Republican Proposes Government Provided Birth Control, For Horses

It’s the new era of fiscal responsibility:

A Republican representative has introduced a spending bill amendment aimed at promoting the use of contraception – by horses.

Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) introduced the amendment, which would control the population of wild horses and burros as an alternative to the costly practice of capturing the animals and holding them in pens, which the Bureau of Land Management currently employs.

The amendment would modify the budget to bar “funds made available by this Act [from being] used for the gathers and removals of free-roaming wild horses and burros, except for the purpose of fertility control”.

I’d love to know which part of the Constitution authorizes this.

FILED UNDER: Congress, US Politics,
Doug Mataconis
About Doug Mataconis
Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Tony says:

    I wish to add a third option to the current roster of a) birth control or b) round up and keep in pens:

    Shoot ’em, cook ’em, eat ’em.

  2. Chad S says:

    Umm…the 10th amendment? lol

  3. Franklin says:

    Neat. We have actual unmolested nature in action and the solution is to sterilize it. Or at the very least, round it up. Oh, wait, they’re being “pests” to mankind, right?

  4. Richard Gardner says:

    These horses are primarily on Federal lands under the Bureau of Land (Mis-) Management (BLM), and the Forest Service (USFS). This is part of land management, same as timber sales.

    There are some in the Western “States Rights” groups (as opposed to Southern States Rights – two totally different issues) that believe that all the Federal land in the west should be turned over to the states, but that is a very minority opinion. West of the Mississippi, significant portions of the land is still held by the Federal government. (84.5% of NV – where a significant portion of there mustangs are located!).

  5. Richard Gardner says:

    Good graphic on Federal Land ownership at Big Think – I probably should have said West of the Rockies rather than West of the Mississippi (plus Eastern MT)

  6. tom p says:

    “I’d love to know which part of the Constitution authorizes this.”

    Another case of ideology overcoming common sense. As Gardner points out the US Gov owns the land these horses are on AND are responsible for it’s care.

    “We have actual unmolested nature in action and the solution is to sterilize it.”

    Franklin: These horses are like rats in that neither are natural to this continent and do great damage to the environment..

    “Shoot ‘em, cook ‘em, eat ‘em.”

    I’m on board with you Tony, but Americans think of horses as they do of dogs, not like cattle. There for it will never happen.