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AWHC is committed to advancing federal and state legislation to improve the welfare of wild horses and burros on the range and in government holding facilities.

Our efforts include working collaboratively with other advocacy groups, meeting with members of Congress on Capitol Hill and their district offices, and mobilizing and empowering our supporters to reach out to their elected officials on behalf of wild horses and burros.

Our goals include repealing the Burns Amendment, which allows for the sale for slaughter of captured wild horses and burros, maintaining the current Congressional ban on slaughter (preventing the Burns Amendment from being in effect), defeating budget language that would allow for the transfer of wild horses to states and local agencies without protection from mass killing, advancing legislation to require the BLM to use humane birth control to manage wild horses in the wild instead of removing them en masse through cruel helicopter roundups.

Some examples of our success:

  • At the end of 2017, Governor Doug Ducey and the U.S. Forest Service for reached an agreement for the management of the Salt River wild horses. The agreement fulfills the conditional enactment clause of the Salt River Wild Horse Act, passed by the Arizona Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Ducey in May 2016. The agreement establishes a management structure and process to provide humane management for the Salt River wild horses, who reside in the Tonto National Forest. The agreement authorizes the state to partner with a non-profit organization to assist with management and care of the Salt River wild horses.
  • We’re leveraging constituent support to convince increasing numbers of Congressmen and women to take a public stand against cruel horse slaughter and in favor of humane wild horse management.
  • In 2016, working closely with our coalition partner the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group, we helped to pass state legislation to protect this cherished wild horse population. Because of our efforts, on May 11, 2016 Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed the Salt River Wild Horse Protection Act.
  • In 2013, we worked successfully to pass legislation in Nevada to allow for cooperative agreements between the state and non-profit organizations to humanely manage the wild horses of the Virginia Range. That same year, we entered ito a cooperative agreement with the State of Nevada