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!

Wild Horse Rangers- Teens Take A Walk On The Wild Side!

On June 26, 2015, 6  teenage Return to Freedom Wild Horse Rangers, ventured out to see how the wild horses on the Fish Creek Herd Management Area (HMA) in Eureka, Nevada were handling the drought after

URGENT: Please sign the petition to stop the Forest Service from eliminating The Salt River Wild Horse Herd.

Go directly to the petition: http://chn.ge/1IDYoPj The US Forest Service (FS) has decided that the Salt River Wild Horses are "estray" livestock and a danger to the public. An injunction is being filed today by the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group. The U.S. Forest Service is planning to remove about 100 wild horses from their home range where they have lived since at least the1800s and have co-existed peacefully with the local community and active recreation activities. The horses have been an attraction, treasured and enjoyed by all who see them.

Governor Bill Richardson, The Foundation to Protect New Mexico Wildlife and Return to Freedom support efforts to protect the Salt River Wild Horse Herd

 For Immediate Release
August 5, 2015
Contact:
Foundation to Protect New Mexico Wildlife
Alarie Ray-Garcia
505-573-9496Return to Freedom
Neda DeMayo
805-588-5105

 

SANTA FE, NM. The Foundation to Protect New Mexico Wildlife, founded by Governor Bill Richardson and Robert Redford, and Return to Freedom Wild

Robert Redford and Return to Freedom Wild Horse Conservation, urge support for Federal Legislation Protect America’s Horses from Slaughter

On April 22, 2015, legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives. The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) ACT (H.R. 1942), was introduced by Reps. Frank Guinta (R-N.H.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.), and

Stallion News

# 5398
Captured: February 27, 2015
Crime: Freedom
Recently, National attention has focused on the plight of a beautiful 25-year old wild grulla stallion who was captured by the BLM from his home in the Sulphur HMA.

 

Rescue efforts are

Robert Redford and Return to Freedom, Wild Horse Preservation and Sanctuary support Federal Legislation Introduced to Protect America’s Horses from Slaughter

Lompoc, California -April 28, 2015 — Legislation was introduced last week, (April 22,2015), to prevent horse slaughter operations within the U.S., and stop the sale and transport of American horses over U.S. borders to be

BLM returns wild horses to range near Eureka, despite protests

RENO — Despite the protests of a rural county and rancher, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has returned some 160 wild horses to the range in central Nevada.

The agency returned the horses to the

Response to Sulphur Springs Elder Stallions

# 3907 , # 5378 AND # 5422
 

I have received an outpouring of concern from members of the public regarding these senior Sulphur Springs Stallions captured during the roundup on February 27, 2015. We are

Wild Horses Return to Freedom At Fish Creek

(EUREKA, NV ), Today 162 of the 432 wild horses captured in February by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from the Fish Creek Herd Management Area (HMA) in Eureka, Nevada – were returned to

FEDERAL PLAN TO ROUND UP HORSES FOR SLAUGHTER SPARKS OUTRAGE

More than 11,000 citizens have joined the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC), Wild Horse Education, and Return to Freedom in expressing outrage over the U.S. Forest Service’s (USFS’s) proposal to use tax dollars to

Nevada Dept. of Agriculture Signs Precedent-Setting Agreement with Advocates to Protect Historic Virginia Range Horses

Agreement finalizes plan to humanely manage the state’s wild horses

(Carson City, Nev.) March 17, 2015 – Today, Return to Freedom, the founding organization of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC), signed a cooperative agreement

Water Crisis: Continued Drought Wreaking Havoc for the Sanctuary

On February 15th 2015 we began hauling water to the sanctuary daily!

Nevada Wild Horse Management Agreement Approved By Board of Agriculture

Carson City, Nevada – March 4, 2015 – Today, the Nevada Board of Agriculture voted eight to one approving a cooperative agreement between the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) and Return to Freedom, the founding organization

Federal Court Rules BLM Violated Law in Wyoming Wild Horse Roundup

Laramie, Wyoming — March 4, 2015 — Today U.S. District Court of Wyoming Chief Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal issued an order stating that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) violated the National Environmental Policy Act

Monday: Federal Court to Hear Lawsuit Against Massive BLM Wild Horse Roundup

Advocates Defend Mustangs Against Government and Grazing Association

Laramie, WY – Wild horse advocates will square off against the U.S. government, ranchers and the State of Wyoming on Monday, when the U.S. District Court of Wyoming hears oral arguments in a high-profile lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for its massive “Checkerboard Roundup” conducted last fall, in which 1,263 wild horses were permanently removed from their homes on the range in southwestern Wyoming.

Cattlemen Fight Wild Horse Birth Control Program to Continue Welfare Ranching on Federal Land

Eureka County, Nevada (February 23, 2015)… Wild horse advocates today blasted a group of Nevada “welfare ranchers” for blocking the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) planned release of nearly 200 wild horses back to the range in

BLM holds off on plan to return 186 mustangs to range in NV

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is holding off on plans to return 186 wild horses to the range in central Nevada pending the review of an appeal filed by a rancher and rural county opposed to the move.

Stand off in the Sagebrush Obstructs Pioneering Efforts for Wild Horses

(Eureka, NV, February 21, 2015) On February 13, 2015, the wild horse roundup began on the Fish Creek Herd Management Area in Eureka, Nevada. After six days, 424 horses were captured.

