Here’s How Out of Touch Congress is on Feral Horses

Our elected officials in DC are not only ecologically illiterate, they don’t pay attention to their constituents.

On Oct. 4, 2011 Robert, one of my readers at Audubon, wrote a letter to Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD, and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) in which he complained about the damage feral horses were doing to public lands in the West and the criminal waste of keeping them on perpetual welfare at a cost of $75 million per year. He enclosed my Audubon article “Saddle Sores.” Cardin and Van Hollen ignored him.

He received this response from Mikulski:

“Thank you for contacting me to express your thoughts about protecting wild horses and burros. It’s good to hear from you. I agree with you--we need to do more to protect wild horses and burros...”