These same animal rights activists that are opposing animal population control have no problem with using abortion as birth control. While the lives of wild horses apparently matter significantly, the lives of babies before birth don’t matter at all:
A coalition of animal rights groups is suing the federal government after wildlife officials proposed removing the ovaries of about 100 wild mares in a trial program to manage overpopulated herds.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is responsible for managing 82,000 wild horses and burros living on about 27 million acres of federal land. The land area can support just 27,000 horses and burros sustainably, E&E News reports.
Agency officials were set to begin a pilot program in Oregon this fall. Veterinarians would remove 104 mares’ ovaries, and the BLM would test the feasibility of using the treatment manage overpopulated herds.
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The Cloud Foundation, American Wild Horse Campaign and Animal Welfare Institute sued the Department of the Interior over the plan because it did not study the “social acceptability” of the surgery and has “seriously limiting public access to observe and document,” the lawsuit states.