Opening Day Celebration 2015

To Register for this event click here

 

For sponsorships and other inquiries, please contact RTF or Michele Cardella @ (310) 871-2699

Court Grants Wild Horse Advocates Right to Intervene in State of Wyoming Anti-Mustang Lawsuit

Cheyenne, WY (January 7, 2014) . . . On Monday, January 5, 2015, the U.S. District for the District of Wyoming granted a motion by the American Wild Horse Preservation

Campaign, The Cloud Foundation, Return to Freedom, and

Robert Redford joins Board of Directors. Read what noted Actor/Director Robert Redford has to say about Return to Freedom

Wyoming Sues Feds Over Wild Horse Management-December 10, 2014

Wyoming Sues Feds Over Wild Horse Management. December 10, 2014

National Defense Appropriations Act Scheduled for Senate Vote this Week-December 9, 2014

Wyoming Sues Feds Over Wild Horse Management. December 10, 2014

Wild Horse Advocates Blast Governor Mead for Suit Against Feds Over Wild Horses-December 9, 2014

Wild Horse Advocates Blast Governor Mead for Suit Against Feds Over Wild Horses. December 9, 2014

PRESS RELEASE: New exhibit Wild Spirit: Horses in Art

 

P R E S S   R E L E A S E

For Immediate Release

December3, 2014

 

 

Contact:  Jessica McLoughlin

jessica@wildlingmuseum.org

805.686.8315

 

WHO: Wildling Museum and Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary

WHAT:  New exhibit Wild Spirit: Horses in Art

WHEN:  January 17, 2015 – June

Giving Tuesday 12/3/2014

Mystic
Proud lead stallion who arrived from Hart Mountain in 1999 – was a great nurturer, educator and protector. He was one of the luckier ones who was relocated from capture to sanctuary with his family

Holiday Appreciation Party! Please join us on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 from 12 pm – 3 pm

Please join us on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 from 12 pm – 3 pm for Return to Freedom’s annual Holiday Appreciation Party!

Robert Redford: Protect Our Wild Horses-November 3, 2014

We can protect our environment, and give wild horses the freedom they deserve.

From Pumpkins to Parties… It’s That Season

It's that time of year . . . Pumpkin spiced everything and time to start thinking about holiday gatherings and all we have to be grateful for.

BLM Nevada Advisory Council Endorses Fertility Control Plan-October 20, 2014

The result, in Nations’ words: “We knocked the ball out of the park!” The presentations were excellent, informative and well received, and the RAC unanimously endorsed Nation’s PZP pilot program.

National group, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, has doubts about BLM study on burros- September 18, 2014

by Zachary Matson

A Washington D.C.-based nonprofit on Tuesday released an analysis of Bureau of Land Management data that calls into question the agency’s study of the relative habitat impacts of wild horse and burros, and cattle grazing.

Court Allows Wyoming Roundup-September 12, 2014

Return to Freedom, along with the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign and several coalition members, filed a motion for an injunction to stop the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from rounding up nearly half of

Federal Court Allows Wild Horse Advocates to Intervene in Utah Rancher Lawsuit- September 11, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH... Late last week, the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah granted a motion by the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC), The Cloud Foundation, Return to Freedom, photographer John Steele and wild horse advocate Lisa Friday to intervene in a lawsuit filed by the Western Rangeland Conservation Association and Utah ranchers against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The lawsuit seeks to compel the BLM to immediately round up hundreds of wild horses in Iron and Beaver Counties so that the ranchers can graze their livestock on public lands in the area.

Appellate Court Denies Emergency Motion and Allows Unprecedented Wyoming Wild Horse Roundup That Turns Over Public Lands to Private Livestock Interest- September 10, 2014

Denver, CO… Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit denied an emergency motion to block the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) wild horse roundup in the Wyoming Checkerboard. The motion was filed by the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC), The Cloud Foundation, Return to Freedom and wild horse photographers, Carol Walker and Kimerlee Curyl.

BLM Wyoming Wild Horse Roundup Delayed as Advocates Appeal to Tenth Circuit-September 3, 2014

Denver, CO

Yesterday evening, the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC), The Cloud Foundation, Return to Freedom and wild horse photographers, Carol Walker and Kimerlee Curyl, filed an emergency motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit to block a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wild horse roundup in the Wyoming Checkerboard proposed for this month.

Leading Water to Horses-September 1, 2014

Water is Trucked into Local Horse Sanctuary After Well Runs Dry

By Sarah Bush News-Press Correspondent

A local wild horse rescue group may be the latest victim of the worst drought in California’s history.

Court Grants Emergency Injunction to Delay BLM Wyoming Wild Horse Roundup-August 29, 2014

Cheyenne, WY

Late yesterday, the U.S. District Court in Wyoming granted an emergency injunction to delay until September 12 the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) planned roundup of more than 800 wild horses from public and private lands in the Adobe Town, Salt Wells Creek and Great Divide Basin Herd Management Areas (HMAs) in an area known as the Wyoming checkerboard.

Water Crisis at the Sanctuary

This truck was hauling emergency water to the sanctuary!

The extended drought in the west has left our hills barren of forage
and has caused the price of hay to rise.
 On August 27th the unthinkable happened. Our

The Mane Attraction: A Horse Sculpture Auction-August 21, 2014

By Michael Miller
By the time a lucky winner takes it home, the fiberglass horse being painted at Art-A-Fair may resemble the boldly adorned mustangs that Native American tribes rode across the plains centuries ago.

Award Winning Independent Film “American Mustang” Screening in Santa Barbara to benefit Return to Freedom-August 21, 2014.

Award Winning Independent Film “American Mustang” Screening in Santa Barbara to benefit Return to Freedom.

Date & Time
Thursday, September 11, 2014
5:30pm – VIP Reception
7:30pm – Screening
at The New Vic Theatre
33 W. Victoria
Santa Barbara, CA

Rey and Kristine

Willamina was found alone just days after her birth. Rejected by her mother, this little foal needed a miracle to survive-August 21, 2014

Willamina was born on May 4th, in a herd of wild Calico mares. Just days after her birth, it was noticed that Willamina was alone and abandoned. Sadly, this sometimes happens in the herd. For

Update on Sheldon FWS Mass Removal of all Wild Horses and Burros-August 17, 2014

Photos and Update: Steve Paige

In a massive 10-day roundup that ended August 14,  an estimated 307 wild horses and 18 burros were captured and permanently removed from their home at the Sheldon National Fish and

Return to Freedom Wild Horse Ranger Steve Paige is on site to bear witness-August 8, 2014.

