The American Association of Equine Practitioners has released a draft position paper endorsing both sterilization and unrestricted sale (slaughter) of America's wild horses and burros! For veterinarians who have taken their oath for "the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering..." this is unconscionable. We must act now to let this organization know it must immediately redraft its position paper to remove these savage plans for wild horses.
This particular spay procedure is torturous and often life-threatening. Ovariectomy via colpotomy is widely considered to be dangerous for domestic mares, and exponentially so for wild horses. Donald Moore, DVM, of Fruita, Colorado says that, "In private practice, colpotomy is considered an inferior procedure with likelihood of post-surgical infections and complications." He goes on to state that the post-operative care necessary, "cannot be accomplished with wild mares." The mortality and complication rate in previous "experiments" on wild horses and burros is high, all with the coinciding suffering of the animals involved.
Please consider watching this disturbing and graphic footage of the barbaric sterilization technique for our wild equines and judge for yourself whether it is humane. This mare died after the procedure when her intestines came out.
1. Call the AAEP office at (800) 443-0177 and ask the person who answers your call to relay your message to the Association's executive staff and its Board of Directors.
You may wish to say:
I would like the message relayed that I would like the endorsements for permanent sterilization and unrestricted sale removed from your recent paper entitled Position on the Management of Wild Horses and Burros in the Western United States. You must remove these two endorsements if you are to uphold your Veterinarian Oath to protect animal welfare and prevent animal suffering.
2. Please follow-up up with our letter (alter with your personal touch if you have the time) to the AAEP.
Retract Endorsement of Wild Horse Sterilization
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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