PETITION TARGET: U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
Wild mares are in grave danger. U.S. Government officials plan to shove a foot-long metal rod into their vulvas before severing their ovaries with a chain, all while the helpless horses stand awake conscious.
This brutal practice is called ovariectomy via colpotomy, and the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will use it to surgically sterilize hundreds of wild mares in Utah’s Confusion Herd Management Area.
In one study about this unsafe surgery’s effects on wild mares, two horses died. One bled to death, while another grew ill and aborted her unborn foal. Yet another mare required multiple blood transfusions to survive.
This dangerous surgery may also induce hemorrhaging and evisceration — an extremely painful condition in which the horse’s intestines protrude through the incision — according to the United States Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management.
Safer sterilization alternatives exist. The noninvasive Porcine Zona Pellucida (PZP) vaccine preserves natural horse behaviors while controlling their population, according to wild horse advocacy nonprofit, The Cloud Foundation.
The BLM will begin gathering their wild horses soon. We must act now before the surgical sterilizations start. Innocent horses’ lives depend on us.
Sign this petition urging U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to halt the brutal plan to surgically sterilize wild mares in Utah.