USA: Support Protections for Wild Horses and Burros

Wild horses
FY 2022 Federal Budget—Interior Appropriations
ASPCA Position: Support

Our nation’s wild horses and burros face many threats due to decades of mismanagement. Congress has begun to chart a new, sustainable strategy for these iconic herds to safeguard their future, but the work is far from over. Federal lawmakers must continue to carve this new path in 2022, pushing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)—the agency responsible for most wild horses and burros on our public lands—to employ humane, science-based approaches to management and strictly enforce the federal protections afforded to these magnificent animals both on and off the range.

In recent years, federal lawmakers took important steps to provide lasting protections for wild horses and burros:

  • First, in 2019 Congress extended the prohibition on the use of lethal population control methods for herds living on U.S. Forest Service Land—a protection that wild horses and burros in BLM areas have had since the 1990s.
  • Second, lawmakers included an additional $21 million and $15 million for the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro program in 2019 and 2020, respectively, directing the agency to build a sustainable, non-lethal management program centered on the use of humane fertility control to create sustainable a  population.

With this funding, Congress mandated that the agency strictly abide by welfare guidelines—which have not always been followed in the past.

While we applaud this important progress, we are still a long way from a balanced wild horse and burro population free from threats of lethal management. That is why we need you to tell Congress that you support protecting our wild herds now and in the future!

What You Can Do

Please use the form below to email your U.S. senator and urge them to support funding in the FY 2022 Interior Appropriations bill to continue to protect our nation’s wild horses and burros. Congress needs to hear from advocates like you today!

Thank you for speaking up for our nation’s equines.