Return To Freedom http://returntofreedom.org Thu, 28 Jul 2016 01:47:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Only One More day – Commemorative Return to Freedom T shirt supports Sanctuary! http://returntofreedom.org/2016/07/28/only-one-more-day-commemorative-return-to-freedom-t-shirt-supports-sanctuary/ Thu, 28 Jul 2016 01:47:56 +0000 http://returntofreedom.org/?p=18019

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Fresh color and message  – we LOVE your support which helps Return to Freedom remain one of the premiere wild horse and burro sanctuaries in the U.S.

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Thank you for all the wonderful support throughout the years.

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Thank you as always, we couldn’t do this without your immense support, passion and respect for all horses. Everywhere.

Happy summer to you,

Neda and everyone at Return to Freedom

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Red Roan Wild Blend, Beckmen Vineyards Photo: Tony Stromberg

Red Roan Wild Blend, Beckmen Vineyards
Photo: Tony Stromberg 

‘ The Tonic of Wildness’

A casual and elegant event at Beckmen Vineyards to benefit the wild horses at Return to Freedom’s Wild Horse Sanctuary

Introducing: Red Roan Wild Blendby Beckmen Vineyards

Date: August 14,  12:30-4 PM

Place: The Beckmen Vineyard, by the Beckmen Pond, 2670 Ontiveros Rd., Los Olivos, CA

Food: Healthy Organic locavore foods and refreshments

Music: Haunting South American acoustic and vocals by Jacqueline Fuentes and Manabu

Tickets: $100 per person, Return to Freedom logo-etched wine glass and wine tastings!

Raffles:  A case of Red Roan Wild Blend Special  and unique vacation experiences

How: Limited to 100 tickets, buy now ! Email: programs@returntofreedom.org or Phone: 805-737-9246, Victoria Lohman

 

 

August 2016 Workshop Schedule:

At Return to Freedom’s Sanctuary, an environment is created to help unlock what you already have within you.  
The classes nurture your intuitive nature, communication skills and tools that support your ability for renewal and well being.  

 

rackley-ad2August 20th ~ Animal Communication and Wild Horse Walk ~ Cindy Rackley, Animal Communicator will teach you how to listen and communicate more fully with your animal companions while learning techniques that will validate your information.  At the end of the class we will be guided by Neda DeMayo, founder of Return to Freedom,  while walking among the wild horses at the sanctuary.  You will be able to not only observe their behavior, but also see if you tap into what they may be telepathically communicating.

Class Fee:  $275    

Contact  Cindy Rackley, Reiki Master     hawkmeadow4@q.com or 360-825-6949    www.cindyrackley.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

rackley1August 21st ~ Reiki For Horses/All Animals and Herd Observation.  Learn how to give the healing energy of Reiki to horses and all animals, learn their chakra systems and how to scan their bodies for energy blocks.  Taught by Cindy Rackley, Reiki Master/Teacher

After the class we will walk in the hills with Neda DeMayo, founder of Return to Freedom, while she teaches you about herd observation.

Must be pre-certified to at least Reiki Level I to take this class.  Class Fee:  $225

Contact  Cindy Rackley, Reiki Master/Teacher  at   hawkmeadow4@q.com or 360-825-6949    www.cindyrackley.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 27, 2016~ Join us at Return to Freedom's Wild Horse Sanctuary near Jalama Beach for a relaxing day of Yoga, Meditation and Hiking! Reservations Required.

August 27, 2016~ Join us at Return to Freedom’s Wild Horse Sanctuary near Jalama Beach for a relaxing day of Yoga, Meditation and Hiking! Reservations Required.

Saturday August 27,  8am-4pm for the 4th Annual one day Yoga & Hiking Retreat at Return to Freedom’s Wild Horse Sanctuary, Lompoc California location. For the fourth year, this special day is generously donated and hosted by Jodie Kallas, Yoga Teacher, and long time supporter. This relaxing day at the sanctuary includes: 2  yoga classes for all levels, Guided meditation and a robust hike among wild horse and burro herds.

