Virginia Range Darting Program a Model for Herd Management?

Contrary to what you’ll read in this column, Velma Johnston would be shocked at the betrayal of wild horses by the advocates, a topic that fits perfectly with today’s episode of Foal-Free Friday.

To wit:

“Under state law, Virginia Range wild horses removed from their habitat can be sold at livestock auctions, which are frequented by ‘kill buyers’ who will ship them to Canada and Mexico for slaughter, something that three out of four Nevadans oppose.”

“A robust fertility control program is humanely slowing birth rates while keeping wild horses on the range.  It utilizes the PZP immunocontraceptive vaccine, which is more than 90% effective in preventing pregnancy.  The effort has become the world’s largest program of its kind in the world and it’s delivering dramatic results.  Births have decreased by over 60 percent and, when combined with a foal mortality rate of over 50 percent primarily due to natural predation, the program is close to achieving population reduction in just over three years.”

They’re protecting wild horses from removal by getting rid of them with PZP.

Here’s what you need to know about the Campaign Against America’s Wild Horses and its army of nitwits:

1. They care far more about their standing with the bureaucrats and ranchers than they do about the horses.

2. They’re trying to convince said bureaucrats and ranchers that the Montana Solution is a viable alternative to helicopter roundups.  The Virginia Range darting program is only a pilot project, a stepping stone.

3. They want to be a leader in the wild horse removal industry.

Pay attention to what they do, not what they say.

RELATED: Virginia Range Darting Program Working as Planned?

Frauds of the Wild Horse World 07-08-22

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