Wild, Wild Horses


Wanted to share with you all this little bit of irony.

It seems our lovely government is fine with supporting birth control for wild horses, but not for women.

That’s right. On the same day they are voting to de-fund birth control and family planning for all women in America they have also decided by unanimous consent to give birth control to wild horses.

Seriously, people, I can’t make this stuff up. The amendment from Rep. Burton on wild horses is listed below in its entirety.

And just a note, before the naysayers get all up in arms, no, I’m NOT saying I don’t support the distribution of birth control to horses (which is, by the way, wildly supported by animal humane groups because it means less need for slaughtering), nor am I making a comparison between women and horses. Obviously, birth control is being distributed to horses as a means of population control, while it would be made available for women as a means of enabling them to be in control of their bodies and lives. I’m simply pointing out the irony there.

#30 – to be offered by Rep. Dan Burton – to reduce the Bureau of Land Management’s budget by $2 million to send a signal that the agency must reform its enormously wasteful and misguided program of capturing wild horses and burros and holding them in pens, rather than employing a much less costly and more humane option – immunocontraception to control herd size. Despite objections raised by Members of Congress, BLM continues its round up and removal policy, and is currently holding approximately 46,000 horses in pens. Total holding costs in FY10 were $36.9 million.

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Lori Adelman started blogging with Feministing in 2008, and now runs partnerships and strategy as a co-Executive Director. She is also the Director of Youth Engagement at Women Deliver, where she promotes meaningful youth engagement in international development efforts, including through running the award-winning Women Deliver Young Leaders Program. Lori was formerly the Director of Global Communications at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and has also worked at the United Nations Foundation on the Secretary-General's flagship Every Woman Every Child initiative, and at the International Women’s Health Coalition and Human Rights Watch. As a leading voice on women’s rights issues, Lori frequently consults, speaks and publishes on feminism, activism and movement-building. A graduate of Harvard University, Lori has been named to The Root 100 list of the most influential African Americans in the United States, and to Forbes Magazine‘s list of the “30 Under 30” successful mediamakers. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Lori Adelman is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Partnerships.

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