Yummy refreshments, healthy snacks, locally grown organic vegetables and fruits. $255 per person with 55% of the proceeds donated to the sanctuary. For further info and sign up go to: http://www.yogalongisland.com/ (2016 California retreat page) ~ For Questions Call Jodie at: 516-459-0503

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We hope that you will treat yourself to one of our fun and whimsical custom T’s and wear it with all of the love that you have shown us throughout the years! 

Thank you as always, we couldn’t do this without your immense support, passion and respect for all horses. Everywhere.

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We are happy to offer you this week, our new and wonderful commemorative Return to Freedom T!  Thanks to our friends at One Skater who created it and dedicated the T to RTF! We love the look, the feel, the message – we LOVE your support which helps Return to Freedom remain one of the premiere wild horse and burro sanctuaries in the U.S.

We hope that you will treat yourself to one of our fun and whimsical custom T’s and wear it with all of the love that you have shown us throughout the years!

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Thank you as always, we couldn’t do this without your immense support, passion and respect for all horses. Everywhere.

Happy summer to you,

Neda and everyone at Return to Freedom!

]]> Frisco Roundup ends. Chronicle of the Frisco HMA Roundup, Utah http://returntofreedom.org/2016/07/13/chronicle-of-the-frisco-hma-roundup-utah/ Wed, 13 Jul 2016 18:16:46 +0000 http://returntofreedom.org/?p=17976 July 13th, the last day of Frisco roundup is top of page so scroll down if you want to see photos from earlier days. A total of 113 horses were captured and removed from the range. Only 35 horses will be returned to their home range – with no attention to reunited bonded family bands. 

BLM State Lead told Steve Paige that they will now go back to the Conger HMA and set up traps to catch any stray horses or foals left behind. A week is a long time for a nursing foal to have been left behind.

Although the public has been told that the Conger and Frisco captures are part of a ‘research’ group to study behaviors when stallions are gelded and returned to the range, local ranchers said otherwise. Locals complained that horses were being returned to the range at all and also complained about the number of elk and other wildlife using resources on the grazing allotment they use for their cattle.

The BLM plans to schedule an additional roundup this winter to remove more horses from the Frisco, UT herd management area.

Thank you to RTF’s equine team, Steve Paige, for bearing witness- It is heartbreaking to watch and even more so when you are with these horses every day and intimately understand their individual relationships, needs and  personalities. These horses not only resonate with our own profound desire for freedom, they are in fact extremely social mammals, like us they have complex social behaviors and bonds. Their true nature runs tens of millions of years older than ours. Allowing this to happen is unacceptable- we can and must do better.

July 13, Day 4:

The BLM captured removed another 18 wild horses today.  Bringing the total to 113 before coming to an end.

Day 4- Frisco roundup- Utah.

Day 4- Frisco roundup- Utah.

After being transported to holding pens and then sorted, only about 35 of these horse will be returned to the Frisco HMA.

 The BLM plans to schedule an additional roundup this winter to remove more horses from the Frisco, UT, HMA.

Frisco HMA. July 13, 2016

Frisco HMA. July 13, 2016

Frisco rounduo, Utah. July 13, 2016. The trap has been improved.

Frisco roundup, Utah. July 13, 2016. The trap has been improved a- no casualties due to badly configured panels so far.

 

July 12, Day 3:

Today the BLM  captured another 15 wild horses including 2 foals at the Frisco Utah HMA.Additionally, 14 horses including 4 foals managed to escape the trap today.

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A devastating pictorial of this small family band loosing each other today.

This grey pinto stallion with his with mare and foal managed escape the trap several times. Eventually the mare and foal where lured into the trap by the Judas horse.

The Stallion escaped and watched while crying out to them.  When his mare was unable to escape the trap panels, he charged down the mountain and made several heartbreaking attempts by going back into the trap to her rescue .

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Once the helicopters came back he finally left. Gone, but never forgotten.

