulation of horses is pushing cattle off the range, the Republican lawmaker said, and leading to the destruction of important habitat for native species.

“States and tribes already successfully manage large quantities of wildlife within their borders,” Stewart said in a statement. “If horses and burros were under that same jurisdiction, I’m confident that new ideas and opportunities would be developed to manage the herds more successfully than the federal government.”

But Anne Novak, executive director of California-based Protect Mustangs, said her group opposes the legislation because it would lead to states and tribes killing the animals or selling them off for slaughter for human consumption.

The government is rounding up too many mustangs while allowing livestock to feed at taxpayer expense on the same rangeland scientists say is being overgrazed, she said.

“We’ve had firsthand experience with states and tribes managing wild horses, and it’s horribly cruel,” Novak said in a statement. “They ruthlessly remove wild horses and sell them to kill-buyers at auction. Severe animal abuse would be the result of the (legislation).”

The Bureau of Land Management says it’s doing all it can, given budget constraints, overflowing holding pens and a distaste for the politically unpopular options of either ending the costly roundups or slaughtering excess horses.

The bill’s introduction comes at a time when the bureau has been under increasing pressure from ranchers to remove horses that they say threaten livestock and wildlife on rangelands already damaged by drought.

In Utah, Iron County commissioners had threatened to gather up hundreds of mustangs themselves, saying the government refuses to remove enough horses in herds that double in size every five years.

Iron County Commissioner Dave Miller said he and commissioners from Utah’s Beaver and Garfield counties are trying to drum up support for a resolution in support of the legislation at the National Association of Counties annual conference in New Orleans, which ends Monday.

“The resolution will be instrumental in getting Chris Stewart’s bill through Congress because it shows support across the nation,” he told The Spectrum of St. George, Utah.

Stewart said his Wild Horse Oversight Act would extend all protections that horses and burros enjoy under the federal Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 while giving states the opportunity of implementing their own management plans.

Under the bill, the states could form cooperative agreements to manage herds that cross over borders, and the federal government would continue to monitor horses and burros to ensure that population numbers as prescribed by the 1971 act are maintained.

The bureau estimates 40,600 of the animals — the vast majority horses — roam free on bureau-managed rangelands in 10 Western states. The population exceeds by nearly 14,000 the number the agency has determined can exist in balance with other public rangeland resources and uses.

Some 49,000 horses and burros removed from the range are being held in government-funded short- and long-term facilities.

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Cross-posted from the San Francisco Chronicle for educational purposes:

Please share this news with your friends and help with a donation to feed and care for the WY14 and the other wild horses in our Outreach Program here:

Hear a commissioner spin his pitch while interviewed on a friendly radio station in Utah:

Take action and contact your county commissioners and all your elected officials to request they do not support rogue commissioners in Utah and ask that they do not support the individual states managing wild horses because it would put them at risk of slaughter.

Now is the time to stand up and fight for the voiceless!  Together we can turn this around.

Many blessings,

Anne Novak
Executive Director

PM WH&B Oversight Act Web


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Slaughter lobbyists want to kill America’s wild horses

This pro-slaughter propaganda promo video for the upcoming documentary is being shown to your elected officials as an act of subterfuge to kill America’s wild horses.


The video is full of inaccuracies. Tell us what they are.

If anyone finds their copyrighted material has been used without their permission we suggest you contact a lawyer immediately to protect your copyright and take severe action against those involved.

Take back the power. Organize.  Donate to our film project because it tells the truth.


We need an EPIC funding miracle for the WY14, the only wild horses ever rescued from a slaughterhouse after a BLM roundup

© Protect Mustangs, all rights reserved

© Protect Mustangs, all rights reserved

Urgent: Our funding fell through

Please help the 14 orphaned wild horses in the next phase of this rescue. We need help to pay interstate transportation, get corral panels, hay, medical expenses, etc. We are a group of volunteers who will be donating our time to gentle these wild horses and prepare them for adoption so they can live happy lives. Your donation is urgent now. Please donate here.

We also need land in the San Francisco Bay Area to house them and a used truck and gooseneck stock trailer. Need a tax deduction? We have a 501c3 that is our umbrella while ours is pending.

We are a California nonprofit organization. We protect mustangs.

Read for more information: and and

Wisdom mare needs partner

Sage #0399 PVC Headshot March 25 2014


Sage #0399 and Friends PVC March 25 2014


Sage #0399 PVC March 25 2014 C


Help find Sage (#0399) the 2-year-old, a loving home. She is the essence of the wild and wonderful Diamond range in Nevada. Sage holds a lot of native wisdom. We feel she would be a wisdom/lead mare in the wild similar to Blondie. She is a rare keeper of their secret knowledge who needs the right home and partner.

She’s very friendly and longs to be with someone who will love and respect her. Sage will be easy to gentle through partnership and respect because she is so friendly, curious and has been in captivity for about a year.

