Ovariectomy experiments planned again for wild mares

Warm Springs Wild Horse. Photographer unknown.
Warm Springs Wild Horse. Photographer unknown.

The Cloud Foundation and other wild horse advocate groups are once again fighting to protect the Warm Springs mares from ovariectomy experiments. Yes again. Shocking and immoral.

An ovariectomy is just what the term sounds like — the surgical removal of ovaries.

Despite having been stopped time and time again through the legal actions of wild horse advocates, the BLM have again revived their abhorrent plan to carry out cruel experimentation on mares rounded up from the Warm Springs Herd Management Area (HMA).

Read the BLM Paper — Spay Feasibility and On-Range Outcomes (pdf) »

One difference under this revised plan is that veterinarians would not operate on pregnant mares. Oh, well — what a concession. The inhumane lack of consideration for these horses by the BLM is as unconscionable and it is predictable.

The public comment deadline expired June 12th. However, we must keep raising awareness and protesting this dangerous and despicable plan.

Social Media Shout Out

Everyone reading this is active somewhere on social media. Let’s make a fuss that can’t be ignored.

Please take to social media but especially on Twitter (tweet and RT) to continue raising awareness. These mares need us to take action and continue to take action.

Share your ideas here in comments, such as sample tweets. Also, please share your suggestions on how to use Instagram effectively.


Most of us have used #BLM for many years. Black Lives Matter are using it for their social media outreach which is ever increasing.

The BLM’s  wild horse and burro “program” has its own hashtag — #BLMWHB. That is probably our best bet, but want to hear from you. Share your hashtag ideas in comments too. Let’s be creative. We want to reach as many people as possible.

The Department of Interior is on Twitter @Interior. Use #DOI.

Cloud Report

For further information, please see The Cloud Foundation’s “BLM Resurrects Cruel Plan to Sterilize Wild Mares” »

Thank you Tuesday’s Horse-ers!

BLM Nevada Holding Hearing on Vehicle Use in Wild Horse Mgmt

Wild horse helicopter roundup. National Geographic.
Wild horse helicopter roundup. National Geographic.

The BLM is seeking public input on the use of motorized vehicles and aircraft in wild horse management and monitoring on public lands in Nevada.


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will conduct a public hearing to discuss the use of motorized vehicles and aircraft in wild horse and burro monitoring and management on public lands in Nevada.

The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, June 25, from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Suncoast Hotel and Casino, Madrid Room, 9090 Alta Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89145.

The purpose of the hearing, required by the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, is to solicit public comment on the use of helicopters and fixed wing aircraft to estimate wild horse or burro population size and the use of helicopters to gather and remove excess animals. The hearing will also consider the use of motorized vehicles to transport gathered wild horses or burros as well as to conduct field monitoring activities.

An additional proposal calls for the use of a helicopter to assist in gathering excess wild horses and burros in herd management areas and complexes throughout the state in 2020. The actual number of areas where gathers or population surveys will be conducted will depend on a number of factors, including funding. The hearing will also consider the use of motorized vehicles to transport gathered wild horses or burros as well as to conduct field monitoring activities.

If you cannot attend the hearing, you can mail written comments to:

BLM Southern Nevada District Office
Attention: Tabby Romero
4701 N. Torrey Pines Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89130.

Written comments must be received by close of business on June 25 to be considered.

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National Geographic image. Not filed with original Press Release.

BLM Releasing Wild Horses in Idaho’s Hardtrigger HMA

Captured wild horses Boise, Idaho. Bureau of Land Management Image.

This release marks one of the final groups of BLM wild horses to return to their home ranges following emergency gathers due to wildfire in 2015.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will disperse 45 wild horses (24 stallions and 21 mares) in three different locations within the Hardtrigger Herd Management Area (HMA), located south of Marsing, Idaho, at the end of May.

The BLM Owyhee Field Office is inviting members of the public interested in watching one of the releases to meet at the I-O-N Truck Plaza (5644 Buntrock Rd., in Marsing) at 10 a.m. on May 29 to caravan to the release location.

This release marks one of the final groups of wild horses to return to their home ranges in the Owyhee Mountains following emergency gathers due to wildfire. The entire Hardtrigger HMA was burned by the 279,144-acre Soda Fire in 2015. The BLM gathered 279 wild horses from all three HMAs (Black Mountain, Hardtrigger, and Sands Basin) in the Owyhees directly following the fire, placing more than 80 into private care through adoption.

As the 69,910-acre Hardtrigger HMA is the largest of the three, the wild horses will be released in multiple locations to disperse the horses throughout the HMA. The horses destined to return to the range were cared for at both the Boise Wild Horse Corrals and Bruneau Off-Range Corrals, both in Idaho, while the rangeland recovered from the burn.

“We were glad to offer people the opportunity to watch the release of wild horses to the Sands Basin HMA last year,” said Lara Douglas, BLM Boise district manager. “We recognize how important it is to maintain viable wild horse herds on healthy public rangelands and are pleased to see these wild horses return to Hardtrigger.”

