Protect America's Wild Horses

The ancestors of modern horses roamed North America over 10,000 years ago, but were wiped out in the last ice age along with Mammoths and Sabre toothed tigers. Their descendants, today's horses, were re-introduced by explorers and colonists hundreds of years ago, and have since become a natural part of the ecosystem like bison and elk.

But over development and pollution were crowding out the horses by the middle of last century, and the number of wild horses roaming the West has decreased by 75 percent. So in 1971, America made a promise "that wild free-roaming horses and burros are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West;" and that they would "be protected from capture, branding, harassment, or death; and to accomplish this they are to be considered in the area where presently found, as an integral part of the natural system of the public lands."

The 1971 Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burros Act designates public lands for their protection. But since then, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has not been living up to our promise. Nearly 300,000 wild horses and burros have been removed from public lands -- mostly to make way for commercial cattle grazing, mining, drilling and other extreme energy extraction. More than half of them are stockpiled in government holding facilities. The rules for these exiled horses are disgustingly lax, and last year the BLM sold 1,794 federally protected wild horses to a Colorado rancher who sent them to slaughter.

That’s why we’re calling on Congress and the administration to reform the government’s wild horse management policies and restore protections to wild horses under federal law. Sign here to protect Americas Wild Horses and Burros.

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