I.G.H.A. / HorseAid's Bureau of Land Management News

Cheyenne Woman, AAEP Welfare
Chair Selected for Wild Horse Posts

A Cheyenne native has been chosen to help monitor wild horses which have been adopted. Stephanie Johnson has been selected by the Bureau of Land Management to serve as wild horse compliance specialist. Johnson has worked for the BLM for several years and is also a horse owner.

The position includes working with a large computerized data base to monitor horses adopted in Wyoming and Nebraska. Johnson will be calling all the people who have adopted horses and will randomly visit adopters and their horses.

The BLM recently completed an internal policy review after a series of Associated Press articles that spotlighted cases in which adopted wild horses wound up in slaughterhouses. The creation of Johnson's position is one of the results of that review.

On June 6, 1997 the BLM began soliciting nominations for a Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board that the agency was re-establishing. The re-establishment of this board was the BLM's effort to "improve manage- ment of the wild horse and burros" on BLM land.

Nine people have been selected. Among these people is Dr. Nat Messer, who chairs the Equine Welfare Committee for the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

Dr. Messer has been at the forefront of advising Wyeth-Ayerst, manufacturer of Premarin, on how to "better manage" horses on PMU ranches.

In a March 1997 article published by the AAEP, Messer is quoted as saying, "It is my opinion that mares being utilized for collection of pregnant mare urine are not being abused, neglected or treated inhumanely...I feel this industry does represent a responsible use of horses and that using horses to produce a commodity for the benefit of mankind is appropriate, as long as the horses receive the type of humane care they do on these farms."

HorseAid would like Dr. Messer to explain how he (and the AAEP) can endorse an "industry" that he says "represents the responsible use of horses" yet claims the lives of thousands of foals and exhausted mares each year, most of whom are sold to slaughter.

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