“This wild horse was put down at the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge on Aug 11, 2014 after being rounded from beyond the distant horizon. It was then pushed for miles by a team of helicopters

BLM Postpones Wyoming Roundup in Face of Lawsuit-August 11, 2014

In response to the lawsuit filed by Return to Freedom and other coalition partners, BLM’s planned capture and removal of over 800 wild horses from Wyoming’s Great Divide Basin, Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek

BLM Delays Wyoming Wild Horse Roundup As Preliminary Injunction Motion Filed-August 11, 2014

Rock Springs, WY  (August 11, 2014)….The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has agreed to delay the proposed roundup of more than 800 wild horses in Wyoming to allow the court time to rule on a

Wildlife Service has begun to roundup the remaining wild horses of the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge-August 7, 2014

This Sheldon foal is safe at the sanctuary.
His relatives in the wild are not. 
The Roundup of the Last Wild Horses of the Sheldon Refuge Has Begun . . . 
August 7, 2014
It is with a heavy

Lawsuit Filed to Halt BLM’s Scheduled Wild Horse Roundup on the Wyoming Checkerboard- August 1, 2014

32,000+ Citizens Sign Petition to Protest Pending Removal of 800+ Mustangs from Designated Habitat Areas

Casper, WY (August 1, 2014) – The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC), The Cloud Foundation, and Return to Freedom today filed a lawsuit in federal court in Wyoming to block the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from rounding up over 800 wild horses from the Adobe Town, Salt Wells and Divide Basin Herd Management Areas (HMAs) in the southwestern part of the state. In just over a week, over 32,000 citizens signed a petition protesting this pending roundup.

Tell BLM Not To Ship Our Burros To An Uncertain Fate- July 18, 2014

In an ill-conceived pilot program, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning to send 100 wild burros (rounded up and removed from public lands) to Guatemala where they will live their life in servitude as “beasts of burden” for residents in Guatemala.

Return to Freedom Wild Horse Preservation Foundation responds to concerns over Yakima wild horse roundups- June 11, 2014

Photo credit: Deanna Morehouse

June 13, 2014-The Yakama Reservation, spread over one million acres in Southwestern Washington, is home to some 12,000 wild and feral horses. In an effort to reduce their numbers the tribe is

Record Number of Americans Protest Wild Horse Roundup Scheduled to Appease Handful of Utah Ranchers. June 2, 2014

Utah’s Sulphur Springs Herd- Soon at Risk————Photo: Sandy Sharkey

Record Number of Americans Protest Wild Horse Roundup Scheduled to Appease Handful of Utah Ranchers

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AMERICAN WILD HORSE PRESERVATION CAMPAIGN

35,000+ Citizens

Record Number of Americans Protest Wild Horse Roundup Scheduled to Appease Handful of Utah Ranchers-June 2, 2014

(CEDAR CITY, Utah) – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has received a record number of public comments from over 35,000 individual citizens protesting a planned roundup of hundreds of wild horses from public lands in southwestern Utah, the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) and its founding organization Return to Freedom announced today. The BLM is scheduling the roundup to appease a small  but vocal group of ranchers in Iron and Beaver Counties who view mustangs as competition for taxpayer-subsidized grazing on public lands where wild horses live. According to the Congressional Research Service, the BLM charges ranchers grazing fees on public land that are approximately 1/12th of market rate.

Federal Court Asked to Toss Nevada Ranchers Anti-Mustang Lawsuit- May 29, 2014

(RENO, Nev.) – The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) author, Terri Farley, and wild horse photographer, Mark Terrell, filed a motion to dismiss in a lawsuit filed by the Nevada Association of Counties (NACO) and the Nevada Farm Bureau against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the U.S. District Court of Nevada. On April 3 the court granted AWHPC, Farley, and Terrell permission to intervene in the case. The motion to dismiss highlights the plaintiffs’ lack of standing and legal basis for the action.

Utah Governor Making Scapegoats of Wild Horses – May 17, 2014

Wild horse advocates have accused Utah’s governor of using wild horses as a scapegoat for range damage caused by private livestock.

The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, its parent organization Return to Freedom, and its coalition

Tribe, Robert Redford Group OK Wild Horses Plan- May 1, 2014

The Washington Post – May 1, 2014

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation and a group founded by former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and actor Robert Redford said Thursday they have agreed on a plan to manage thousands of wild horses on the reservation and keep the animals from being sent to slaughter houses.

Utah Ranchers Sue BLM, Demand Removal of Wild Horses- May 1, 2014

The Salt Lake Tribune – May 1, 2014
Article by Kristen Moulton

Judge asked to order federal agency to comply with wild horse act

Thirteen ranchers in southwestern and central Utah are asking a federal judge to order the Bureau of Land Management to control the burgeoning number of wild horses that share the range with their cattle and sheep.

America’s Wild Horses Have a Voice at Rolex Three-Day Event, Kentucky Horse Park- April 24, 2014

This week, in the heart of Kentucky’s horse country, America’s wild horses have a voice. During Rolex’s thirty-seventh annual three-day event at Kentucky Horse Park, Return to Freedom (RTF), American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC)

BLM Called Upon to Protect Range and Federally-Protected Wild Horses: Remove All Livestock During Drought- April 15, 2014

Private Commercial Livestock Special Interests Dominate Gov’t Advisory Board as They Target Wild Horses for Range Damage Caused By Private Livestock
Sacramento, CA (April 15, 2014) …. Today, the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC), a

Letter from Meyer Glitzenstein and Crystal on behalf of Return to Freedom, AWHPC and The Cloud Foundation

As tensions escalate in Iron County Utah, Attorney’s representing Return To Freedom, AWHPC and The Cloud Foundation, sent a letter to the BLM reminding them that it is a Federal crime for the public to

Animal Advocates Sue U.S. Forest Service Over California Wild Horses-March 24, 2014

San Francisco, CA — March 24, 2014 – Today, a coalition of animal and environmental groups filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to stop the U.S. Forest Service from eliminating thousands of acres of protected territory and rounding up as much as 80% of the wild horses in the Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory in northeast California’s Modoc National Forest. Roundups mean herding horses into corrals using helicopters and separating them from their families — and frequently leads to their sale for slaughter in Mexico and Canada.

