Robert Redford, Ed Harris, Elle Fanning, Ian Somerhalder and countless other equine enthusiasts joined The Humane Society of the United States to draw attention to the threat posed to wild horses and burros.

 "My family and I stand strongly against horse slaughter and against our government harming our wild horses," said actor and director Ed Harris. "I am pleading that a humane and common sense solution to the management of our wild horse population be mandated by Congress in keeping with the spirit of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act."

Provisions in the budget proposed by the administration would allow the BLM to kill captured wild horses or sell them without restriction—a change that would enable buyers to purchase wild horses on the cheap and haul them to Canada or Mexico for slaughter.

We Stand with America's Wild Horses and Burros

Our nation's iconic wild horses are fighting for their lives and we cannot stand by silently and let that happen.

We the undersigned call on Congress to oppose provisions in the president's 2018 budget that threatens the lives of tens of thousands of wild horses and burros that will be senselessly killed or easily sold to those who would profit from their slaughter.

For decades, we have had available humane solutions, which would keep wild equines on the range and save tax dollars. Sadly, agencies continue to discredit proven alternatives instead of committing to implement them.

The American people have repeatedly and resoundingly called for wild horses and burros—the descendants of the animals who helped build our country, made our own freedom possible and shaped a vital part of our cultural heritage—to live free on the range.

As a nation, we can and must do better.

Respectfully, Robert Redford, Actor, Director, Advocate; Governor Bill Richardson, Politician; Wendie Malick, Actress, Advocate; Willie Nelson, Musician, Advocate; Ed Harris, Actor, Director; Amy Madigan, Actress; Lily Harris, Student; Elle Fanning, Actress; Ian Somerhalder, Actor; Carol Burnett, Actress; Ali MacGraw, Actress; Dr. Ross MacPhee Professor and Curator of Mammals, AMNH; Allen Rutberg, PhD, North Grafton, MA.; Bonnie-Jill Laflin, Fox Sports / BBC sportscaster; Priscilla Presley, Actress, Entrepreneur; Noah Wyle, Actor; Sam Elliott, Actor; Katherine Ross, Actress; Robert Gossett, Actor; Claire Forlani, Actress; Dougray Scott, Actor; Debbie Levin, CEO Environmental Media Association; Huey Lewis, Musician; Diane Warren, Songwriter; Scarlet Rivera, Musician; David Midthunder, Lakota Pipe Carrier, Actor; Amber Midthunder, Lakota Dancer, Actress; John Fusco, Writer; David Franzoni, Screenwriter, Geologist; Petrine Day Mitchum, Author, Film Historian; Robert Knott, Writer, Producer, Actor; Rex Linn, Actor; Rachael Worby, Artistic Director MUSE/IQUE; Lance Bass, Producer, Singer; Jill Rappaport, Media host, Advocate; Ed Asner, Actor; Mike Smith, Hall of Fame Jockey; Peri Gilpin, Actress; Laraine Newman, Actress, Comedian; Laura San Giacomo, Actress; Frances Fisher, Actress; Anjelica Huston, Actress; Jessika Van, Actress; Ray Abruzzo, Actor; Dan Lauria, Actor; Victory Tischler-Blue, Producer, Photographer; Tony Stromberg, Photographer; Amber Valletta, Actress; Kimberly Van Der Beek, Producer; Hart Bochner, Actor; Daryl Wein, Writer, Director; Olivia Newton John, Singer, Actress; Mickey Rourke, Actor; Jeff Franklin, Creator / Executive Producer; John Stamos, Actor; Beth Behrs, Actress; and Drew Carey, Comedian / Host

Responses to "Celebrities Call for an End to Mass Slaughter of Wild Horses "

  1. Maya says:

    Wild horses belong to your landscape and your culture. The fight must go on ! From France I am with you.

  2. AJ says:

    Thank you!

  3. Anonymous says:

    My husband and I have been photographing these magnificent animals for 20+ years. We definitely stand with you against this cowardly death sentence our (not sure they are ours) Senators and Representatives are planning for these amazing animals. I am furious that greed over-rules compassion! Do the work it takes to find a humane solution!!!!!!!!!!
    Evanston, WY

  4. Carol Bowen says:

    I have always loved horses and the freedom they represent. I have never understood why the female horses cannot be fixed so they cannot reproduce. At least some of them to keep the population down. I would like for my great grandchildren to still have the opportunity to see herds of wild horses running free

  5. This is unthinkable, there has to be a humane way to remedy the situation. Wild horses have every right to be here just as we humans do, no matter what. Where do I sign the petition, how do we stop the slaughter??

  6. Anonymous says:

    Thank You Everyone for the Love !!!!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    and Help !!

  8. Gina Skelton says:

    I am one with the horses, as well. I am anti slaughter. Count me in

  9. Kim says:

    Leave the wild horses alone. We took the Indians' land so don't take them also.

  10. I am so pleased that celebs have come out in favour of stopping actions against wild horses.
    American politicians, you should be ashamed at your inaction. Do something useful for once in your lives.
    The world is watching you!

  11. Unknown says:

    So glad that celebs are joining in with saving the Mustangs. By celebrities joining in with their support it does help the cause. Thank you.

  12. Stop the murder of our wild horses. Seems everything that is wild is now being destroyed by our government. From Wolves to Horses. They have a right to survive as they have done for hundreds of years. Anything that is a threat to the ranchers and their cattle is being destroyed.

  13. there is no need to dispose of any animal, they are meant to roam free as all living and breathing are meant to be free...

  14. I would like to donate to a wildlife refugee and help me to get started on helping all animals, which are either abused and or need some love and attention. If anyone would like to donate and help me to fund this awesome opportunity, please contact me at, and then from there I can speak with you over the phone. I know that there is allot of people with extra monies that would like to help, yes you do not know me, and I will tell you that I am sincere in beginning this journey to help assist animals. And in order for that to begin I will require some help.
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  15. These mustangs are part of our heritage let them b FREE

  16. It's so sad for this Mustangs😢

  17. key1cindy says:

    If humans and government could leave the horses alone, there wouldn't be a problem to start with! Thank you all for standing up for our iconic horses!

  18. Anonymous says:

    You realize of course that the horse was an introduced species? In Canada they got rid of the wild ones on the Sheffield Army base. They were destroying the habitat for the Pronghorn Antelope. I believe there are cows in there now. I suppose the states will do the same thing. They want the range land for the cattle.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Wish they had also mentioned domesticated horses who are being sent to slaughter. I see truckloads of horses going down the highways, some with Auction stickers on their butts, probably headed to Mexico for slaughter. It sickens me to the core. There are some cold, cold, greedy people out there who'll do anything to innocent animals for money.

  20. Anonymous says:

    It should be for all horses wild and domesticated. Here in Nevada our wild horses are almost gone and its a shame.I hope this will change and maybe President Trump can do something about it like change the laws.

  21. Just a few hundred moved to special protected area I each state would Solve the problem. Hope Somebody reads this idea.

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