American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign is dedicated to preserving American Wild Horses and Burros in viable free-roaming herds for generations to come, as part of our national heritage. AWHPC was formed in 2004 by Return to Freedom to provide a unified voice and platform to advocate for America's wild horses and burros.
Every year, the federal government uses low flying helicopters to stampede thousands of wild horses into pens and clear them off public lands so that commercial interests can turn a profit. These round ups are far below the standard of humane treatment of animals that most Americans will tolerate, yet these tactics have been used for decades far out of public view. As a consequence, there are now more wild horses stockpiled in government holding facilities than live free in the wild. If we don’t act to stop these cruel practices, wild horses will soon be gone forever.
AWHPC seeks a holistic and humane approach to managing wild horses and a shift away from the current policy, which focuses on rounding up horses and removing them from their homes on public lands. We support in-the-wild management of wild horses and burros that leaves these animals on the range where they belong.
We seek a federal wild horse and burro program that focuses on safe and humane fertility control instead of removals, promotes healthy ecosystems by protecting predators, improves range stewardship, and addresses resource inequalities. Presently, the BLM allocates the majority of forage and water resources in designated wild horse habitat areas to privately-owned livestock, instead of to wild horses and other wildlife species. The agency sets unnaturally and artificially low level authorized management levels (AMLs) for wild horses. We seek a fairer share of resources on public lands for wild horses and burros, and increase in population levels to allow for healthy and genetically sustainable wild horse and burro populations over the long term.