Visitors will need to provide their own transportation. As the roads to the viewing area are narrow, rough, and dusty, the BLM recommends high-clearance, 4-wheel-drive vehicles with a spare tire. Additionally, the BLM said it would be helpful if visitors carpool to limit the number of vehicles at the release location. The BLM encourages those interested in attending the release to RSVP to Ruby Kyle at 208/473-9868 by May 28.

For more information about the release, contact Heather Tiel-Nelson at 208/736-2352.

Source: News Release

Groups stand against HSUS, ASPCA suggested massive removal of wild horses

Wild horses of Utah. Unattributed image.

Wild horses of Utah. Unattributed image. Not filed with Press Release.

Press Release

Animal Wellness Action, The Cloud Foundation, and American Wild Horse Campaign Joined by 60 Stakeholders in Opposing Cruel, Costly Massive Wild Horse and Burro Round-Up Plan

The plan, still short on details, would cost taxpayers a billion dollars and depopulate many parts of the West of these iconic animals

May 13, 2019 14:56 ET | Source: Animal Wellness Action

(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, a broad coalition of stakeholders, organizations, and businesses sent a letter to the U.S. Congress in strong opposition to a dangerous and unworkable proposal that threatens our iconic American wild horses.

The bizarre proposal, a brainchild of The HSUS and ASPCA, working in concert with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and American Farm Bureau Federation, calls for the removal of at least 45,000 to 60,000 and potentially as many as 200,000 wild horses and burros from our federal lands over the next ten years, putting the horses at significant risk of slaughter and placing a burden on taxpayers for an outcome that is widely appalled by the public.

Nearly 50 signors, including wild horse advocacy organizations, horse rescues, animal protection organizations, and horse-related businesses across the nation have banded together to defeat this egregious measure, urging legislators to reject the dangerous proposal.

“This is terrible deal for wild horses. The unfunded ‘plan’ will put tens of thousands more wild horses in government holding, with their fate left to the whims of future appropriators,” said Suzanne Roy, executive director at the American Wild Horse Campaign. “Make no mistake: this could result in the eventual slaughter of tens of thousands of wild horses. The cattlemen’s lobby is the only winner, achieving the near extinction-level population of wild horses they have long sought.”

“This ill-considered plan would remove tens of thousands of our iconic American wild horses from the range at a billion-dollar price-tag to the taxpayer over a decade,” said Marty Irby, executive director at Animal Wellness Action. “The biggest beneficiary of this plan would not be horses, but the livestock industry, which will see the federal government remove wild horses so that more cattle can graze on our public lands.”

“In its current form, this plan would be disastrous for our wild herds,” said Ginger Kathrens, founder and executive director of The Cloud Foundation. “It provides for no meaningful accountability on the part of BLM to implement humane and reversible fertility control measures. This plan gives BLM the mandate it has always wanted to round up more than 50,000 of our wild horses, doubling the number in off-range holding at enormous cost to the American taxpayer. We fear that unless funds are allocated to support those horses in holding for the rest of their natural lives, we will eventually see them sold killed in slaughterhouses. Meanwhile, our wild herds will be even more decimated, suffering deterioration in health due to poor genetic variability. Bottom line, wild horses and burros will eventually disappear from the West altogether. We suspect this is exactly what some of the stakeholders presenting this plan want.”

“This proposal is both inhumane and socially insensitive, and it falsely implies that there are not other viable solutions,” said Willis Lammis, president, Least Resistance Training Concepts, based in Nevada. The BLM should instead focus on humane management options, such as fertility control, and work to achieve measurable results, not continue conducting calamitous roundups.”

Rounding up horses and burros is a highly stressful and dangerous experience for these animals. Injuries and deaths are not uncommon, and many horses will be separated from their families.

The plan places wild horses and burros at significant risk of slaughter. The proposal significantly increases the number of captive horses at federally run and financed facilities and will create a future fiscal crisis. If history repeats itself, this increase will provoke pro-slaughter lawmakers to call for mass slaughter and euthanasia as a matter of fiscal responsibility.

As a humane and responsible alternative, stakeholders are instead calling for a step up in BLM-conducted fertility control programs, which allows horses to be managed humanely on the range. Proposed by U.S. Reps. Dina Titus (D-NV) and Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), fertility control will eliminate the need for mass roundups and removals and spare taxpayers the need to finance long-term care, feeding, and leasing of land.


Marty Irby
Animal Wellness Action

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Our View

Has it really come to this? Where America’s wild horses and burros have no trustworthy friends even among their “advocates” — so called? This is yet another shocking and dangerous chapter in the history of America’s wild horses and burros.

If we have to choose between the two, fertility control is about the only reasonable suggestion. However, take it away from the oversight of the Bureau of Land Management. All the BLM want to see all is all the wild horses removed or better yet, dead. That has been its goal for decades.

The right thing to do is remove the cattle and all other interlopers and allow the horses to stay in their native habitat. Mother Nature is quite capable of managing their numbers.

There are huge amounts of acreage available inhospitable to cattle. But wild horses and burros could survive there. That’s what an old BLM man told us many years ago. And we found out he was right on the money.