We will not stop until we do better to provide ethical oversight for America’s cherished wild horse family bands and herds.

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14 horses including 4 foals managed to escape the trap todayI could see this group had a few injuries after they broke through the trap jute.

Day 3, Frisco Roundup. 14 horses including 4 foals managed to escape the trap today. I could see this group had a few injuries after they broke through the trap jute.

Day 3, Frisco Roundup. 14 horses including 4 foals managed to escape the trap today.
I could see this group had a few injuries after they broke through the trap jute.

4 foals managed to escape the trap today. Minor injuries after they broke through the trap jute.

4 foals managed to escape the trap today. Minor injuries after they broke through the trap jute.

 

July 11, Day 2:

The BLM’s helicopter trapping operations managed to captured another 44 wild horses including 9 foals at the Frisco, Utah HMA

July 11, Frisco HMA. Young foals struggling to stay with their herd as they run in panic.

July 11, Frisco HMA. Young foals struggling to stay with their herd as they run in panic.

Day 2-July 11, 2016 Frisco HMA roundup

Day 2-July 11, 2016 Frisco HMA roundup

 

July 8th, Day 1:

This morning the BLM began gathering and removing wild horses from the Frisco Herd Management Area (HMA), in western Utah.

The Helicopter drive captured 36 horses (including 8 foals) on its first day. 

Due to high winds the roundup is scheduled to resume on Monday July 11th.

Frisco HMA, roundup Day 1

Frisco HMA, roundup Day 1

 

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You can find daily reports from the BLM by CLICKING HERE

As long as wild horse family bands are being ripped apart we will not stop reporting it to the public. The way management agencies ‘manage’ completely disregards the social communities in the natural world and lacks a true ethical conservation plan for those removed and those left behind, is archaic.

At the very least, we can relocate social family and bachelor bands- especially in small populations like Utah’s HMAs.

  • Herd behavior is not limited to movement. The emotional bonds, leadership — accounting for healthy variability — is critical to restoring healthy balanced herds.
  • After destroying the integrity of the herd, what are we studying? Fractured bands after the impact of the roundup.
  • As included in a 2013 report by the National Academy of Sciences, wild horse populations left on the range after roundups disrupt the social integrity of the herds and increase reproduction.
  • It is our opinion that with such a small population on an HMA without livestock, this could be  an opportunity to implement a well-planned successful fertility control program and herd behavioral studies which could be achieved without permanently removing any horses and destroying the herds on this range.
  • RTF implores the BLM to start working with nature and not against it. If population management is needed in an area, use the proven, safe, and humane native PZP vaccine in a judicious and minimally intrusive conservation program that works with the natural social bands. Stop wasting time and  money with “research” and implement what we know works.

“Stop experimenting on our wild horses and burros and start experiencing them.” —Linda Salinas

Return to Freedom is on the ground both at the Frisco HMA for the duration of the roundup. Thanks to Steve Paige for bearing witness and reporting from the field for Return to Freedom.

 

We will continue to expand this post throughout the duration of this event.

If you can, please help support our work:

Sanctuary. Education. Advocacy. Conservation.

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Chronicle of the Frisco HMA Roundup, Utah http://returntofreedom.org/2016/07/08/chronicle-of-the-frisco-hma-roundup-2/ Fri, 08 Jul 2016 11:16:37 +0000 http://returntofreedom.org/?p=17924 Last day of Frisco roundup is top of page so scroll down if you want to see photos from earlier days. 

BLM State Lead told Steve Paige that they will now go back to the Conger HMA and set up traps to catch any stray horses or foals left behind. A week is a long time for a nursing foal to have been left behind.

The BLM plans to schedule an additional roundup this winter to remove more horses from the Frisco, UT herd management area.

July 13, Day 4:

The BLM captured removed another 18 wild horses today.  Bringing the total to 113 before coming to an end.

Day 4- Frisco roundup- Utah.

Day 4- Frisco roundup- Utah.

After being transported to holding pens and then sorted, only about 35 of these horse will be returned to the Frisco HMA.

