Don’t Allow the Slaughter of Wild Horses on Rangelands

Target: U.S. Congressperson Chris Stewart, State of Utah

Goal: Stop calling for the slaughter of wild horses on public lands.

Wild horses and burros may soon face mass slaughter if a handful of government officials and lobbyists have their way. At a recent conference in Utah, a deputy assistant of the Interior and a number of politicians, including Utah congressman Chris Stewart, pledged to lift restrictions on killing these innocent animals.

Wild horses are an iconic part of the American west and are a symbol of our history and heritage. They are also living beings deserving of freedom and a humane existence. Those calling for their slaughter claim that overpopulation has resulted in horses and burros dying of thirst and starvation, but horse advocates counter these claims and say that horses are really suffering from a lack of open land thanks to ranching and farming interests.

More must be done to give horses the land they need to roam freely and to control their populations through more humane methods. Sign this petition to urge Stewart to withdraw his support of the slaughter and put an end to this cruel proposal.


Dear Representative Stewart,

The plight of America’s wild horses and burros is one that should be addressed seriously, but mass slaughter simply is not the answer. There are other ways that the horse population can be controlled and managed, such as through increasing the amount of grazing land available and through sterilization and release programs. However, in reality, what is really causing these horses to suffer is not their “excess” numbers, but the fact that agricultural interests have forced them onto ever-dwindling tracts of land.

I agree that horses deserve to live humanely and should not be allowed to starve or die of thirst, but culling them denies them any chance of having the life they deserve. I urge you to withdraw your support from any plans to kill or sell wild horses and burros to slaughterhouses and to commit to improving their quality of life in the wild.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Nature treats back now
    Take responsibility for your cruelty
    Take responsibility for your Being on Earth

  2. lynn woods says:

    stop this slaughter of these beautiful horses they helped build your country for god’s sake what the hell is wrong with the people of the US for allowing this to be done you wouldn’t even have a country if it wasn’t for the horse they helped carry your families out west toiled your soil carried for miles at a time carried men into battle and this is the way you repay them shame shame shame on the US for allowing this you shameful cruel people

  3. Don’t allow for medical sterilizations. These are most likely done without anesthesia. Many wild Equines have sufferedthese painful operations and died from the horrible experience and many complications.

  4. Simon Rimmer says:

    Humans must do better for ALL animals, animals must have rights too.

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