WITH GROUND BREAKING AND INNOVATIVE IDEAS, THEY ARE AT THE HELM OF MAKING A SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF THESE WILD CREATURES.
The American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) is a nonprofit organization fighting to ensure the future of America’s iconic wild horses and burros and the Western public lands where they roam. We work to reform the cruel and costly federal wild horse and burro roundup program and replace it with humane management that keeps wild horses and burros wild, protected, and free. AWHC manages the largest, humane fertility control program for wild, free-roaming horses in the world. Implementing humane solutions, while increasing the public’s awareness of and appreciation for wild horses and burros as
an integral part of the America’s ecological and cultural landscape.
AWHC is committed to advancing federal and state legislation to improve the welfare of wild horses and burros on the range and in government holding facilities.
They have amassed a strong record of successful litigation to protect wild horses and burros on our public lands.
IN THE FIELD
They are implementing the largest humane management program for wild horses in the world through a public/private partnership with the State of Nevada to protect Nevada’s historic Virginia Range wild horses.
They are growing the grassroots army of citizens willing to stand up for wild horses and burros and now have an international following of more than 700,000 strong and growing by the day. With the power of information, they lead grassroots campaigns to help the public raise its collective voice.
REALITY OF ROUND UPS
Each year, the Interior Department Bureau of Land Management (BLM) uses low flying helicopters to brutally round up and remove wild horses and burros by the thousands from Western public lands. Wild horses occupy just a small fraction (12 percent) of BLMmanaged lands, but ranchers who influence BLM policy view wild horses as competition for cheap, taxpayer-subsidized livestock grazing on public lands. The wild horses and burros who survive roundups and can’t be adopted or auctioned off are sentenced to a lifetime of being warehoused in government holding facilities, or worse, end up in the slaughter pipeline.
The federal government’s brutal and inhumane roundup practices are optional. We have a choice to continue to spend millions upon millions of taxpayer dollars to then terrorize wild horses and burros with helicopters, stampede them into pens and confine them for life or worse, kill or slaughter them, or we can manage them in the wild using a humane, effective and cheaper alternative: PZP birth control. This safe and proven treatment prevents pregnancy in mares, but preserves the natural behaviors that distinguish wild horses from their domestic counterparts. We seek a humane federal wild horse and burro program that focuses on proven fertility control, promotes healthy ecosystems by protecting predators, strengthens habitat stewardship, and addresses resource inequalities.
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