September 1, 2016
The Humane Society of the United States and Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation Launch Wildlife Fertility Control Institute
Institute will advance non-lethal wildlife population management
The Humane Society of the United States and the Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation, based in Media, Penn., are launching the Botstiber International Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control, which aims to advance the development and implementation of humane, non-lethal fertility control methods to manage wildlife populations. The Institute will also serve as the world’s premier clearing house and scientific resource center of wildlife fertility control.
The Institute will specifically focus on the following:
- Sponsor and host the International Conference on Fertility Control in Wildlife series starting in the summer of 2017;
- Sponsor and host workshops and symposiums on advancing a particular form of wildlife fertility control technology, a specific species and/or a particular area of the world;
- Support research projects, field projects and post-graduate research fellowships that promote and advance the field of wildlife fertility control;
- Establish a repository for all literature produced and published on wildlife fertility control projects and programs around the world and publish a wildlife fertility control journal; and
- Increase the general public’s awareness and support of fertility control as a mainstream approach to managing wildlife populations where appropriate.
Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS said: “Despite immense progress on fertility control issues, there is currently no entity with the sole purpose of promoting and advancing this field of wildlife management. The Institute will lead that humane-minded effort, with the goal of revolutionizing the way we manage wildlife around the world.”
Terrance A. Kline, trustee and administrator of the DWBF said: “Dietrich Botstiber’s concern for animal welfare was reflected in his life experiences and in his Indenture of Trust where he authorized the use of funds to prevent cruelty to animals. To that end, we are honored to work with The Humane Society of the United States to establish an institute dedicated to alleviating animal suffering by advancing the use of humane, non-lethal methods for managing wildlife populations around the world.”
For centuries, wildlife populations have been managed using cruel, indiscriminate and archaic methods such as culls, trapping with body-gripping traps and snares, aerial gunning and toxicants (i.e. Compound 1080, sodium cyanide, etc.). In the early 1990s, new technologies showed much success using an immunocontraception vaccine known as porcine zona pellucida to prevent mares from foaling on Assateague Island National Seashore, a unit of the National Park Service. Since then, researchers from around the world have been testing the field applicability of PZP and other contraception methods. They have successfully prevented births of “surplus” zoo animals and the needless killing of wild horses, deer, elephants, birds, bison, elk and others.