Despite strong public opposition to the surgical sterilization of federally protected wild mares and burro jennies — and despite Congress specifically calling for the use of safe, proven
Please join us in calling on lawmakers to oppose surgeries that are dangerous, unproven, costly
We are particularly concerned about BLM’s pursuit of surgical methods like ovariectomy via colpotomy, the surgical removal of both ovaries through an incision in the vaginal canal. It comes with potential complications including hemorrhage, shock, post-operative colic, peritonitis, intra-abdominal adhesions, accidental trauma to the intestine or other soft tissues, abscessation or hematoma formation at the surgery site, and seroma formation at or dehiscence of incisional closures
The procedure has been noted to be generally painful with a high frequency of perioperative complications – some of which can be life-threatening. Furthermore, care requirements typically followed to lower such complication rates, such as tying the mare for several days post-procedure to prevent eventration through the incision, will not be feasible in free-ranging, wild mares. As such, fatality rates may be higher than what has been observed in domestic mares.
Ovariectomy via colpotomy can result in serious complications specific to pregnant mares. Effects of ovary removal on
RTF has filed suit against BLM in federal court to stop it from surgically sterilizing 17 mares captured in Utah. The case is ongoing.
Instead of pouring resources into the research of an inhumane, high-risk, inviable, and unsupported procedure, the BLM should focus on the increased implementation of currently available, safe
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