Thursday, November 03, 2011


Hey, here's a great idea from the Humane Society of the United States: It's for the government to stop spending millions of dollars on really stupid programs that harm animals and waste money. The following is a sample letter they drafted, and if you happen to someone who agrees with these suggestions, feel free to copy-paste it, sign your own name, then send it to your own Beltway Butthead.

To: Members of Congress

As the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction works to achieve massive cuts in federal spending, I urge you to do all you can to ensure inclusion of several common-sense ideas that can save more than a billion dollars by cutting wasteful programs that harm animals. In each case, there are far less costly and more effective and humane alternatives available to replace these outdated programs:

1. Chimpanzees in Labs: $300 million
About 1,000 chimpanzees--80-90% of whom aren't even used in research, as chimps have proved poor models for human illness--are warehoused in expensive lab cages.

2. Wild Horses and Burros: $172 million
The Bureau of Land Management currently keeps approximately 41,000 mustangs in costly holding pens and continues to round up many thousands more each year.

3. Animal Testing: $500 million
The National Toxicology Program remains stuck on extravagant and unnecessary animal testing that often yields unusable results.

4. Lethal Predator Control: $110 million
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services division provides taxpayer-subsidized wildlife extermination services to private ranchers.

It's time to make government run better, and adopt long-overdue reforms that will ease taxpayer burdens while helping protect animals.


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