Urgent: Save America’s Wild Horses!

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 12:30pm
Red horse looking straight ahead

In 1971, Congress declared our wild horses and burros an integral part of our public rangelands and ordered the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to care for them as cultural icons. Over the years, the BLM has rounded up tens of thousands of our wild equines, often with cruel methods, and shipped them to tax-funded holding facilities where they are confined for the rest of their lives.

The BLM is again looking to apply the same failed model of round-ups and removals in revised management plans for wild horses out West. These plans must be altered.

If adopted, these management plans would decimate the wild horse population in the Wyoming Checkerboard, a two-million-acre mix of public and private land where nearly half of Wyoming’s wild horses live. This is certainly not the free-roaming vision Congress set out for these majestic animals.

The good news is that you can help! The BLM is accepting public comments through Friday, September 27, on the potentially devastating revisions to Resource Management Plans that will cull wild horses in Wyoming.

Please be a voice for our wild horses before their time runs out. Visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center right now to quickly contact the BLM. Urge the agency to adopt policies that give horses their fair share of habitat and keep them on the range where they belong.

On behalf of the horses, we thank you!

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If they left the horses where they are then perhaps they wouldn't need to shoot the wolves. It's called balance. Ranchers can train dogs to look after their stock. Win, win, win!

Karen Mays

Please do not do as you are proposing to do. Please learn from your past mistakes. Wild Horses should be cared for as cultural icons. They need to be free to roam on the range where they belong. The roundups are cruel and dangerous and many beautiful horses have lost their lives in the process. Further, moving these wild animals to confinement camps is not a viable solution. Please give these wild horses the respect that they deserve and allow them to roam freely on public lands.

Kathleen Carpenter


I am sending in my request and plea that Congress and the BLM agency will work through issues and do what the majority of Americans want that know of this situation and that is to adopt policies that give horses their fair share of habitat and keep them on the range where they belong.

I am currently working on some film projects for a mustang rescue center here in Maine to bring awareness to the situation as well as to educate the public about these magnificent and very intelligent animals.
Please honor the intent and decisions made by the creators of the 1971 bill passed in Congress for the mustangs to have access to government range land.
Mustangs represent to myself and to many others,the American dream for the right to be free.

The money spent for these often cruel round ups and holding pen centers could be used to provide food and water on government ranges for the wild mustangs when their sources become low. I suspect it would cost less than what it must be costing right now to contain them.

Do not send /sell our horses off to be slaughtered for human consumption. The current situation and methods that have been used are shameful and disgusting.

How this situation has occurred and progressed thus far should make every person involved in this negative and destructive activity hang their heads in shame.

Unfortunately,I sense that this bill being proposed is a profit driven action.

I simply ask that you do what is morally right and that you prevent the new proposed bill from becoming a reality. Let America's mustangs run free!

Kathleen Carpenter

Barbara Bowman

in my humble opinion, horses are God's most beautiful animal, whether they be purebreds or roaming free in our Nation's West. Throughout many centuries they have been a help to man in his endeavors. They have suffered through wars and man's abuse. And now the BLM wants to cause these magnificant creatures even more horrible abuse in their plans to remove them from the Western plains. It makes my heart sick!! I say NO, NO to BLM and to all those who would mistreat these horses!!!

Betty Almand

The wild horses have been in America for as long as we have, if not longer. Please let those beautiful creatures be. They are one of our national treasures.

Rosemary Farr

I strongly oppose the Bureau of Land Management's plan to revise the Resource Management Plans to allow round-ups and culling of wild horses in Wyoming. These creatures should be entitled to live their lives unharrassed, on public lands as Congress intended.


poor wild horses!

Maggie Apgar

I think the way we treat our wild horses is disgraceful. Rounding them up is not the answer and is certainly not humane in my opinion. I've read of other alternatives such as sterlization. There has got to be a better way.

Linda Taschereau

I told BLM the statistics are flawed .They need an internal investigation , before any more horses are injured !And if they do not care if they get sent to slaughter , they should be required to go to a horse rendering plant & witness the whole procedure !!!

Susann Van Ruff...

All petitions need to go to President Obama or nothing will get done!!!! Loads of petitions. Emails, phone calls. Anything to get those peoples attention on how we feel.