Wendie Malick shares RTF photos on ‘The View’ -March, 17th, 2014

Thank you to all the wonderful ladies from Hot in Cleveland!

Actress and co-star of Hot in Cleveland, Wendie Malick shared photos on ABC’s The View of the horses at Return to Freedom Sanctuary whom

Horse slaughter could become county option before OK Legislature

Critics of horse slaughter asked a lawmaker to give a bill a hearing that could lead to up or down votes on the facilities. Last year, lawmakers passed and Gov. Mary Fallin signed a measure to lift the state ban on horse slaughtering. However, federal funding for inspections has not been forthcoming, essentially putting such facilities on hold.

Why the Interior Department desperately needs beat reporters

The federal agency’s treatment of wild horses has been scandalously poor. But you wouldn’t know it from reading the newspaper.

America needs a few aggressive journalists to uncover the ways in which the Interior Department is captive to the priorities of the industries it is supposed to regulate.

Robert Redford helps raise awareness for Return to Freedom and America’s horses

By Nora K. Wallace, Santa Barbara News-Press Staff Writer; February 9, 2014 12:15 AM For some 16 years, Neda DeMayo has worked tirelessly in her quest to preserve the last of America’s wild horses and the open lands on which they run. She has lobbied politicians, been a relentless fundraiser, and has given her life to a heartfelt advocacy that led to the creation of the 300-acre Return to Freedom Wild Horse Preservation and Sanctuary in Lompoc.

Rescue Urgent: Virginia Range Horses from Steamboat

The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) recently informed Return to Freedom that it is holding 32 wild Virginia Range horses at the Carson City Prison. These horses were removed from the range and will be sent to a slaughter auction if we cannot find placement for them.

Calico Roundup Remembered Today

4 years ago today the dust settled on one of the most tragic and deadly wild horse roundups in US history. Today, Return to Freedom honors and remembers the Calico horses who lost their freedom,

Wild Horses in Santa Barbara Promote ‘Roaming Wild’ Movie

Two Spanish Colonial horses on a walk in downtown were part of the promotional tour for the movie “Roaming Wild,” in the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

NV Seeks New Homes for Captured Wild Horses

The Nevada Department of Agriculture is reaching out to residents who may be interested in adopting wild horses captured in the Virginia Range near Reno. Deniz Bolbol, Communications Director for the Return to Freedom American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, which handles the adoptions, said 15 of the animals recently were rounded up and are being housed at the Carson City prison.

The Year of the Horse starts with a WIN for America’s Horses!

The Year of the Horse begins with a Win for America’s Horses!

On January 17, President Obama signed the 2014 budget bill which denies funding for USDA inspections of horse slaughter facilities, thereby reinstating the ban on horse slaughter in the U.S. Not only will this save approximately $5 million of our tax dollars, it echoes the sentiment of the majority of Americans who do not approve of the horse as a food commodity.

Appropriations Committee Approves the Fiscal Year 2014 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

The Fiscal Year 2014 Agriculture Appropriations Bill has been released and includes language to de-fund the inspection of horse meat at horse slaughter plants, effectively making it impossible for the plants to operate. It is expected that the bill will pass as written without further modification. The year of the horse indeed!

Wild Horses Threatened in Wyoming’s Great Divide Basin

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO ACT!

Call for comments: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has opened a comment period to hear public input concerning the management of wild horses in Wyoming’s Great Divide Basin by Friday, January 10, 2014. You may contact the BLM by mail or email with your thoughts; please be courteous.

Horse slaughterhouse notifies AG of intent to sue for slander, harassment, abuse of process

The Republic, January 6; by Jeri Clausing

The owners of a Roswell company mired in legal disputes over its attempts to resume domestic horse slaughter have notified New Mexico Attorney General Gary King they intend to sue his office for slander, harassment, conspiracy and abuse of process.

Are horses livestock? DNR weighs question as it considers horse-slaughter permit

News Leader, January 6, 2014; Deirdre Shesgreen

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will help determine the fate of a proposed horse slaughter plant later this month, as state officials weigh a permit application that would allow the facility to begin processing equines in Gallatin.

Join Return to Freedom and Robert Redford in Fight to Protect America’s Wild and Domestic Horses

On December 17, 1971, President Richard Nixon honored the united and determined voice of the American people by signing into law the 1971 American Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act. The act, designed to protect our dwindling wild herds and their habitat from the encroachment of special interest, truly represented the will of the people, who wanted their wild horses protected.

Celebrate the Spirit of the Horse! December 13, National Day of The Horse

“Look back at our struggle for freedom; trace our present day’s strength to its source; and you’ll find that man’s pathway to glory, is strewn with the bones of the horse.”

From the backs of horses, we have built and conquered nations. During World War I, more than one million horses died for human freedom; in one day alone, 7,000 equines poured their innocent blood onto the smoky battlefields. Most of those horses were American horses; specifically, wild horses — descendants of the animals who built our nation — and who had been rounded up and shipped overseas to carry our soldiers into battle.

Holiday Open House at the Sanctuary- Sat Dec 7

Please join us this Saturday, December 7th from 2-4pm for a holiday open house at the sanctuary. We will celebrate the joy of the season with holiday music and snacks in our barn, and we

Thank You!

Thank you for supporting Return to Freedom by sponsoring a horse. Your monthly contribution helps us to provide the daily feed and care needed for the horse you are sponsoring. Your gift is also tax

Give Gifts That Make a Difference this Holiday Season . . . Visit Our Online Store or Sponsor a Horse as a Gift

Tired of fighting the crowds and trying to find something for everyone on your list? Consider giving gifts that make a difference this year! There are many ways that you can support Return to Freedom and America’s wild horses while you shop!

