If it works on Horses it might work on Deer: Who is Stopping this?

Vaccine Birth Control
National Geographic

A vaccine to keep the wild horse population under control in the United States is being held-up from large-scale use because of the staggering cost to get regulatory approval.
The drug, called porcine zona pellucida (PZP), temporarily stops wild horses from reproducing but needs approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before it can be used on a wide scale basis.
"The FDA's process is not constructed in such a way to deal with drugs with no commercial value," explained Allen Rutberg, senior research scientist for the Humane Society of the United States. "The overall process is tailored toward folks with millions of dollars to invest in development and testing."
Consequently a special exemption or permit from the FDA is needed, he said. For about 20 years PZP, which is made from pig cells, has successfully been used experimentally on horses and other wildlife, such as deer, elk, and the American black bear.
The drug is 95 to 97 percent effective, said Irwin Liu, reproduction specialist at the University of California, Davis.
Horses are rounded-up and darted with the vaccine, which temporarily stops reproduction in horses for two years.
Liu is working on developing a single inoculation that would last three years. The Bureau of Land Management funds the research.
In order to reduce the wild horse population, Liu said between 5,000 and 10,000 animals must be vaccinated.
Right now he said only a few thousand are treated.
"I believe birth control in horses is not a high priority with the government at this point," Liu said. "I'm convinced thoroughly that it would work if we had the opportunity.

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The anti birth control position presented by ESPN Outdoors is given as follows by a man who enjoys killing animals: Anti-hunters advocate contraceptives for controlling deer herds. According to Dr. Robert Warren of the University of Georgia, contraceptives have never been proven to be effective for wild, free-ranging herds of ungulates, and the costs quickly skyrocket.

To work for deer, a doe must be given an injection of contraceptives twice a year, every year. Unless they are penned, you have to get close enough to shoot them with a syringe dart or a biobullet. The chemicals only cost $20 per deer per year, but man-hours to administer them are costly. One Ohio suburb spent over $1,000 per year per doe for birth control. Surgical sterilization is the only permanent birth control for deer, and that is even more expensive.
(Of course the same killers who rave about the joy of being outdoors to stalk and kill could volunteer to stalk and dart. Then there would be no cost for "man" power. We would probably have to train them to shoot straight and stay sober but some reward system could be implemented. That is if they are not out there just for the pleasure of killing. Also contraceptives drugs have been improved but cannot gain approval for release from the FDA "man" power. Wonder why that is?)

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Blogger greenconsciousness said...

P.S. Steven Oestreicher is the Chairman of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress

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