Animal advocates are taking legal action to stop the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from performing cruel and dangerous sterilization surgeries on wild mares in Oregon.
Despite public outcry and opposition from veterinarians, the BLM intends to perform controversial and inhumane sterilization surgeries that would remove the ovaries of 100 wild mares, including pregnant mares, from the Warm Springs Herd Management Area in Oregon at the beginning of November.
The procedure, which is officially known as ovariectomy via colpotomy, is described by the American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) as “literally reaching into a mare’s abdominal cavity through an incision in the vaginal wall, blindly and without any tool to visualize the mare’s organs, to identify the ovaries by touch and to remove them by severing them with a loop of chain.
If it sounds barbaric and incredibly inhumane, that’s because it is. But so is the BLM, unfortunately. This is the second time in the past few years that the agency has tried this, but it was fortunately shut down before... READ MORE
American wild horses, a North American native-species, are fast disappearing as have other megafauna on the continent. They have been severely depleted by government mismanagement down from 2-million wild horses (1920s) to just about 5% of that former population today. The best science tell us that when large-bodied herbivores (megafauna) like wild horses and burros are depleted, catastrophic wildfire evolves, as we now see in California (deer in CA down 2-million animals) and elsewhere. This film depicts American wild horses in a naturally balanced ecosystem where through the processes of evolutionary natural selection (trophic cascades), the vigor of the species is preserved without the use of chemicals (PZP) or other artificial interventions by man. In a naturally balanced ecosystem these majestic beings provide many evolved symbiotic benefits, including the reduction of the grass and brush that kindles and fuels catastrophic wildfire and toxic smoke.
The Rapa Das Bestas, or 'shearing of the beasts', is held in Sebucedo in Galicia on the first weekend of July.
The Fiesta sees hundreds of wild horses herded down from the mountains by Aloitadores, or fighters.
They work in teams of three to overpower the horses and trim their manes and tails while the foals are marked.
There were dramatic scenes this weekend as revellers wrestled with hundreds of wild horses in Spain at the annual Rapa Das Bestas, or 'shearing of the beasts'.
Held in Sebucedo, in the north-western region of Galicia, the 400-year-old Fiesta brings together horses living free in the mountains and mostly men who measure their strength by trimming the animals' manes... READ MORE
Aerospace engineer Duane Johnson photographed the horses while trekking in rural Colorado.
He spotted a pair of stallions facing off against each other for the right to breed with some nearby females.
Mr Johnson said both horses reared up on their hind legs and began 'punching' each other repeatedly.
After a brief but intense conflict one of the horses capitulated and ran from the field of battle.
The interloper was soon vanquished by the black stallion, left, who chased off his inferior challenger, right
The stallions square off with each other before rearing onto their hind legs and lashing out with 'punches'.
A quarter-century-old project to repopulate the steppes of Mongolia with wild horses was kept alive as four animals made the long trip back to their ancestral home from Prague Zoo.
Driven to extinction in their homeland in the 1960s, the Przewalski's horses survived in captivity before efforts began to re-introduce them to the arid desert and mountains along Mongolia's border with China.
A Przewalski's horse peers out of a container on the way to Takhin Tal National Park, part of the Great Gobi B Strictly Protected Area, in SW Mongolia. June 20th 2017. Reuters/David W Cerny
Zoos organized the first transport to Mongolia of the strong, stocky beasts in 1992.
For the past decade, Prague Zoo has been the only one continuing that tradition and it holds the studbook of a species whose ancestors - unlike other free-roaming horses such as the wild mustangs of the United States - were never domesticated.
A Przewalski's horse leaves it's container after being released in Takhin Tal National Park, part of the Great Gobi B Strictly Protected Area, in SW Mongolia. June 20th, 2017. Reuters/ David W Cerny
The zoo completed its seventh transport last week, releasing four mares born in captivity in the Czech Republic, Germany and Denmark in the Gobi desert. They will spend the next year in an enclosed area to acclimatize before being freed.
A veterinary doctor covers a tranquilised Przewalski's horse from the sun at the acclimaisation enclosure in the village of Dului Dobrejov near the city of Tabor, Czech Republic. June 18th 2017. Reuters/David W Cerny