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Saving horses in the West and its connection to elephants in Africa

By Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News

January 2, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY — A successful, intense program in Nevada involving wild horses could help refine the science of fertility control in additional wild horse populations as well other species like elephants in Africa.

Feds’ Utah horse sterilizations draw two lawsuits alleging inhumane treatment

By Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune

December 12, 2020

Two separate lawsuits were filed Thursday over a wild horse roundup in Utah, alleging the Bureau of Land Management’s plan to surgically sterilize some of the mares is inhumane, unnecessary and a violation of federal law.

Spaying wild horses: Why some animal advocates decry a Utah plan

By Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News

December 12, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — A federal effort to permanently remove 480 wild horses from western Utah also includes a plan to surgically sterilize more than a dozen mares that will be returned to the range.

The procedure, which has never been performed before on wild horses under the purview of the Bureau of Land Management, was done on mares occupying a national wildlife refuge in Nevada with success, federal officials say.

Grace Kuhn: Brutal federal plan for Utah’s wild horses must be stopped

By Grace Kuhn, Special to The Salt Lake Tribune

December 11, 2020

Utahns need to know what’s happening to their horses. It’s not pretty.

We don't have to round up or slaughter wild horses to manage them. Arizona is proof

By Simone Netherlands, AZ Central

December 3, 2020

Arizona’s wild horses and burros are part of what makes the state unique in the American West. Our state’s love for wild horses was evident five years ago when citizens and political leaders, led by Gov. Doug Ducey, rose up in opposition to the federal government’s plan to round up the beloved Salt River wild horses from their home in the Tonto National Forest.

Neguse, colleagues pen letter to Pelosi: Wild horse roundups ‘harmful to health of animals,’ keep PZP in 2021 funding

By John LaConte, Vail Daily

November 30, 2020

A Nov. 25 letter from 22 members of Congress, including House Representative Joe Neguse, urges House leadership to consider a more “humane and sustainable” practice of fertility control for wild horses in Colorado and across the West.

Disney+ Version of Black Beauty Shines a Light on the Plight of America’s Wild Horses

By Audrey Pavia, Horse Illustrated

November 27, 2020

When Anna Sewell wrote the novel Black Beauty in 1877, her goal was to call attention to the desperate plight of London carriage horses. Nearly 150 years later, Black Beauty is still an inspiration to those who care about horses—like Ashley Avis, the writer and director of the new Disney+ film, Black Beauty.

Nevada senators join push to fund wild horse contraception

By Nevada Appeal

November 27, 2020

Nevada’s U.S. Sens. Jacky Rosen and Catherine Cortez Masto have joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers urging the inclusion of funding to provide contraception to control the growth of wild horse herds.

Nearly half the nation’s wild horses are in Nevada.

The lawmakers led by Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., argued the BLM’s use of mass roundups to remove horses is a failed system that has resulted in some 48,000 of the animals being held in short or long term corrals across the nation.