Navajo President Shelly and Former New Mexico Gov. Richardson Form Agreement

FARMINGTON, N.M. – Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson have reached an agreement in principle in which the Navajo Nation would suspend horse round-ups, making way to halting the sale of Navajo horses to horse-processing plants.

BLM Considers Plan To Diminish CA Wild Horse Herd

30 miles east of Cedarville, CA, is the Massacre Lake Herd Management Area in Washoe County, NV. This 40,000-acre parcel of public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is home to a wild horse herd that is about 160-180 head. For 25 years, this herd has been untouched and left to roam the vast acreage of their range land.

California Mission Ride to arrive in Solvang today

TRAVELERS SPENT PAST 10 DAYS IN SAN LUIS OBISPO AND SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES

A group of horseback riders and filmmakers will make their way to the Missions of the Central Coast this week as part of a state-wide ride they are planning to turn into a documentary.

The California Mission Ride began last year with the northern trek, during which the group visited the missions between Sonoma and San Miguel over a one-month period. The ride picked up Sept. 14 at the Mission San Miguel and it will navigate through the Central Coast over the next week.

Bingo for Wild Horses!

Enjoy Bingo? Love Return to Freedom?
Join us for a night of Drag Queen Bingo on Tuesday, September 24, at 7pm at the Viva Cantina Restaurant at 900 Riverside Drive in Burbank, California, right next to

Return to Freedom featured in Horizon Travel Magazine with Noah Wyle — and in Times Square

Above: Return to Freedom is featured on a rolling digital billboard in Times Square by Horizon Travel Magazine.

RTF was also featured in this month’s issue of Horizon Travel Magazine with Noah Wyle. Horizon Travel is

10,000 Citizens Protest Feds Plan to Roundup and Send Nevada Wild Horses to Slaughter Pipeline

Interior Secretary Jewell Asked to Intervene to Stop Roundup in Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge Scheduled to Begin Monday

Denio, NV (September 5, 2013) — A national wild horse advocacy coalition — joined by thousands of American citizens — is making a last-minute plea to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to rein in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), which plans to launch a massive roundup of wild horses on the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge in northwest Nevada on Monday. According to a letter sent to Jewell by the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, the roundup is Phase 1 of the FWS’ plan to eradicate wild horses and burros from Sheldon Refuge lands, despite their historic and cultural significance to the area.

Six Colts Rescued

These six beautiful wild mustang colts are some of the “unbranded” weanlings and yearlings orphaned after the recent capture and auction of horses from the Fort McDermott Reservation. They were cleared of Coggins and loaded up yesterday morning and arrived at Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary in California last night.

Grijalva Will Headline Sept. 4 Press Conference at BLM Horse Facility Near Reno to Call for Wild Horse & Burro Management Reforms

Tucson, Ariz. — Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, the ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation, will tour and hold a press conference on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at the Palomino Valley National Adoption Center to discuss the current state and future of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Wild Horse and Burro Program.

Urgent: Help us save the Fallon slaughter-bound horses!

WE APPRECIATE ALL THE OFFERS OF HELP, HOMES, AND FUNDS FOR THE HORSES.
ANY DONATION IN ANY AMOUNT IS SO HELPFUL! PLEASE GIVE WHAT YOU CAN NOW.

Late Friday night, August 16, we received a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) — as a result of our lawsuit against the federal government — to block the sale of all unbranded horses at the Fallon Livestock Exchange in Fallon, NV, which was due to start the next day. All of the horses had been captured from the Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Reservation and surrounding public lands. Branded horses were separated from unbranded horses on Saturday morning. After visually inspecting every pen, we ensured that 149 unbranded horses were pulled from the sale.

Robert Redford Replies

There is no place in America for a foreign-driven horse slaughter industry. We are not, nor have we ever been, a horse-eating culture. Horse slaughter is a cruel and bloody business of roundups, neglect, transportation,

A Breaking News Victory: Judge Grants TRO to Stop Sale of Wild Horses At NV Slaughter Auction

Order could delay tomorrow’s sale of nearly 500 horses at Fallon Livestock Exchange

Reno, Nevada (August 16, 2013) — A federal court judge in Reno, NV, has granted a coalition of wild horse advocacy and conservation groups a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to block the sale of unbranded horses at a slaughter auction tomorrow in Fallon, Nevada. The groups sued to stop the sale of unbranded horses who were captured last weekend on public and tribal lands in northern Nevada, alleging that unbranded horses were likely federally-protected wild horses originating from the nearby Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Little Owyhee Herd Management Area.

Wild Horses and the Politics of Extinction

by Lewis Regenstein

One reason wild horses are so rarely seen is that man has, in the last few years, practically wiped them out. And although a federal law has been passed that ostensibly protects them,

Quotable Quotes

“Congress finds and declares that wild horses and burros are living symbols of the historic and pioneering spirit of the West.”
—Wild Free-Roaming Horse & Burro Act, passed by unanimous Congressional vote, 1971

“Which of these species

The Taylor Grazing Act of 1934

The Taylor Grazing Act of 1934 (P.L. 73-482) is a United States federal law that provides for the regulation of grazing on the public lands (excluding Alaska) to improve rangeland conditions and regulate their use.

The

The Wild Horse Annie Act

During the 1950s in Nevada, Velma B. Johnston, later known as Wild Horse Annie, became aware of the ruthless and indiscriminate manner in which wild horses were being gathered from the rangelands. Ranchers, hunters and

Federal Land Policy and Management Act 1976

S.507
Public Law: 94-579 (10/21/76)
SPONSOR: Sen Haskell (introduced 1/30/75)SUMMARY AS OF:
(REVISED AS OF 09/29/76 — Conference report filed in House, H. Rept. 94-1724)

Federal Land Policy and Management Act — Title I: Short Title, Declaration of Policy,

Public Rangelands Improvement Act of 1978

H.R.10587
Public Law: 95-514 (10/25/78)
SPONSOR: Rep Roncalio (introduced 1/26/78)

SUMMARY AS OF:
(REVISED AS OF 10/06/78 — Conference report filed in House, H. Rept. 95-1737)
Public Rangelands Improvement Act

