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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

  • October 22, 2013

    Reward Offered in Shooting Deaths of Central Oregon Wild Horses

    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

    Twice Abandoned Mare Safe at Last

    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

    Barely Alive Pony Finds Happy Home

    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

    Grant Project Launched to Help Wild Burros

    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.

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Our Victories

  • March 31, 2014

    Top UN Court Orders Japan to End Antarctic Whaling

    Statement on the ruling of the International Court of Justice that Japan’s whaling program is a breach of the global whaling moratorium and lacks scientific legitimacy in regard to the quotas set and the numbers taken.

  • February 14, 2014

    On Heels of Major Criminal Bust, Shark Fin Distributors Drop Lawsuit

    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.

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    January 13, 2014

    The Cheesecake Factory Announces Progress in Eliminating Controversial Pig Cages from Supply Chain

    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 Destroys Confiscated Ivory Stockpile

    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.

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