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
April 12, 2013
The high-stepping stride of the Tennessee Walker has long entertained equestrians in the South. But the gait of these splendid animals too often comes at a cost, when they are intentionally made to suffer for the sake of the spectacle.
April 10, 2013
Each year, hundreds of wild horses are rounded up from the wild and sold at auction, and some are sent to Mexico and Canada to be slaughtered (killed for their meat). Meet a few mustangs who made it to the safety of a sanctuary—and some kids who are working to protect horses.
April 10, 2013
Learn how three kids from across the country are working to stop the roundup and slaughter of America's wild horses, a.k.a. mustangs.
April 1, 2013
In honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Month, Duchess Sanctuary stories from several passionate volunteers.
May 16, 2013
California State Assembly Passes Groundbreaking Legislation to Require the Use of Non-Lead Ammunition in Hunting
Important legislation requiring the use of non-lead ammunition for hunting today passed the California State Assembly by a wide margin.
May 15, 2013
The Humane Society of the United States presented a Humane Wildlife Stewardship Award to participants of Operation Turtle, a public-private partnership that has saved the lives of hundreds of aquatic turtles and other wild animals.
May 14, 2013
A roadside zoo in Mississippi has lost its exhibitor license after 43 years. The U.S. Department of Agriculture revoked the license following an undercover investigation and legal complaints to state and federal officials by The Humane Society of the United States.
May 13, 2013
Gov. Bill Haslam vetoed the anti-whistleblower “ag-gag” bill, SB 1248/HB 1191, after hearing from thousands of Tennesseans urging the veto and a report deeming the bill constitutionally suspect by the Tennessee Attorney General.