If you can take Sage and a friend then she would be so happy. We have found that gentling 2 at a time keeps them stress free because they have a buddy for comfort and it’s fun.

This horses should not be confined to a barn for all her life. She will need a pasture with other horses to be truly happy.

Sage is located at the Palomino Valley Center near Reno Nevada. Their number is 775-475-2222.

You will provide transportation for Sage to get to you. One way to save transportation costs is to buddy up with other people who are adopting–get your friends to adopt some and share the hauling cost.

You only need to provide tall fencing while she is being halter-gentled. Once she is gentled you can put her with your other horses. If you send her to a trainer to be gentled then the trainer needs to have the tall fencing not you because once you get her from the trainer she will be able to go with your other horses. Keep this in mind when you fill out the BLM paperwork.

Training wild horses takes time, patience and love but it’s not rocket science. It is an amazing bonding experience of a lifetime.

If you encounter BLM’s discouragement to adopt her please contact us. In the past the customer service at PVC has been bad. Let’s hope it’s getting better.

We will mark her adopted only when the adoption has been approved by BLM Until then it’s important to keep sharing until Sage finds her partner.

Remember Sharing is Caring. Thank you for helping Sage!

URGENT! Help save 3-year-old McCullough the WY #mustang ! RT Plz


UPDATE March 14 at 12 noon: Steve Mantle has confirmed McCullough has a bidder!!! YEA! So grateful that now he will be safe YOU ALL MADE THIS HAPPEN! Thank you for caring and sharing♥

Original post on March 11th:

Please share to find an adopter for McCullough # 0336! He is now a 3-STRIKES Wyoming wild horse and just turned 3-years-old. He is at-risk of going to slaughter!

You might remember McCullough because we shared him on December 5th, after the previous internet adoption but he didn’t find an adopter that would take him home and now he’s at-risk!

Transport & pick up info: Because he’s on the internet adoption he can be picked up at Mantle Ranch, WY; Elm Creek, NE; Pauls Valley, OK; Piney Woods, MS; Mequon, WI. or Archdale, NC (Apr 18) and Springfield, OH (Apr 25).

McCullough wants to be loved! Save him♥

Now his life is in danger because of the 3-Strikes provision. BLM Policy claims they won’t sell to slaughter but the LAW (2004 Burns Amendment) gives them the legal right to “unlimited sales, euthanasia, etc.” Policy-speak out of BLM’s forked tongues is just that. Read about 3-Strikes wild horses who loose all their protections and can be legally sold by the truckload to middlemen who sell our national icons to probable slaughter in Canada or Mexico:

ADOPTION Info to bid on McCullough:

Please share to find someone who will save McCullough. He will gentle up with love and patience. He’s a sweetie who wants to LOVE you back

Info on McCullough:

Sex: Gelding Age: 3 Years Height (in hands): 14.0

Necktag #: 0336 Date Captured: 01/23/13

Color: Bay Captured: McCullough Peaks (WY)

Notes: McCullough now is a 3-Strikes wild horse!
#0336 – He just turned 3 yrs old. This nice bay gelding, captured Jan 2013 in the McCullough Peaks Herd Area, WY.

Mantle Ranch staff says, “He is very easy going in the corrals, and gets along with the other geldings very well. He is untouched as far as training.”

Here is his page on the BLM internet adoption happening now:

This horse is located at the Mantle Ranch in Wyoming right now. The Mantle family contracts with BLM to board and gentle a lot of wild horses. McCullough belongs to BLM until he is safely adopted. The BLM could sell him off if he is not adopted because he is a 3-Strikes wild horse.

For more information about McCullough, email Steve Mantle at: or call 307-322-5799 evenings. You can also call Anne Novak at 415-531-8454 or Debbie Collins 405-790-1056 at BLM or email her

Together we can help save McCullough!

Remember Sharing is caring

Contact us if you run into any BLM red tape:

Link to share on Facebook to save McCullough:

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BLM announces 12 million in budget for helicopter roundups. Share the petition to stop cruel roundups!


Protect (Photo © Cat Kindsfather)

Protect (Photo © Cat Kindsfather)


Watch what a roundup looks like:

Please sign and share the petition to defund the roundups:

It reads:

According to a press release from National Academy of Sciences released June 5, 2013, “The U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) current practice of removing free-ranging horses from public lands promotes a high population growth rate, and maintaining them in long-term holding facilities is both economically unsustainable and incongruent with public expectations, says a new report by the National Research Council.” 

The NAS report states there is “no evidence” of overpopulation. Only tobacco science and spin backs up BLM’s population claim to justify roundups and fertility control/sterilizations.

We request an immediate moratorium on roundups for scientific population studies.

Wild horses are a returned-native species to America. Rounding up federally protected wild horses and burros has been documented as cruel. Warehousing them for decades is fiscally irresponsible. Clearing mustangs and burros off public land–for industrialization, fracking, grazing and the water grab–goes against the 1971 Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act put in place to protect the living legends of the American West. They must never go to slaughter.

