Press release: Trump budget plan would place wild horses in jeopardy


Return to Freedom Wild Horse Conservation warned on Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposal would open the door to euthanizing captured wild horses and burros and allowing others to fall into the slaughter pipeline.

The Bureau of Land Management’s budget justification calls for:

“the ability to conduct sales without limitation,” eliminating the current policy

May 23rd, 2017|

Trump budget slashes money for federal lands


As published by The Salt Lake Tribune

Washington–President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 fiscal budget slashes an Interior Department fund overseeing conservation lands, including national monuments, by 23 percent, a move that environmental groups say will harm protection of treasured landscapes.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said “there’s enough money in this budget” to manage the millions of acres

May 23rd, 2017|

BLM resumes ’emergency’ horse gather in Elko County, NV.



The Bureau of Land Management on Monday resumed an “emergency” bait-and-trap roundup of wild horses from private land near the Antelope Valley Herd Management Area.

BLM captured 15 studs, three mares and two foals on Monday, bringing the total captured to 91 (43 studs, 33 mares, 15 foals). One wild horse has died during the roundup: A

May 22nd, 2017|

Interior suspends resource advisory councils

As published by High Country News

In 1994, then-Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt gave Westerners a new way to make meaningful recommendations to the Bureau of Land Management on issues ranging from grazing and mining to outdoor recreation. These 10-to-15-member Resource Advisory Councils included stakeholders representing a variety of interests, in contrast to the “grazing advisory boards”

May 21st, 2017|

Congratulations, Sutter!

Sutter named to Horse Stars Hall of Fame from Return to Freedom on Vimeo.

Read more about Sutter and his Hall of Fame induction.

May 20th, 2017|

BLM pauses ’emergency’ NV. wild horse roundup


As published by The Horse


The Bureau of Land Management Nevada’s Elko District, Wells Field Office has temporarily halted the emergency wild horse gather that started May 8 to evaluate whether or not to continue.

“We’re going to take a one to two week break and observe the area to see if any horses appear to replace

May 15th, 2017|

Congressman won’t revive bill to transfer federal land


As published by Reno Gazette-Journal

RENO — A proposal for the federal government to unload millions of acres of land in Nevada probably won’t return to Congress.

That’s according to Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., who introduced a massive lands bill last session and had considered reviving it.

“Transferring millions of acres of public lands … is not something

May 15th, 2017|

BLM rounding up 60 wild horses south of Wendover, NV


As published by Elko Daily Free Press

ELKO, NV. – The Bureau of Land Management began an emergency wild horse gather on this week in the Antelope Herd Management Area to remove approximately 60 wild horses from private land near Boone Springs, NV., due to a projected lack of water this summer.

The herd area is approximately

May 10th, 2017|

RTF op-ed: Concerns remain over wild horse support in federal budget


As published by The Santa Barbara Independent

The bipartisan, five-month spending deal that Congress approved last week includes provisions to protect America’s horses from slaughter. However, one provision represents a new threat to wild horses and burros because it strips them of their federally protected status and, if exploited, could open a backdoor to unnatural deaths.

First, the

May 7th, 2017|

Budget bill provision places wild horse lives at risk


The bipartisan, five-month spending deal likely to be approved by Congress this week includes a new threat to wild horses and burros: a provision stripping them of their federally protected status, opening a new backdoor to unnatural deaths.

In an accompanying report, the Senate Appropriations Committee also directed the Bureau of Land Management to increase the

May 3rd, 2017|