Wild, Wild Horses

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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 is a writer and advocate focusing on race, gender, and sexual and reproductive rights. In addition to her work at Feministing, Lori is an Associate Director at Planned Parenthood Global. Lori has previously worked at the United Nations Foundation, the International Women’s Health Coalition, and Human Rights Watch, and has written for a host of print and digital properties including Rookie Magazine, The Grio, and the New York Times Magazine. She regularly appears on radio and television, and has spoken at college campuses across the U.S. about topics like the politics of black hair, transnational movement building, and the undercover feminism of Nicki Minaj. In 2014, she was named to The Root 100 list of the nation's most influential African Americans, and to the Forbes Magazine list of the "30 Under 30" successful people in media.

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

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