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The AWHPC is a broad-based coalition of more than 50 public interest groups, environmentalists, humane organizations and historical societies representing over 10 million supporters. A campaign, as opposed to a stand alone organization, the AWHPC operates under the 501C3 structure of Return to Freedom, which is its parent organization.
AWHPC was formed in 2004 by Return to Freedom to provide a unified voice against the unparalled threat to wild horses and burros created by the Burns Amendment. Sponsored by former Senator Conrad Burns of Montana, the amendment stripped protections in the federal Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act by allowing for the sale "without limitation" of unadoptable wild horses and burros. This opened the door to mass slaughter of these national icons -- a threat that looms over the heads of captured mustangs to this day.
The AWHPC Coalition is calling for Congressional leadership to reform the government’s wild horse management policies and restore protections to wild horses and burros under federal law. Specifically, AWHPC is seeking a redirection of federal resources to in-the-wild management of wild horses and burros, which would keep these animals on the range and save taxpayers millions annually by avoiding the mass removal and stockpiling wild horses in government holding facilities. AWHPC also seeks to repeal "unlimited sale authority" for unadoptable wild horses and burros.
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