"Darwinism undermines both the idea that man is made in the image of God and the idea that man is a uniquely rational being."

JAMES RACHELS, CREATED FROM ANIMALS: THE MORAL IMPLICATION OF DARWINISM

 

Origins of PZP

The first report on the use of PZP in feral and domestic animals (horses) was in 1989 (Journal of Reproduction and Fertility; 85:. 19-29. Liu, Bernoco and Feldman). Since then, this vaccine has been successfully used on a number of wildlife species.

Scientifically documented projects have included, wild horses in Nevada (Turner, Liu and Kirkpatrick), the White-tailed deer in Ohio (Turner, Liu and Kirkpatrick), the American black bear in South Dakota (Lane and Liu), the tule elk in California (Stoops and Shideler), the South African elephant (Fayrer-Hoskens and Bertschinger) and llamas and alpacas in Peru (van Leeuwen and Liu).

The procedure for the production of PZP was developed by UC Davis researcher, Dr. Jerry Hedrick and applied to domestic and feral animals by Dr. Irwin Liu. Since 1987 these researchers have provided considerable quantities of PZP to various governmental and private agencies throughout the world for the experimental purposes of contracepting and humanely controlling animal overpopulations where applicable. The agencies that were provided with the PZP vaccine include: The Humane Society of the United States; the Science and Conservation Center; Bureau of Land Management, Dept. of Interior; Santa Cruz Island Foundation; National Park Services, Dept. of Interior; The National Zoological Research Institute, Italy; University of Madrid, Spain; University San Marcos, Peru; The Institute of Zoology, Beijing, China; and The National Wildlife Research Center, USDA-APHIS, Colorado. The UC Davis researchers are continuing to perform collaborative research with these and many other agencies and nonprofit organizations not mentioned above.

While the UC Davis researchers are not commercially marketing the PZP, they hope to generate funds for continuing research in PZP through marginal, laboratory replacement and personnel costs for the production of PZP.

The UC Davis researchers are continuing to develop PZP and hormone based agents aimed at effective and humane methods for contraception and sterilization of animals. These methods are being developed to serve as alternatives to current methods of controlling overpopulation of domestic and wildlife animals.

Inquiries regarding the use of PZP and its availability can be made to
Irwin KM Liu, DVM, Ph.D.