Advocacy

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.

The only hope for America’s wild horses is the American people. Return to Freedom advocates for solutions to protect and preserve our wild horses and their habitat. We invite you to join us in protecting wild horses and securing their rightful home on America’s western landscape.

What can you do to help?

Lots of times, young people in school feel there is little they can do to help causes that they believe in. But you know what? Wild Horse Annie proved how much young people could do to help wild horses. And, there are things you can do that would really help Return to Freedom.

Currently we have more than 350 horses at our Sanctuary. And we have to make sure they are all fed and cared for. Also, in order to save even more horses, we need more land.

Please consider how you, your class or youth group can sponsor a horse that lives here. Your help could mean so much!

Take action: Tell Congress to oppose budget proposals that threaten wild horses!

May 26th, 2017|Comments Off on Take action: Tell Congress to oppose budget proposals that threaten wild horses!

 

America’s wild horses and burros need your voice.

On May 23, President Donald Trump released a 2018 budget proposal that includes provisions that place thousands of captured wild horses and burros at grave risk of taxpayer-funded

Groups say budget proposal would lead to horse slaughter

May 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Groups say budget proposal would lead to horse slaughter

 

Take action: Click here to send a letter to Congress.

As published by Elko Daily Free Press

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was among groups denouncing the Trump administration’s proposed federal budget

Ancient DNA paints a picture of horse occupation in what is now Switzerland

May 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Ancient DNA paints a picture of horse occupation in what is now Switzerland

 

As published by Horsetalk.co.nz

The changing fortunes of wild horses over the last 41,000 years in the area that is now Switzerland have been described by researchers, who investigated mitochondrial DNA in ancient remains.

Researchers from the University

A driving force for hope behind 900-horse rescue, Griffin-Soffel joins RTF in conservation effort

May 24th, 2017|Comments Off on A driving force for hope behind 900-horse rescue, Griffin-Soffel joins RTF in conservation effort

 

Not long after their first phone conversation about a still-unfolding crisis involving hundreds of horses in South Dakota, Patricia Griffin-Soffel and Neda DeMayo adopted a mantra:

Leave no horse behind.

Last October, having learned about a whistleblower’s