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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Kathy Feister

This is America & we need to set humane examples to others as well as the rest of the world in every aspect. Let's resolve the issue without cruelty involvement.

Linda Dudine

Our gubment can spend gazillions on "saving" owls, fish, frogs, etc, etc., but for the horses, they want to put them in a fenced in lot and let them die 'their natural life' there. Time to give our wild horses the same protection that we give those frogs. Time to give them their freedom. Time to send congress packing. Vote wisely; vote carefully as if your life depended on it.


I love to watch the wild horses, running & roaming free, in my home state of Wyoming. It's also a big tourist draw. It upsets me to know about our "management" of them. They are beutiful, magestic creatures that deserve all our respect. I know many of our large cattle companies want the land the horses are on to use for their cattle to range. It's sad.


When are these outrageous roundups going to stop. They are totally inhumane. The BLM is horrible how it handles these majestic creatures. Wild animals reserve to remain in the wild not rounded up and caged.

sharon zelman

BLM needs to be replaced with people who protect the horses/mules. Obviously the present administration is not concerned about the best interests of these wild animals. If there are concerned about the number of horses, they could give them birth control or fix some of them.

gale fieldman

Let the horses graze in the wild. Dont kill them with taxpayers money.

Amanda Opsahl

Please save these horses they have been such a vital part of this country for so long. please treat them with the respect that they deserve and save these beautiful creatures.

Becky Young

The reason the BLM rounds up wild horses is because they interfere with cattle grazing on public lands. They sometimes will actually drive cattle away from water sources.
While I am not in agreement with the roundup and confinement of wild horses at taxpayer expense, I just wanted to show that there is a reason for it.
The solution would be for the BLM to not grant cattle grazing permits where wild horses roam.
These permits are passed down through ranching families for generations. I believe the cost to the rancher for the grazing permit is very low.

Rhonda Baker

This is not acceptable and just plain sad. Too bad the horses cannot have a BLM round-up!!!!

mary gibson

Ranchers are using the Mustangs land for free and would like to see them gone. Ranchers need to be charged to use this land and allow the Mustangs to share it!