By Steven Long, Photo by Leslie Peebles,
HOUSTON, (Horseback) – A new scandal involving veterinarians working for the federal Bureau of Land Management is emerging in the wake of a report from the independent Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association.
The report was authored by Dr. Eric Davis. The national Examinar, a consortium ofonline citizen journalists broke the news Sunday moorning in a post by Maureen Haromony.
“Succinylcholine is a paralytic and should never be used unless the person or animal will be artificially ventilated,” a physician told Horseback Magazine Sunday.
The story not only relates to a large number of deaths of horses, but also alleges extreme cruelty on the part of BLM vets during castrations procedures of stallions, a normally routine practice.
The report calls into question the large number of wild horse deaths at a recent “gather” in the Calico Mountain s of Nevada.
It comes in the wake of an exclusive story Horseback regarding the agency’s use of a veterinarian who is unlicensed in the state.
The death toll resulting from helicopter stampedes at Calico is now up to 160 horses and foals, including at least two
foals who lost their hoofs after being run miles over rocky desert terrain.