 The BLM plans to schedule an additional roundup this winter to remove more horses from the Frisco, UT, HMA.

Frisco HMA. July 13, 2016

Frisco HMA. July 13, 2016

Frisco rounduo, Utah. July 13, 2016. The trap has been improved.

Frisco roundup, Utah. July 13, 2016. The trap has been improved a- no casualties due to badly configured panels so far.

 

July 12, Day 3:

Today the BLM  captured another 15 wild horses including 2 foals at the Frisco Utah HMA.Additionally, 14 horses including 4 foals managed to escape the trap today.

__________

A devastating pictorial of this small family band loosing each other today.

This grey pinto stallion with his with mare and foal managed escape the trap several times. Eventually the mare and foal where lured into the trap by the Judas horse.

The Stallion escaped and watched while crying out to them.  When his mare was unable to escape the trap panels, he charged down the mountain and made several heartbreaking attempts by going back into the trap to her rescue .

Frisco-5531

Frisco-5542

Frisco-5646Frisco-5600

Once the helicopters came back he finally left. Gone, but never forgotten.

We will not stop until we do better to provide ethical oversight for America’s cherished wild horse family bands and herds.

————————-

14 horses including 4 foals managed to escape the trap todayI could see this group had a few injuries after they broke through the trap jute.

Day 3, Frisco Roundup. 14 horses including 4 foals managed to escape the trap today. I could see this group had a few injuries after they broke through the trap jute.

Day 3, Frisco Roundup. 14 horses including 4 foals managed to escape the trap today.
I could see this group had a few injuries after they broke through the trap jute.

4 foals managed to escape the trap today. Minor injuries after they broke through the trap jute.

4 foals managed to escape the trap today. Minor injuries after they broke through the trap jute.

 

July 11, Day 2:

The BLM’s helicopter trapping operations managed to captured another 44 wild horses including 9 foals at the Frisco, Utah HMA

July 11, Frisco HMA. Young foals struggling to stay with their herd as they run in panic.

July 11, Frisco HMA. Young foals struggling to stay with their herd as they run in panic.

Day 2-July 11, 2016 Frisco HMA roundup

Day 2-July 11, 2016 Frisco HMA roundup

 

July 8th, Day 1:

This morning the BLM began gathering and removing wild horses from the Frisco Herd Management Area (HMA), in western Utah.

The Helicopter drive captured 36 horses (including 8 foals) on its first day. 

Due to high winds the roundup is scheduled to resume on Monday July 11th.

Frisco HMA, roundup Day 1

Frisco HMA, roundup Day 1

 

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You can find daily reports from the BLM by CLICKING HERE

As long as wild horse family bands are being ripped apart we will not stop reporting it to the public. The way management agencies ‘manage’ completely disregards the social communities in the natural world and lacks a true ethical conservation plan for those removed and those left behind, is archaic.

At the very least, we can relocate social family and bachelor bands- especially in small populations like Utah’s HMAs.

  • Herd behavior is not limited to movement. The emotional bonds, leadership — accounting for healthy variability — is critical to restoring healthy balanced herds.
  • After destroying the integrity of the herd, what are we studying? Fractured bands after the impact of the roundup.
  • As included in a 2013 report by the National Academy of Sciences, wild horse populations left on the range after roundups disrupt the social integrity of the herds and increase reproduction.
  • It is our opinion that with such a small population on an HMA without livestock, this could be  an opportunity to implement a well-planned successful fertility control program and herd behavioral studies which could be achieved without permanently removing any horses and destroying the herds on this range.
  • RTF implores the BLM to start working with nature and not against it. If population management is needed in an area, use the proven, safe, and humane native PZP vaccine in a judicious and minimally intrusive conservation program that works with the natural social bands. Stop wasting time and  money with “research” and implement what we know works.

“Stop experimenting on our wild horses and burros and start experiencing them.” —Linda Salinas

Return to Freedom is on the ground both at the Frisco HMA for the duration of the roundup. Thanks to Steve Paige for bearing witness and reporting from the field for Return to Freedom.

