WASHINGTON, D.C. Oct. 25, 2012 - Late yesterday, the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, a national coalition, fired off a letter to the White House and top officials of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) Wild Horse and Burro Program urging immediate cancellation of a dangerous experiment the agency plans for herds of horses living in Wyoming's North Lander Complex.
In a strongly worded letter, AWHPC attorney Katherine Meyer, of the noted public interest law firm Meyer, Glitzenstein and Crystal, took issue with the BLM's plan to administer a controversial experimental fertility-control vaccine, known as SpayVac, to 60 wild mares (female horses) during a roundup scheduled to begin next month.
"The BLM is proceeding with a dangerous experiment on wild Wyoming mares, subjecting them to an unproven fertility drug with possible deleterious side effects and potential irreversibility," said Patricia M. Fazio, Ph.D. of Cody Wyoming, who conducted an expert assessment of the existing research on SpayVac for AWHPC.
AWHPC is urging BLM to scrap the proposed study in favor of using the PZP fertility control vaccine, which has proven safe and effective over decades of research and use in the field.
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