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Petitioning U.S. Senate

Stop Wasting Taxpayer Money on Cruel Wild Horse Roundups


Around 40,000 horses are being held in government holding facilities at a cost of about $37 million a year. In addition, the government is losing at least $123 million a year (and by some estimates, as much as $500 million a year) to welfare livestock. In other words, letting private cattle herds graze on taxpayer-supported public lands for next to nothing.

The Bureau of Land Management hasn't shown any interest in pursuing responsible and humane wild horse management programs. Not only did they reject a proposal from Madeleine Pickens and the Saving America's Mustangs foundation that would save about $2,000 per horse per year (in addition to keeping the horses on their natural habitat instead of shipping them a thousand miles away to substandard warehousing facilities), but they've also been dragging their feet on a contraceptive program developed with the Humane Society of the United States, which would help control population while keeping horses on the range.

On January 24th, Congressman Dan Burton addressed the House Representatives about the BLM's wasteful spending: "This is another bureaucratic nightmare that we in this Congress should not — and I don’t believe will — put up with. And I’m going to ask the Appropriations Committee to cut the budget of the Bureau of Land Management because they’re wasting the taxpayers’ money by millions and millions and maybe hundreds of millions of dollars."

The Bureau of Land Management needs to stop wasting taxpayer dollars on their inefficient, inhumane wild horse program. Tell the House Appropriations Committee that you agree with Rep. Burton's request to cut the BLM's budget.

Update: The House has approved a $2 million funding cut to "send a very strong message" to the BLM that it has to reform its wild horse and burro programs. The petition is now targeting your Senators, urging them to pass the Burton Amendment to cut BLM funding.

Letter to
U.S. Senate
On January 24th, Congressman Dan Burton addressed the House Representatives about the Bureau of Land Management's wasteful spending on their wild horse program. Rep. Burton stated: "This is another bureaucratic nightmare that we in this Congress should not — and I don’t believe will — put up with. And I’m going to ask the Appropriations Committee to cut the budget of the Bureau of Land Management because they’re wasting the taxpayers’ money by millions and millions and maybe hundreds of millions of dollars."

The House of Representatives agreed with Rep. Burton, and passed Amendment #30 to the House Continuing Resolution, which will cut $2 million from the Bureau of Land Management budget in order to send the message that the wasteful and inhumane wild horse and burro program needs to be reformed.

I urge you to support this amendment to stop the Bureau of Land Management from wasting taxpayer dollars.

Around 40,000 horses are being held in government holding facilities at a cost of about $37 million a year. In addition, the government is losing at least $123 million a year (and by some estimates, as much as $500 million a year) to welfare livestock. In other words, letting private cattle herds graze on taxpayer-supported public lands for next to nothing.

In this economy, there is no excuse for wasteful spending of taxpayer dollars. There are alternatives that are more humane and responsible. Without providing a sufficient explanation, the BLM rejected a proposal from Madeleine Pickens and the Saving America's Mustangs foundation that would have saved approximately $2,000 per horse per year. The BLM has also delayed on implementing a contraceptive program developed with the Humane Society of the United States.

Mustangs are part of the American heritage and should be protected under the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, not rounded up in inhumane gathers and shipped a thousand miles across the country to be warehoused in government holding facilities at the taxpayers' expense.

As a taxpayer, I am appalled by the BLM's wild horse program. I urge you not to stand by and allow this agency to continue wasting money. Please cut the BLM's budget to save taxpayer money and the mustangs.

Thank you.