Nevada’s Wild Horses Are in Danger, and So Are Thousands of Others

Thousands of wild horses are living peacefully on public lands in Nevada right now, completely unaware that the government is coming for them soon. They will be rounded up this fall, and their advocates are raising serious concerns that they will be sent to slaughter, along with thousands of others.

Tragically, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has failed, and continues to fail, to uphold its duties under the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act, which was intended to protect wild horses from “capture, branding, harassment, or death.” It was enacted in 1971, after Congress officially recognized the value of wild horses as “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West.”

Despite that, the agency has continued to remove and warehouse thousands upon thousands of wild horses at the expense of taxpayers – a vast majority of who strongly oppose the agency’s incredibly cruel, wasteful and ongoing mismanagement of these American icons.

Unfortunately, those who are supposed to uphold the letter and spirit of the law are increasingly beholden to special interests, including livestock and extractive industries, that want to see wild horses exterminated from their rightful place on public lands.

Now, under the Trump Administration, the situation for wild horses could get even worse.

Charlotte Roe, a former science attache and environmental policy officer with the State Department noted in a recent op-ed, that in Nevada alone, the BLM intends to round up nearly 1,000 wild horses “to achieve its absurdly low population target of 60 adults and foals, leaving one horse per 10,000 acres. In the huge Antelope Valley and Triple A Complex, the BLM plans to remove over 7,000 mustangs.”

Sadly, Nevada’s wild horses aren’t the only ones being targeted for upcoming roundups, and their lives are all now in danger.

The House Appropriations Committee recently passed the Stewart Amendment as part of the 2018 budget, which would allow the BLM to kill 92,000 healthy wild horses who are currently in holding, in addition to those who are deemed excess on the range. Some lawmakers did step up to stop this, but they were shut down before their own amendments could go to the floor for a full vote.

Although the situation is looking increasingly dire for wild horses, there’s still hope that Congress will act to protect them from further roundups and slaughter. Wild horse advocates have continued to oppose any measures that would allow slaughter, and have continued to advocate for these American icons to be humanely managed on the range.


Please sign and share the petition urging your representative to act to ensure that wild horses are protected from further roundups and slaughter, and that they’re  instead managed on their rightful place on our public lands.

For more updates and ways to help, check out organizations including the American Wild Horse Campaign, Cloud Foundation, Equine Advocates, Wild Horse Education and Return to Freedom Wild Horse Conservation.


Photo credit: James Marvin Phelps


Marie W
Marie Wabout a year ago

thanks for sharing

Berenice Guedes d

Always the damn profit!! So sad to know that!!

Misss D
Shari F1 years ago

Feral horses have a rightful place on public lands? I am not sure that is the case. I thought public lands were wilderness areas for native wildlife to flourish. Horses often overgraze the land and don't allow the natural flora to rebound, which has negative affects along the food chain. It may be better to consider removing them and reintroducing bison and wolves in their place. Just a thought.

Jennifer H
Jennifer H1 years ago

They are listening to money and not citizens again.

Angela K
Angela K1 years ago

Petition already signed & shared

Larry McDaniel
Larry McDaniel1 years ago

Thank you

Philippa P
Philippa Powers1 years ago


heather g
heather g1 years ago

Deborah W. seems very knowledgeable about the horses - I hope they are not shot or hurt. What terrible ways they treat these wild horses.

One Heart i
Carl Rosenstock1 years ago


Deborah W
Deborah W1 years ago

BLM continues to fail to uphold its duties under the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act, ENACTED IN 1971. It continues to remove and warehouse many thousands of wild horses AT THE EXPENSE OF TAXPAYERS due to for-profit special interest "favors" given and received, (livestock and extractive industries)
that want to see wild horses exterminated). Some 92,000 healthy wild horses are already in holding pens, with more to come from among those deemed excess on the range in an ongoing annual roundup event from 1971 forward. Now employed government contractors aerial-shoot into the ground and "buzz" roaming herds into stampede frenzies, with foals, old and weak adults unable to keep up the pac, just left to die a slow death where they drop out of exhaustion. All lucky enough to make it to the pens are family-separated and left to languish in knee-deep dung, no place to roam, lay or barely turn, until moved along for slaughter, breeding interruption experiments before supposed release back into the wild. Do you really believe, with all the U.S. and global problems in need of immediate attention, this one -- alive and well since 1971 -- should suddenly be moved to the front of the list and quickly resolve by now-President Trump? I refuse to believe the entire population is dumb as a box of rocks, With the power and control so well established over the years, embedded in manipulation and corruption, with a steady stream of favors given