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Don't fund the bloody wild horse roundups!

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As your constituent, I urge you to reject increasing the budget for the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wild horse and burro program. In addition, I urge you to join the House in cutting the budget by $2 million to "send a very strong message" about the need for reform this costly and cruel federal program.

The BLM has stated that it will use the increased funding to roundup and remove nearly 5,000 additional mustangs and burros from our public lands by the end the year, after already removing nearly 6,000 wild horses since the fiscal year began in October 2010.

We already have over 42,000 wild horses held captive in holding facilities that will cost taxpayers $46 million this year alone.

Although the BLM is talking about making changes to this program, without pressure from Congress, it will continue to do business as usual. That has been the history of this program. While we have a moral obligation to care for the wild horses already in captivity, we cannot allow this agency to deepen its fiscal black hole by bringing more and more mustangs into taxpayer-funded holding facilities.

As Congress considers drastic spending cuts, we cannot afford to turn a blind eye to this broken federal program that is wasting tax dollars and harming our federally-protected wild horses and burros.

Thank you for your consideration.

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February 2, 2017
Deirdre M. writes:
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These animals should be allowed to remain where they are. Leave them in peace, no killing.
February 1, 2017
Meghan S. from Madison, WI signed.
January 15, 2017
Deborah A. from Norton, MA writes:
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These iconic endangered mustangs should be protected.As a tax payer I do not want to see my tax dollars used in a federal program such as killing these beautiful intelligent wild animals or holding them in facilities where I worry they'll end up as meat. Please stop this craziness and inhumanity wasteful spending.
January 8, 2017
Connie P. from Vandalia, OH writes:
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This is outrageous when innocent horses and burros are rounded up from the land that has been theirs for years and threatened with slaughter. I am so outraged by this. I can only guess that the the reason behind this is that someone wants the land for profit. Money is usually involved and the bottom line is whoever will profit is in back of this stealing the horses land that has been theirs for years. This should be stopped now.
January 3, 2017
Karen M. from Van Nuys, CA signed.
December 9, 2016
Laurie H. from Brightwood, VA writes:
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My tax dollars would be best spent by ending expensive captivity roundups and holding facilities and implementing a birth control injection protocol. It makes more sense and it is MY tax dollars.
December 9, 2016
Laurie H. from Brightwood, VA writes:
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My tax dollars would be best spent by ending expensive captivity roundups and holding facilities and implementing a birth control injection protocol. It makes more sense and it is MY tax dollars.
December 4, 2016
Someone from Brandon, SD signed.
3 months ago
David A D. from Brookville, PA writes:
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The BLM is another little fiefdom created by Congress with no checks and balances. They have allied with cattlemen at the detriment of wild horses. Please follow up on this tragedy you have created.
3 months ago
Caryl S. from Sandston, VA writes:
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I cannot begin to say how furious I am about this. Tax dollars being used to benefit rich ranchers and oil billionaires is not what Americans want or need. Stop it immediately!