 

We will continue to expand this post throughout the duration of this event.

If you can, please help support our work:

Sanctuary. Education. Advocacy. Conservation.

Donate

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Chronicle of the Conger HMA Roundup http://returntofreedom.org/2016/07/06/chronicle-of-the-conger-hma-roundup/ Wed, 06 Jul 2016 05:48:17 +0000 http://returntofreedom.org/?p=17895 Roundup Day 5, Conger Utah. By Steve Paige

Roundup Day 5, Conger, Utah. Photograph by Steve Paige

 

While Americans celebrated our historic independence from Great Britain, our iconic wild horses, symbols of freedom, are running for their lives — straight into traps in the Conger Herd Management Area (HMA) in Utah.

Day One, July 1: The BLM began its Conger helicopter drive-trapping operations on July 1st, rounding up 101 wild horses in its first day with one death occurring at the trap panel.

Young nursing foals could not keep up.

Young nursing foals could not keep up.

 

Day 2, July 2:

July 2, 2016- Day 2 of the Conger roundup: Another 41 horses were gathered. This beautiful Pinto mare broke her neck on the trap panels and before they could remove her body from the trap area they continued to push in another 7 horses. The BLm said there was no communication the pilots resulting in the next group of horses being pushed in and running over her body. BLM said the trap site will be moved after 2 deaths in 2 days.

July 2, 2016- Day 2 of the Conger roundup: Another 41 horses were gathered.
This beautiful Pinto mare broke her neck on the trap panels and before they could remove her body from the trap area they continued to push in another 7 horses. The BLM said there was no communication between the pilots resulting in the next group of horses being pushed in and running over her body. The first group of horses were extremely pressured and the Judas horse was not released until the second group of horses came in towards the funnel to the trap and they ran right over the now dead mare. BLM said the trap site will be moved after 2 deaths in 2 days. ( Steve Paige observer)

We see so much more wrong with this trap than just the location. RTF contacted Gus Warr (BLM, Utah State Lead) and discussed shortfalls of the trap set up, the amount of very young nursing foals and the heat. Warr stated that there were mistakes and it will be addressed .

 

Day 3, July 3: Another 42 wild horses gathered today. A young foal had to be euthanized after suffering a severe fracture in the trap pen while with its panic stricken mother. Making this the 3 deaths in 3 days.

Heat and pressure and adrenaline at high speeds. It hurts to witness these innocent horses run for their lives only to loose so much....even for those who go back on the range, it will never be the same.

Heat, pressure and adrenaline at high speeds. It hurts to witness these innocent horses run for their lives only to loose so much….even for those who go back on the range, it will never be the same.

One of 3 horses making an escape through the trap jute revived and made their way up the mountain.

Day 3, three exhausted horses caught up in the jute funnel still managed to escape.

Day 3, three exhausted horses caught up in the jute funnel still managed to escape.

 

Day 4, July 4: In a twist of irony, July 4 marked Day Four of the planned eight-day roundup within the Conger HMA. By the end of Day 5, four horses have died and 185 horses were removed from the range. The Conger roundup ended today, with 12 more horses caught, making the total 257. These deeply bonded family bands and stallion bachelor groups have lost their families and freedom – forever.

Casualties: The trap site was poorly located and the trap looks badly designed with panels just under 6 feet tall and extremely small sorting pens. Forcing wild horses into a trap is never their idea and the configuration, circumference, size of the alleys, catch pens and gates is critical.  It takes a lot of pressure to force a herd into a trap, without the right amount of distance for  the herd to land, the inevitable can happen- and it did, over and over at this ill fated roundup. Three mature mares with foals by their sides died senselessly as they ran full speed and crashed into an unyielding steel panel, breaking their necks and dying instantly. One foal had to be destroyed due to a fracture sustained when his panic-stricken mother kicked him in the jaw. One mare was killed instantly while her nursing foal and yearling were by her side.

