Letter: Contraceptive method better than copter roundups for wild horses

By Tamara Gerdts, AWHPC

May 11, 2016

Nevada doesn’t have a wild horse overpopulation problem, it has a management problem -- the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) failure to utilize the PZP contraceptive vaccine as a cost-efficient and effective alternative to the unsustainable and inhumane federal wild horse and burro roundup program.

PZP has been used for over 25 years in various wildlife species including wild horses. It's safe, reversible and has minimal impacts on behavior because it does not disrupt the animal's hormonal systems. PZP is the best available alternative for humane management of wildlife species like wild horses, who are forced to live under unnatural conditions in which the populations do not self regulate.

Which would you rather have, the safe and effective PZP vaccine? Or the brutal helicopter roundups that traumatize and terrorize wild horses and rob them of the two things that are most important to them - freedom and family? That's the choice we face right now.

Originally posted Reno Gazette-Journal