We request you defund and stop the roundups immediatly.

There is no accurate census and the BLM figures do not add up. We request population studies for each herd management area (HMA) and each herd area (HA) because we are gravely concerned there are less than 18,000 wild horses and burros in the 10 western states combined. More roundups or fertility control/sterilizations will wipe them out because the majority are no longer genticaly viable herds.

Wild horses are not overpopulating despite spin from the forces that want to perform heinous sterilizations in the field. Humane fertility control could be looked at as an option only after scientific population studies have been conducted for each HMA and each HA. Right now it’s premature.

Field observers have noticed a worrisome decline in wild horse and burro population since the BLM’s rampant roundups from 2009 to this day.

Kindly allow returned-native wild horses and the burros to reverse desertification, reduce the fuel for wildfires and create biodiversity on public land–while living with their families in freedom.

Urgent call to save young wild horse from probable slaughter!


Posted on Jan 27, 2014 @ 8:38 PST

Great News! BLM’s Debbie Collins has told us Cinnamon has been adopted this morning! We are so grateful for everyone’s help sharing her info so she can be saved from getting a 3rd Strike! Congratulations to her adopter.

Posted on Jan 26, 2014 @ 13:57

We followed up on Cinnamon to make sure she had been adopted only to learn the little filly now has 2 STRIKES and is in Oklahoma!

Share widely to find an adopter so she doesn’t get a 3rd STRIKE, be sold to a kill buyer and get shipped to probable slaughter in Canada or Mexico.

If she’s not adopted ASAP then Cinnamon will get her 3rd strike, when passed over again. 3-Strike wild horses loose all their protections and are often SOLD by the truckload for $10 a head. The buyer signs a paper saying they won’t sell them to slaughter. This middleman or kill buyer sells them into the slaughter pipeline. Then the horses are BUTCHERED in Canada or Mexico while the BLM claims they don’t sell wild horses to slaughter.

Currently the Nevada Farm Bureau is suing BLM to DESTROY (kill) all the alleged “unadoptables” like Cinnamon so they can roundup more.

Here is the BLM info on Cinnamon from November 2013:

Sex: Filly     Age: 1 Years   Height (in hands): 13

Necktag #: 12618764   Date Captured: 08/01/12

Color: Sorrel   Captured: Desatoya (NV)

#8764 – yearling Sorral Filly, Star, rounded up August 18, 2012 from NV0606 Desatoya Herd Area, Nevada.

BLM says, “This horse has always been very friendly. She was always the first one to come to the fence to greet the public. Tag# 8764 has been in a pen by herself for two weeks. When we took the pictures on 9/18 she was introduced to her halter, she lipped it for a few minutes and then let us put it on her without any hesitation. She lets us brush her and run our hands down her legs. 8764 has not offered to kick or bite. 8764 is very willing to learn new things. 8764 has not been worked with a lot, she is just a very loving lil filly.”

Contact Debbie Collins to adopt Cinnamon:

Debbie Collins
BLM National Wild Horse & Burro Program
Marketing and National Information Center


Cinnamon appears to be halter gentled so her stabling requirements might be different. Normally once a horse is halter-gentled they can live with other horses in pens or barn with normal fencing and don’t need extremely high fencing. Please email Debbie Collins about this. Keeping everything written down prevents confusion and misunderstandings.

Here is the adoption form:

Please contact us if you are having difficulty with the BLM and if they are not helping solve potential problems. We will do our best to help create a positive outcome. Our email is

Thank you for helping Cinnamon!

Gary King Calls on the Governor to Have State Do the Right Thing on Horse Slaughter



January 8, 2014

(Albuquerque, NM) – Candidate for Governor Gary King today called on Governor Martinez to take immediate steps to block the proposed horse slaughterhouse in Roswell by directing her Secretary of the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) to take into serious consideration the opinion of the state environmental hearing officer who yesterday recommended that the operational permits to the Valley Meat company be denied.

“By waiting to block the permits, Governor Martinez has not only endangered these majestic horses, she is wasting thousands of taxpayer dollars. She could end this highly controversial project now by instructing her cabinet Secretary in charge of granting or denying a permit to the Valley Meat company to consider the strong evidence against this project,” said King.

“Horse slaughter is wrong. Human consumption of horse meat that may contain drugs could be dangerous. Discharging thousands of gallons of waste every day from an industrial horse slaughter operation would harm the environment,” said King. “Governor Martinez could have taken action long ago to address this controversy. This isn’t about politics – it’s about the humane treatment of horses and good stewardship. The only question is whether she will finally make the right decision. ”

“I am grateful to the many thousands of people from within New Mexico and around the country who have signed my petition, asking Gov. Martinez to stop the horse slaughterhouse. While the state court will hopefully make the right decision, this has gone on too long,” King added.