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.
News & Events
October 22, 2013
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shooting this month of six wild horses in the Big Prairie Summit region of the Ochoco National Forest in Crook County, Ore.
September 26, 2013
In the time since she was taken from her wild herd 13 years ago, Paisley has been given little attention. After being handed from owner to owner, she finally has a permanent home.
August 2, 2013
Sway was rescued with 157 other horses from two properties where the bodies of dead horses were also found. She has regained health and found a permanent home at Duchess Sanctuary.
June 25, 2013
As the recipient of a five-year $760,000 grant from an anonymous donor, The Humane Society of the United States has launched “The Platero Project” to promote the protection of wild burros managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
February 14, 2014
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife recently seized 2,000 pounds of illegal shark fins from a San Francisco merchant. That merchant is a part of an association whose members sold and distributed shark fins to restaurants and grocery stores and who had sued the State of California challenging the constitutionality of the state’s ban on the sale and trade of shark fins. In the wake of this major bust, the association has voluntarily dismissed its legal challenge.
January 13, 2014
The Cheesecake Factory, which serves more than 80 million customers a year, announced that it has begun eliminating gestation crates from its pork supply.
January 6, 2014
China, the world’s largest market for ivory products, destroyed 6.1 tons of its confiscated stockpile. The momentous event occurred in Guangzhou, a southern port city and main transit and destination point in the global ivory trade.
September 13, 2013
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service immediately listed the southern white rhino as a threatened species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, giving the species greater protection from poaching. With two or three rhinos poached every day for their horns, conservationists believe that within a few years’ time, there will be no more rhinos in the wild in Africa.