The Humane Society of the United States

Wild Horses

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These icons of the American West still need help. We can end the capture and killing of thousands of horses every year.

Wild horses—mustangs—inhabit the plains and mountains of ten western states. For years, ranchers have pressured the government to control their numbers by rounding them up and offering them to the public for adoption.

There aren't enough homes, so tens of thousands of wild horses are held in facilities—a far cry from the freedom and close social connections of their natural lives.

In 2004, a change to the law made it legal for wild horses in holding facilities to be sold for slaughter. Help The HSUS restore legal protections to wild horses and burros and persuade the government to manage populations with humane, effective, economical methods.

Compassion and Concern for Wild Horses

The Bureau of Land Management has announced new policies designed to increase public transparency and ensure the humane treatment of wild horses.

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News & Events

  • May 4, 2017

    Budget bill prevents slaughter of wild horses

    The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund are pleased that the 2017 omnibus spending bill includes provisions protecting our nation’s wild horses and burros. The bill prevents the Bureau of Land Management and its contractors from sending wild horses to be slaughtered for human consumption. It further directs the BLM to review all serious proposals from non-governmental organizations and create a plan, within 180 days of enactment of the bill, to maintain long-term, sustainable populations on the range in a humane manner.

  • December 16, 2015

    Waikoloa Nightingales: The Plight of the Iconic Donkeys of West Hawaii

    The HSUS is involved in efforts to humanely control Hawaii’s wild donkey population, which has gone unmanaged for years and now faces limited resources for survival.

  • November 6, 2015

    The Facts About Horse Slaughter

    Separate fact from fiction on the issue of horse slaughter.

  • September 29, 2015

    Resources for Making a Humane End of Life Decision for Your Horse

    The HSUS will help you find out where to have your horse euthanized or her body buried, cremated, disposed of or rendered.

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