I Stand with Wild Horses Website Launches to Stop Cruel Helicopter Roundups

i stand with wild horses

The filmmaking team behind the documentary “Wild Beauty: Mustang Spirit of the West” have launched a new website called IStandWithWildHorses.com to raise awareness of the dangerous practice of using helicopters to round up wild horses that can lead to injury or even death to wild horses.

i stand with wild horses

In Ashley Avis’s documentary, “Wild Beauty: Mustang Spirit of the West,” the disturbing practice employed by the Bureau of Land Management of using private helicopter companies to chase wild horses into captivity. The use of aircraft to scare and chase wild horses is inhumane and can cause injury or death on the horses.

Avis learned about the dangerous practice of using helicopters in wild horse roundups in the Western United states during the production and filming of Disney’s “Black Beauty”, starring Kate Winslet and  Mackenzie Foy. “Black Beauty” was written, edited, and directed by Avis.

The “I Stand With Wild Horses” website serves as a platform for wild horse advocates to support critical legislation to stop dangerous helicopter roundups of wild horses.

Representatives Dina Titus (D-NV), David Schweikert (R-AZ) and Steve Cohen (D-TN), have introduced the Wild Horse and Burro Protection Act of 2023 as updated legislation to the US House of Representatives to amend the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 to stop helicopter horse roundups.

The homepage provides direct links for users to contact their elected representatives, enabling them to voice their concerns and advocate for the protection of wild horses. The website also encourages visitors to sign a pledge expressing their support for humane management practices and the improvement of existing laws. Additionally, users can participate in the movement by sharing social media photos and letters featuring the hashtag #IStandWithWildHorses and the message “I Stand With Wild Horses.”

The petition, letters, and social media posts collected through the website will be presented to Congress on June 22, 2023, accompanied by the award-winning documentary “Wild Beauty: Mustang Spirit of the West.” The aim is to provide a comprehensive representation of the public’s concern and demonstrate the urgency of protecting these magnificent creatures. “Wild Beauty: Mustang Spirit of the West” is available on streaming and video on demand.