As you read this, hundreds of wild horses living on a National Wildlife Refuge in the Western U.S. are enduring the terrifying round-up process—the U.S. government's outdated method of managing horse populations on federal lands. Many of these horses are likely to wind up at auction and sold to "killer buyers," who profit by reselling them to slaughterhouses. Perfectly healthy, young horses who recently ran free will be crammed into trucks and transported to Mexico and Canada to be butchered for their meat.
We are working tirelessly on Capitol Hill to protect all wild horses from this horrific practice and to ensure that no horses removed from the range are sent off to slaughter. But we can't do it without your help. Please sign this petition to show your support and care for this cause.
The round-up process is unspeakably harmful to wild horses. During past government round-ups:
• Foals were forced to run extreme distances, losing their hooves.
• Chased by low-flying helicopters, horses were driven to physical exhaustion and collapse.
• Horses and burros were physically assaulted with electric prods and lunge whips.
• Metal gates and panels were slammed into horses.
These majestic creatures deserve better. This treatment is cruel, inhumane and unnecessary. There are several preferable options for managing wild horse populations—fertility control; reintroduction of herds to habitats they once roamed; sanctuary designations—and the ASPCA is fighting hard for them. We also continue to fight for passage of the SAFE Act, which would prohibit the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the U.S. and ban their transport over our borders for that purpose.
With your support, we can continue our critical work to change the way the federal government treats wild horses. It's just one of the ways your generosity can help stop cruelty across the country, wherever it occurs. Please join us.