Mission: The american wild horse campaign (awhc) is dedicated to preserving american wild horses and burros in viable free-roaming herds for generations to come, as part of our national heritage.
Programs: Driving change through awareness and empowerment: advocacy/education awhc is the leading voice for wild horse and burro protection in america. In 2017, we were included in media stories -- including features on abc and cbs news and hbo vice -- an average of ten times per month, raising awareness about the plight of our mustangs and generating the public support necessary to save them. Our high profile social media campaign "i'm with the band" recruited major celebrities and thousands of citizens nationwide to the cause of wild horse protection, and spread the word over social media with high quality graphics and videos. We also empower our supporters to speak up by creating easy-to-use action alerts that generated hundreds of thousands of calls, letters, emails and petition signatures in defense of mustangs in 2017. We are the only organization in the u. S. That ran television commercials and rented billboards in key areas educating people about the dangers facing wild horses and inspiring people to speak up to protect them.
stopping mass slaughter and protecting history: grassroots and government advocacyawhc continues to be the line that stands between our wild horses and burros and mass destruction. Our no-holds-barred grassroots campaign played a key role in stopping the interior department from implementing a policy of mass killing and slaughter that would have resulted in the destruction of as many as 90,000 wild horses and burros in holding facilities and on the range. Our work ensured that the voice of the american people - 80 percent of whom oppose slaughter and want wild horses and burros protected on our public lands -- was heard by congress and government policy makers.
legal precedents for protection: litigation our expert legal team continued to accumulate precedent setting wins in 2017, including an idaho lower court decision affirming the bureau of land managements (blms) legal mandate to manage wild horse in self sustaining herds and protect their natural behaviors. We also scored two appellate court victories: the ninth circuit granted our motion to dismiss a livestock industry lawsuit seeking the roundup and slaughter of thousands of wild horses and burros, while the dc circuit vacated a u. S. Forest service decision to shrink the size of californias largest and most significant wild horse territory. Our legal efforts provided a critical defense for wild horses and burros in the west against efforts by the government and special interests to destroy these iconic animals and reduce their habitat.