This beautiful dun mare died with her nursing foal and yearling looking on.

This beautiful dun mare died with her nursing foal and yearling looking on.

 

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This beautiful filly above had her own ideas about the trap.

One young nursing foal was found the next morning having wandered into the trap after the roundup separated him from his family. One foal was found running alongside the BLM trucks at dawn, lost; his fate is still unknown.

Day 5, July 5th: Another 21 wild horses gathered today. Including a very young foal. The BLM commented how young the foals have been at this roundup and suggest that any future roundups at Conger should be delayed until August to give them more time to grow.

Speaking of foals, RTF staff passed by a stray foal on the way to the trap site in the early morning. Two 2 days ago another stay foal walked into the trap site and was captured.

Just how many foals get left behind in this helicopter driven madness?

“Just how many foals get left behind in this helicopter driven madness?” Steve Paige

 

Day 5, Four stallions escaped after getting caught up in the jute funnel.

Day 5: Four stallions escaped after getting caught in the jute funnel.

 

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Day 5: This stallion was unsuccessful in escaping the trap.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to capture approximately 250 wild horses from both the Conger and nearby Frisco HMA to achieve a research population of approximately 100 animals in each area, some being fit with radio collars and global positioning system tracking devices to provide data on free-roaming horse locations and movement to help the BLM improve understanding of herd behavior.

A foster home was found immediately by BLM staff for two nursing foals separated on the range from their family. They are reported to be in good care and doing well.

 

Day 6, July 6: The BLM captured 12 more wild horses on its 6th and final day of the Conger  Utah helicopter drive-trapping operations.

Day 6: This family band above was captured, separated, and transported (see below).

 

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July 6, 2016- The last day of the Conger Helicopter drive-trapping operations. Steve witnessed this injured young horse in complete chaos finally escape being captured.

July 6, 2016- The last day of the Conger Helicopter drive-trapping operations. I witnessed this injured horse in complete chaos finally escape being captured.

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BLM State lead, Gus Warr stated that there were more nursing foals than usual for July and many were unable to keep up with their family bands. BLM wranglers “did their best” to find and bring in lost foals. Gus Warr told RTF that any future roundups at Conger should be delayed until August to give foals more time to grow.

You can find daily reports from the BLM by CLICKING HERE.

“Devastating to witness the senseless destruction of wild horse family bands that came together from natural selection. So much interference and disruption to our iconic wild herds. I wonder why a country that prides itself on “family values” would not do more to keep the family bands together.” —Steve Paige

 

Return to Freedom’s response:

  • BLM’s interest in herd behavior is limited to movement. The emotional bonds, leadership — accounting for healthy variability — is critical to restoring healthy balanced herds.
  • After destroying the integrity of the herd, what are they studying? They will begin with horses made up of fractured bands after suffering the impact of the roundup.
  • As included in a 2013 report by the National Academy of Sciences, wild horse populations left on the range after roundups disrupt the social integrity of the herds and increase reproduction.
  • It is our opinion that with such a small population on an HMA without livestock, this could have been an opportunity to implement a well-planned fertility control program and herd behavioral studies which could be achieved without permanently removing horses and destroying the herds on their range. But, the Conger HMA is now part of a research project to study behavior after 75% of the stallions will be gelded and released back onto the range.
  • The casualties of losing four horses in violent deaths, orphaned, and lost young nursing foals from this roundup, needs to be deeply considered in BLM’s attempts at research.
  • RTF implores the BLM to start working with nature and not against it. If population management is needed in an area, use the proven, safe, and humane native PZP vaccine in a judicious and minimally intrusive conservation program that works with the natural social bands. Stop wasting money with “research” and improve what we know works.

“Stop experimenting on our wild horses and burros and start experiencing them.” —Linda Salinas

We are concerned and insulted that the BLM is spinning concepts back to the public and the media to cloak the ongoing and systematic removals of wild horses from public lands — research is the new buzz word to push things through. Without a well thought-out conservation plan, there is no real direction for our wild horse and burro program. RTF prioritizes natural selection and the social behaviors of a balanced herd.