Requires the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture to maintain a

Joint Resolution 1989 Recognizing Wild Horses as National Heritage

Relating to responsible management and renewed recognition honoring America’s wild horses and burros as being important national heritage resources. (Introduced in the Senate)

SJ 149 IS
101st CONGRESS
1st Session
S. J. RES. 149Relating to responsible management and renewed

GAO Report Abstract 1990

Report Abstract, 1990
Rangeland Management: Improvements Needed in Federal Wild Horse Program RCED-90-110 August 20, 1990

(GAO) reviewed the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) efforts to: (1) manage wild horses on public rangeland

Breaking News: USDA/Forest Service Shuts Down Public Observation at Controversial Wild Horse Roundup

Feds will capture and deliver hundreds of wild horses to slaughter auction in secret

Winnemucca, NV (August 8, 2013) … Yesterday, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, informed the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC), a national coalition, that it was reneging on its previous commitment to provide public observation of the taxpayer-funded helicopter roundup of wild horses on public lands in the Humboldt Toiyable National Forest. The capture operation is set to begin tomorrow, Friday, August 9, 2013, at 5 a.m., and the wild horses that are rounded up are scheduled to go to slaughter auction the following week.

Breaking News: Judge Orders Temporary Restraining Order, Slaughter Plants Cannot Operate

Breaking News: Lawsuit Filed to Stop Sale of Wild Horses at Slaughter Auction on Saturday

Wild Horse & Conservation Groups Allege Feds Failed to Protect Wild Horses in Tribal Roundup; 467 Horses Await Fate at Slaughter Auction

Reno, Nevada (August 16, 2013) — A coalition of wild horse advocacy and conservation groups last night filed a federal lawsuit to block the sale of wild horses at a slaughter auction in Fallon, Nevada, scheduled for August 17, 2013. The horses were rounded up off public and tribal lands in northern Nevada last weekend after the U.S. Forest Service pulled the plug on a federally-funded helicopter roundup operation that had been scheduled to begin August 9.

Feds Stand by as Unbranded, Federally Protected Wild Horses Captured and Sent to Slaughter Auction

Roundup Proceeds on Tribal Grounds Despite Federal “Stop Work” Order

Documents Implicate Feds in Horse-Laundering Scheme

Winnemucca, NV (August 12, 2013) — Late yesterday, the U.S. Forest Service notified a coalition of wild horse advocacy and conservation groups that it was “issuing a stop order” to helicopter wranglers hired to roundup hundreds of wild horses on Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and tribal lands on the Ft. McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Reservation on the Nevada/Oregon Border and transport them to a slaughter auction.

Breaking News: USDA Postpones Controversial Round Up of Wild Horses for Slaughter

Winnemucca, NV (August 8, 2013) — Late today, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) issued a two-sentence press release indicating that it was postponing the controversial roundup of hundreds of wild horses from the Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest and Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Reservation in northern Nevada. The USFS, a division of the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), had intended to capture the horses via helicopter roundup on public and reservation lands, and then turn them over to the Paiute Shoshone Tribe, which intended to sell them at a slaughter auction on August 17.

Nevada Dept. of Agriculture seeks nonprofit group to help manage Virginia Range wild horses

The Nevada Department of Agriculture currently has an agreement with the group Return to Freedom to take wild horses rounded up by the state agency so they avoid potential sale for slaughter at auction. Now the Ag Department is seeking a nonprofit horse group to help it manage horses, meaning helping it to keep them on the range and deal with issues (mostly public safety) that come up.

U.S. Forest Service Settles Lawsuit by Oregon Rancher Seeking Removal of Wild Horses in Malheur National Forest

Rancher Fails in Bid to Reduce or Eliminate Wild Horses from Murderers Creek Wild Horse Territory

Portland, OR (July 12, 2013) — This week, the United States Forest Service (FS) entered into a settlement agreement with an Oregon livestock operator by committing to a roundup schedule for wild horses in the Murderers Creek portion of Oregon’s Malheur National Forest in order to bring the population to within the Allowable Management Level (AML) established by the FS. The settlement is a major blow to the ranchers, Loren and Piper Stout, who hold a permit to graze cattle on public land in the Malheur Forest. The Stouts sought to eliminate or severely reduce the number of wild horses allowed in Murderers Creek, claiming that the horses — and not their cattle — were harming the federally-protected steelhead trout species living in the John Day River that runs through the area.

Return to Freedom Leads Fight to Save Nation’s Mustangs

A national grassroots sign-on campaign to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, to stop federal wild horse roundups and secure lasting protection for these iconic animals, is being spearheaded by Santa Barbara County’s Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary (RTF) and the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC), a national coalition RTF launched in 2004 to create a strong grassroots base and a unified platform for the wild horse issue.

Our Aging Horses Need Your Help

Once mighty herd leaders, our senior horses head towards the sunset of their lives. Will you help us give them the comfort and care they need? Below is the story of one horse who needs your help.

Judge Orders Temporary Restraining Order, Slaughter Plants Cannot Operate

The lawsuit filed by Return to Freedom, the Humane Society of the United States, Front Range Equine Rescue, Marin County Humane Society, and Horses for Life Foundation — a lawsuit joined by Robert Redford and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson — aimed at preventing the reopening of horse slaughter plants in the U.S. won the first battle on Friday, August 5.

Founder’s Blog: New Mexico Slaughterhouse Opens

“Horses have been our companions, fought battles with us, worked by our side from sun-up to sun-down. They have never abandoned us and we will not abandon them now. We will not have their blood on our hands.” —Neda DeMayo, Founder of Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary

First horses arose 4 million years ago

The oldest full genome sequence, recovered from ancient horse bone, pushes back equine origins by 2 million years.

by Erika Check Hayden, June 26, 2013

The humble horse has provided the oldest full genome sequence of any species — from a specimen more than half a million years old, found frozen in the permafrost of the Canadian Arctic. The finding, published in Nature today1, pushes back the known origins of the equine lineage by about 2 million years, and yields a variety of evolutionary insights.

