On Monday, January 24, U.S. Representative Dan Burton (R-IN) gave a five-minute statement on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in which he expressed his strong opposition to the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) ongoing mismanagement of our nation’s wild horse and burro populations.
Specifically, Rep. Burton took the BLM and its director, Bob Abbey, to task for its wasteful spending and its inability to work toward creative solutions. The BLM recently rejected a proposal by wild-horse advocate Madeline Pickens to relocate thousands of captive wild horses to her Nevada property, the “Saving America’s Mustangs Ranch.” These horses are currently kept in desolate, long-term government holding facilities at taxpayer expense.
“This is another bureaucratic nightmare that we in this Congress should not—and I don’t believe will—put up with,” said Rep. Burton. “We ought to cut the Bureau of Land Management’s budget so that we can save the money and save the mustangs. That’s what this is all about—a humane way of treating the mustangs in this country, which are a part of our heritage.”
If you would like to personally thank Rep. Burton for being the voice of America’s wild horses in Congress, please mail a letter to his district office: 8900 Keystone at the Crossing, Suite 1050, Indianapolis, Indiana 46240-7646.
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