Return to Freedom is on the ground both at the Conger HMA and the Frisco HMA for the duration of the roundups. Thanks to Steve Paige for bearing witness and reporting from the field for Return to Freedom.

You can use your voice: Respectfully, tell the BLM and your Representatives in Congress that you want wild horses and burros managed on their ranges.

The BLM has the technology and they need to use it NOW. Tell BLM to implement the proven and safe native PZP fertility control vaccine and start managing wild horses and burros on the range. Roundups are costly, tragic, and permanent. They are not the solution. Stop the insanity.

Neil Kornze, Director of The Bureau of Land Management (BLM): Director@blm.gov

~ Find your Senator: CLICK HERE
~ Find your Congressman/woman: CLICK HERE

We will continue to expand this post throughout the duration of this event. If you can, please help support our work: Sanctuary. Education. Advocacy. Conservation.

Donate

 

More Reports from colleagues:

Conger, The Paint Mare

Conger/Frisco Begins

http://www.wildhorsepreservation.org/media/death-toll-mounts-utah-roundup

 

 

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Reiki, Energy and Animal Communication http://returntofreedom.org/2016/06/21/energy-and-animal-medicine-workshops/ Tue, 21 Jun 2016 17:49:05 +0000 http://returntofreedom.org/?p=17864
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At Return to Freedom’s Sanctuary, an environment is created to help unlock what you already have within you.   
The classes nurture your intuitive nature, communication skills and tools that support your ability for renewal and well being.  

August 2016 Schedule:

 

rackley-ad2August 20th ~ Animal Communication and Wild Horse Walk ~ Cindy Rackley, Animal Communicator will teach you how to listen and communicate more fully with your animal companions while learning techniques that will validate your information.  At the end of the class we will be guided by Neda DeMayo, founder of Return to Freedom,  while walking among the wild horses at the sanctuary.  You will be able to not only observe their behavior, but also see if you tap into what they may be telepathically communicating.

Class Fee:  $275    

Contact  Cindy Rackley, Reiki Master     hawkmeadow4@q.com or 360-825-6949    www.cindyrackley.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

rackley1August 21st ~ Reiki For Horses/All Animals and Herd Observation.  Learn how to give the healing energy of Reiki to horses and all animals, learn their chakra systems and how to scan their bodies for energy blocks.  Taught by Cindy Rackley, Reiki Master/Teacher

After the class we will walk in the hills with Neda DeMayo, founder of Return to Freedom, while she teaches you about herd observation.

Must be pre-certified to at least Reiki Level I to take this class.  Class Fee:  $225

Contact  Cindy Rackley, Reiki Master/Teacher  at   hawkmeadow4@q.com or 360-825-6949    www.cindyrackley.com

 

July 2016
July 23rd & 24th ~ Reiki Level I & II Certification Classes ~  Reiki accelerates healing, alleviates pain and reduces stress.  Taught and used in hospitals around the world.  Beneficial to both people and animals.  At the end of the Level II class we will offer Reiki to some of the horses at the sanctuary.  Taught by Reiki Master, Cindy Rackley

Sat July 23rd ~ Reiki Level I ~  $175

Sun July 24th ~ Reiki Level II  ~ $200 (must be certified to Level I to take this class)

Contact  Cindy Rackley, Reiki Master  at   hawkmeadow4@q.com or 360-825-6949    www.cindyrackley.com

 

 

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Update on last week’s Senate Appropriations meeting http://returntofreedom.org/2016/06/18/update-on-last-weeks-senate-appropriations-meeting/ Sat, 18 Jun 2016 03:13:51 +0000 http://returntofreedom.org/?p=17856  

Photo: Ramiro Estenssoro

Photo: Ramiro Estenssoro

 

Last week, June 16 the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee held a “markup” hearing on the 2017 Interior Appropriations Bill.