Return to Freedom Leads Fight to Save Nation’s Mustangs

A national grassroots sign-on campaign to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, to stop federal wild horse roundups and secure lasting protection for these iconic animals, is being spearheaded by Santa Barbara County’s Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary (RTF) and the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC), a national coalition RTF launched in 2004 to create a strong grassroots base and a unified platform for the wild horse issue.

Letter Signed by 30,000 Americans, 30 Members of Congress and 15 Celebrities Delivered to Secretary Jewell

On Thursday, June 20, 2013, Return to Freedom and the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign wrapped up a massive grassroots effort by submitting an open letter — signed by some 30,000 Americans, 30 Members of Congress, 18 organizations and 15 Celebrities — to U.S. Secretary of the Interior (DOI) Sally Jewell. The letter calls upon Secretary Jewell to reform the wild horse and burro program, managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Nevada Governor Signs Bill That Will Protect Virginia Range Wild Horses From Slaughter

The historic Virginia Range Horses – wild horses that free range on local, state and private lands near Reno, NV – have been afforded a layer of protection today that will keep these horses out

Report: wild horse roundups aren’t working

A potentially huge turning point for the beautiful wild horses that roam the American west. The new Interior Secretary of the United States said she was going to wait to decide how to proceed with wild horse roundups until the National Academy of Sciences released a report. Well, that report has come out, and it’s scathing criticism of the Wild Horse and Burro Management Program.

The Washington Post: Independent panel: Wild horse roundups don’t work; use fertility drugs, let nature cull herds

By Associated Press, Updated: Wednesday, June 5, 3:01 PM

RENO, Nev. — A scathing independent scientific review of wild horse roundups in the West concludes the U.S. government would be better off investing in widespread fertility control of the mustangs and let nature cull any excess herds instead of spending millions to house them in overflowing holding pens.

Robert Redford and Other Celebrities Call on Interior Secretary to Protect Wild Horses

For decades, the BLM has pursued an unsustainable and highly controversial approach to wild horse management. In fact, the U.S. government today maintains more wild horses in captivity than remain free in the wild. This is an untenable situation, both for America’s wild horses and for American taxpayers.

National Coalition Calls on Interior Secretary to Halt Wild Horse Roundups in Wake of Scathing Independent Report

National Academy of Sciences Says Alternatives Available; “Business As Usual” is “Expensive and Unproductive”

Washington, DC (June 5, 2013) The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC), a national coalition, and its founding coalition partner Return to Freedom (RTF) are calling for an immediate halt to the roundup and removal of wild horses from western public lands in light of a scathing report released today by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).

Majority of Americans Want Wild Horses Protected, National Poll Reveals

Carole King, Ali MacGraw, Viggo Mortensen, Ed Harris, Wendie Malick, Betty White, Noah Wylie and others speak up for America’s Mustangs in appeal to New Interior Secretary Sally Jewell by American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign.

2013 Retreat Among Wild Horses

Enjoy a weekend connecting to your inner self, nature, and wild horses at Return to Freedom’s American Wild Horse Sanctuary. Experience yoga outdoors in the fresh clean air and rolling hills of Santa Barbara’s Central Coast. Dine (al fresco) on fresh organic vegetarian fare. Practice stillness and mindfulness both in motion and sitting meditation. Journey into the world of wild horses with morning and evening hikes. Experience progressive healing including Reiki, crystal therapy, and aromatherapy.

Proposal allows groups to manage wild horses

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Horse advocates and state officials urged members of a Nevada Senate committee Tuesday to adopt an amendment that would allow the state to enter agreements with advocacy groups to manage wild horses in the state.

NBC News: Cruel or necessary? The true cost of wild horse roundups

By Lisa Myers and Michael Austin, NBC News

DELTA, Utah — The mustangs run with a spirit that makes them legendary here in the West. On a bitter cold morning, they descend from the Swasey mountains of central Utah and gallop for miles across the plains. Stallions and mares, beautiful and strong, guiding their young.

NBC’s Today Show airs ‘Opposed to the roundups: Carole King’

On May 14, 2013, NBC’s Today Show aired a segment called “Wild But Not Free,” a special report by NBC News Senior Investigative Correspondent Lisa Myers. The story featured an interview with the legendary singer,

The National Academy of Sciences (Excerpts)

The National Academy of Sciences (Excerpts)
This report completes a “research study” assigned to a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Committee by the Public Rangelands Improvement Act of 1978 and agreed to in a contract between

Return to Freedom Founder Meets with Chief Bald Eagle To Oppose Horse Slaughter

This weekend Return to Freedom Founder Neda DeMayo met with Chief Bald Eagle to ask for his support in condemning horse slaughter on tribal lands. The horse and the Native American people are connected throughout

Wild Horses and Wild Flowers

We celebrated all that is wild and wonderful on May 4, 2013, at our 2013 Opening Day benefit: Wild Horses and Wild Flowers. This upscale and festive family event featured organic gourmet food along with wine tastings by Jalama Winery, Joseph Blair Wines, and Flying Goat Cellars.

WE DESPERATELY NEED YOUR HELP: Please Purchase a Bale of Hay for the Sanctuary

Return to Freedom provides sanctuary to nearly 400 wild horses and burros. As we continue to fight for their rightful place in the wild, on America’s public lands, we are also fighting an ongoing financial struggle. Grants and donations are down due to the economic climate, yet hay costs continue to rise as hay becomes more and more scarce.

Animal Welfare Groups Herald New Agreement with State of Nevada to Protect State’s Mustangs

Carson City, NV (March 15, 2013) — Return to Freedom, the parent organization of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund, and community horse advocates praised the signing of a new cooperative agreement with the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) as a first step in establishing a humane approach to the control of the historic Virginia Range horses.

Animal rights group calls for horse slaughter ban

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Animal rights advocates urged members of a federal advisory board on wild horses and burros Monday to recommend an absolute ban on horse slaughtering in the U.S. and condemned the Oklahoma Legislature’s attempt to authorize the slaughter of horses for human consumption.

