Freedom for 4,000+ Mustangs Is on the Line – Act Today!
Last month, the House of Representatives passed a budget bill to authorize federal spending for the remainder of 2011. Thanks to U.S. Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN), the bill included an amendment to cut the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) budget by $2 million “to send a very strong message” about the need to reform the broken wild horse and burro management program.
Unfortunately, the Senate version of the 2011 budget bill would grant the BLM a $12 million budget increase for the wild horse program. BLM officials have stated that, without this increase, they will be unable to round up the more than 4,000 wild horses targeted for removal by the end of the fiscal year (September 30, 2011). The agency has already captured nearly 6,000 horses from our public lands since October 1, 2010, swelling captive population in government holding facilities to more than 42,000!
The Senate may vote on the 2011 budget bill by March 18. Please call your Senators today to tell them to reject any appropriations language that increases the BLM’s wild horse program budget for use in additional roundups. While we have a moral obligation to care for the mustangs already in captivity, we cannot allow this agency to worsen its fiscal situation by bringing more horses into holding through cruel and costly roundups. Take Easy Action Here.