The American Wild Horse is a symbol of freedom and power and has woven himself into the very fabric of what is America. However, as a nation, we have done little to extend either stewardship or respect for these noble animals. Instead, we have herded them, broken them, abused them, and slaughtered them. And now, without swift action, we are at risk of losing them forever.
Although the 1971 Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act was intended to protect our Wild Horses, it has been weakened throughout the years by policy changes, leaving our wild horses unprotected. A continued and aggressive wild horse removal policy has resulted in more wild horses now living in captivity than that which remain in the wild. This capture & removal policy costs tax payers millions of dollars annually, ignores federal mandates and laws that guaranteed wild horses a home on our public lands, and threatens the genetic viability and long-term survival of the species.
The only hope for America’s wild horses is the American people. Free and untamed wild horses don’t make anyone a profit out there on some of the most remote areas of our Public and Park lands. Therefore, we must claim their value — their value to the spirit of the American people — our living history.
In an effort to protect and preserve our remaining wild horses, Return to Freedom launched The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign in 2004. The Campaign was created to maintain current and well researched information available and unify messaging to all stakeholders. RTF initiated a coalition to support the goals of the Campaign. Today, the Campaign is supported by some 60 diverse organizations representing over 11 million people collectively.
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