Feds love wolves, hate wild horses

Horse meat has been showing up all over Europe, from Ikea’s Swedish meatballs to British lasagna. Meanwhile in Oklahoma, the state legislature is poised to legalize horse slaughter, and the Bureau of Land Management is meeting there today to discuss the management of wild horses under its care.

Eclectic Wine Bar & Grille Benefit

Friends and supporters joined us in North Hollywood at the Eclectic Wine Bar and Grille for a delightful afternoon to enjoy a stunning wild horse photography installation by photographer Elissa Kline.

One Mare’s Suffering Comes to an End

Eleven years ago her nightmare began. A year ago one man ended it. Today, its time for her happy ending to begin. In 2001 in the Warm Springs area of Oregon, a liver chestnut mare roamed free with her wild herd. That is until a government roundup shattered her world forever.

Challis Herd Settles in at Return to Freedom

In the high ridges and sagebrush basin just outside of Sun Valley Idaho, some 400 wild horses roamed the 154,000 acre Challis Herd Management Area. They lived peacefully along side a diverse species of wildlife including deer, elk, mountain lions, wolves and bear. The Challis herd made their life here.

Sanctuary Tours Closed for Winter

Special Tours Now Available on Weekdays by Appointment Only
Return to Freedom ended our best tour season ever on September 8th with our season closing event, titled “End of the Trail ~ Adios for Now” which included a Wild Horse Walk, catered BBQ, wine tastings, and live music. Our visitor’s center was open and featured discounts on Return to Freedom merchandise as well as closeout items.

Release of Herds at RTF’s New Conservancy May Be California Instead of Montana

The American Wild Horse Conservancy has been over a decade in the making. If you received our recent update in the mail you know that we are finally ready to see the realization of this long held dream to create a large scale wild horse conservancy – based on the model we created at our California sanctuary.

AWHPC Makes Legal Headway for Wild Horses

A lawsuit filed by the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) prompted the U.S. Forest Service to abandon plans to remove nearly 200 wild horses from forest service

Happy Birthday, Carole King!

Thank you Carole for lending your powerful voice to speak for open spaces and wild horses! Carole King has spoken out in support of Return to Freedom and The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, giving generous

2011 Holiday Newsletter

Read some of the feature stories from our newsletter below…

Today is the 40th anniversary of the Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act.

In 1971, the Act inspired more emotional public outcry than any other legislation except the Vietnam War… but our wild horses are still fighting their battle.

Wine and Wild Horses

The Return to Freedom Stallion holiday wine 3 pack is now available at Carivintas! Carivintas is generously created a limited edition wine label series, featuring 3 of our wild stallions beautifully photographed by Kimerlee Curyl.

Carole King discusses America’s wild horses

RTF featured on MSNBC. Read more…

Return to Freedom Prepares Calico Herd for Winter

In the winter of 2010 over 1900 wid horses were removed from the Calico Mountains Complex Herd Management Area in Nevada. For most of them, their world will never be the same. They have lost their homes, their families and their freedom.

GMC and Wild Horses . . . One American Icon Helping Another

Return to Freedom was honored to have been chosen as one of five charities around the country to receive support from GMC. By lending the use of their fleet of trucks, GMC helped us with the daily work involved in caring for over 400 wild horses.

Los Alamos, CA: Full of Life Flatbread and Carivintas Winery Team Up to Support Return to Freedom

Local residents and visitors can support Return to Freedom by enjoying a glass (or a bottle) of the Carivintas 2008 California Tempranillo at Full of Life Flat Bread in Los Alamos, CA.

Let Nature Be Your Teacher – Slideshow

Visitors from Casa Dorinda Senior Living Facility

As we close out another program season, Return to Freedom is grateful to all of the volunteers, clinicians, and visitors who helped make this another successful year of educating

Obama Administration Challenged to Put Action Behind Rhetoric about Wild Horse Program Reform

As public and Congressional pressure mounts, BLM pledges change but continues costly and inhumane mustang roundups
Washington, DC; February 25, 2011 — The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC), Saving America’s Mustangs, and Return to Freedom today reacted to the Interior Department’s announcement of “accelerated reforms” for the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) wild horse and burro program with a challenge to the agency to put real action behind its rhetoric about change.

California’s Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary Embarks on Pioneering Mustang Rescue

Program to Re-establish Family Bands for Captured Wild Horses Advances with Today’s Arrival of 74 Mares to Return to Freedom’s Care
Fallon, Nevada (December 13, 2010) As the one-year anniversary of the controversial Calico wild horse roundup fast approaches, Return to Freedom — a leading wild horse sanctuary, education, conservation organization — is continuing its groundbreaking rescue of captured Calico mustangs. Today, the group will receive 74 Calico mares delivered by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to temporary quarters in Fallon, Nevada.

Wild Horse Rangers- Teens Take A Walk On The Wild Side!

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On June 26, 2015, 6  teenage Return to Freedom Wild Horse Rangers, ventured out to see how the wild horses on the Fish Creek Herd Management Area (HMA) in Eureka, Nevada were handling the drought after

Baby Burro Born- Can you Name Her?

August 21st, 2015|0 Comments

August 21, 2015

It really doesn’t get any cuter! New baby burro born at the sanctuary last Friday! This beyond adorable little girl joins the Black Mountain Burro Herd who arrived at the Sanctuary last month

RTF’s Wild on the Range Campaign

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Wild horses are being rounded up and removed from their home on our public lands by the thousands every year. Today more wild horses live in captivity in taxpayer- subsidized holding facilities than remain in

Stop the slaughter of horses for human consumption

August 7th, 2015|0 Comments

More than 100,000 American horses meet a tragic death in Mexican and Canadian slaughterhouses annually. America’s wild and domestic horses remain vulnerable to the brutality of horse slaughter until Congress unites and passes a federal ban prohibiting the sale and transport of America’s for slaughter once and for all.

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