The bill included language in Section 110, which allows the BLM to transfer our federally protected wild horses and burros to state, local, or other federal agencies ‘to be used as service and work animals’, which strips them of their federally protected and wild status.

The bill did pass out of committee 16-14. All Democrats on the Committee voted against it so it may not get the votes needed for a floor vote for resolution.

The link to the announcement of the House bill’s passage out of committee is here: http://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=394608

The hopeful outcome for the short term is a Continuing Resolution (CR) which means the 2016 Budget (which does not have this damaging provision) will carry throughout the remainder of the year and we can fight this when it comes up again, most likely in January.

This gives us more time to build awareness about how damaging this will be to our wild horses and burros and demonstrate how Americas feel about our federally protected wild horses and burros losing what little is left that protects them from suffering, abuse and slaughter.

Attached is the text of the House amendment, and the Senate bill text from the Subcommittee’s draft bill text is also attached.

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Wild Horse Language from Senate FY2017 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill – S3068

 

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Since the passing of the Burn’s “Sale Authority” amendment in 2005, what little protections exist for wild horses and burros are being traded away.

The chipping away of protections intended by the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act in 1971 continues to open the gateway to the slaughter and the easy disposal of our iconic American mustangs and burros.

With over 45,000 captured wild horses and burros warehoused in holding facilities and over 40,000 wild horses and burros that BLM wants removed from the range, the stakes are high.

Section 110 of the BLM’s 2017 budget proposal has no mechanism for humane oversight. In addition, any amendment to Section 110 to protect the horses and burros from slaughter is not enforceable and will not prohibit their slaughter for non-commercial uses. The language leaves a broad range of interpretation and has no recourse for accountability.

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URGENT! Tell Congress to Maintain Federal Protection of Our Wild Horses and Burros! http://returntofreedom.org/2016/06/16/urgent-tell-congress-to-maintain-federal-protection-of-our-wild-horses-and-burros/ Thu, 16 Jun 2016 04:08:35 +0000 http://returntofreedom.org/?p=17834 URGENT CALL TO ACTION!

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Thursday Morning, June 16, at 10:30 AM EST, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to hold a markup hearing on the 2017 Interior Appropriations bill. The bill may include, or be amended to include, language that allows the immediate transfer of wild horses and burros to state, local or federal agencies to be used as work and service animals. Wild horses and burros  would immediately lose their federally protected status, making them even more vulnerable to suffering, abuse and disposal through slaughter.

If your Senator is on the Appropriations Committee, you can influence this critical vote. Please take action.

To find out if your Senator is on the Committee, please use this link for a list of all committee members, their websites and contact information:
http://www.appropriations.senate.gov/about/members

Please contact them at their offices in Washington D.C.
ACT NOW:

  1.  IMPORTANT: CALL FIRST! Call your Senator’s office in Washington, DC.  It’s easy and takes just one moment to call.

Sample Phone Message (Feel free to put this in your own words):

“Hi, this is [your name] and I am a constituent of Senator [name].  I’m calling to urge the Senator to vote NO on any language or amendment to the Interior Appropriations bill that will allow the BLM to transfer wild horses to agencies as work animals. Any language proposed to prevent slaughter is not adequate because the fundamental language is flawed and has no mechanism in place for humane oversight or to enforce the prevention of suffering, abuse or slaughter for non-commercial uses. Therefore any amended language that may be suggested in tomorrow’s session will be meaningless.

As an American citizen and a horse lover, I treasure our wild horses and burros. I want them to remain federally protected as intended by the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.  Thank you for your attention to this important concern!”

2After your call please follow up with a personalized email to your Senator. Designate the topic you are addressing in the Subject Field of your email: “Appropriations,” “Budget,” “Animal Welfare,” “Interior.”

You can listen to tomorrow’s Senate Appropriations Markup of the Interior Appropriations bill at 10:30 am, EST: LISTEN HERE

Thank you for taking the time to Take Action- It Matters!

From all of us at Return to Freedom,

Wild Horse Sanctuary and Preservation

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