Interior Secretary Calls For Prize To Make Better Wild Horse Birth Control

wild horses receive birth control

The fact that there are over 8 million cattle on the same lands as 40,000 horses seems to be lost on the BLM. Perhaps the over population on public lands is with cattle not horses. ~ HfH

From: Oregon Public Broadcasting
By: Vince Patton

wild horses receive birth control

A wild horse receives a birth control shot during a roundup, then is released back to the range.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell calls the nation’s wild horse crisis an “intractable problem.” During an appearance in Portland, she suggested that the government needs to offer a big prize to get drug companies to make better birth control for wild horses.

Jewell supervises the Bureau of Land Management. The agency spends tax dollars removing wild horses from the range when the BLM decides there are too many in one area.

Last week the agency awarded two new contracts to spend $12 million on more helicopter roundups of wild horses in the west.
At a news conference in Portland she was asked about the issue. Jewell replied, “We’d love to have an effective birth control method, we’re thinking of sort of an ‘X-Prize’ type of thing to inspire the pharmaceutical industry to come up with an effective birth control method for horses.”

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The BLM has given birth control shots to a limited number of mares to prevent the birth of more foals, but the drugs wear off. The birth control would have to be administered repeatedly to make a measurable difference in the horse populations.

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AUTHOR: Posted by Habitat for Horses Calaway
5 Comments
  • Marge Mullen

    Well HSUS will not be happy with this suggestion, unless of course they come up with a newer drug!!

    February 7, 2014
  • Maggie Frazier

    I’m thinking we need birth control for the cattle rather than the wild horses. Can Ms. Jewell ignore the problem any more than she already does? Certainly seems brainwashed.

    February 7, 2014
  • Sue

    Do wild horses REALLY need birth control?

    February 7, 2014
  • Margo Nielsen

    Before anything is done, an accurate count of the horses in the wild should be taken.
    This might be a good use of drone technology, as the horses are all spread out.
    Cattle can be counted at the same time to verify their numbers as well.

    February 7, 2014
  • Get the freakin cattle off public land….someone is making money off the cattle let them pay for the grazing….enough is enough..horses and burros that is what that land is for..and let the pharmaceutical companies test there product on the BLM….Cattle people talk horses people walk….. now you know who has the money….8m cattle to 40,000 horses….

    February 8, 2014