Canadian Vet Seeks Reproductive Alternative to Wild Horse Cull

Straight from the Horse's Heart

By: Kathryn McMackin as published in the Cochrane Eagle

“The beauty of this particular contraceptive is that it doesn’t disrupt cycling or the horses’ behaviors, which is very important for the herd,”

photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

As the debate continues surrounding the government-appointed wild horse cull in Alberta, one veterinarian has been researching a more sustainable solution to manage the free-ranging horse population: a safe method of contraception.

Dr. Judith Samson-French is no stranger to utilizing contraception as a management tool — she’s used it for years to control the feral dog population on First Nations communities. Through the Dogs With No Names project, she’s found success by administering a contraceptive implant in female dogs that renders them infertile.

A similar method can be used for wild horses, she said.

Jay Kirkpatrick is the director of the Science and Conservation Centre at ZooMontana in…

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