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For immediate release LOMPOC, CALIFORNIA -- A total of 19,989 American horses were shipped to slaughter plants in Mexico or Canada in 2022, according to government statistics. While this represents a 14.7% decrease from the previous year, the foreign slaughter pipeline continues to be a shameful open secret with only an unscrupulous ... Read More
February 20, 2023Cory Golden
Despite strong support from the public and lawmakers, opponents stymied a House bill at the end of the 117th Congress, which ended last month. The lack of movement in the House of Representatives contributed to the U.S. Senate failing to move a similar bill. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state, a ... Read More
February 15, 2023Cory Golden
With each day that passes, an unknown number of once wild and free horses and burros are being dumped at auction by adopters who’ve pocketed a cash incentive from the Bureau of Land Management. There, kill buyers are waiting who haul horses to Mexico or Canada for slaughter. The BLM has failed ... Read More
February 14, 2023Cory Golden
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The National Park Service recently completed a scoping process and is now preparing an Environmental Assessment for horses found within Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. Return to Freedom submitted scoping comments and is urging the Park Service to: consider an alternative that treats a high proportion ... Read More
February 3, 2023Cory Golden
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Return to Freedom asks that you join us in telling the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that it should maintain the successful wild horse fertility control program on the McCullough Peaks Herd Management Area. RTF opposes capturing and removing wild horses from the hugely popular, highly visible and often-photographed ... Read More
January 31, 2023Cory Golden
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Photo by Rich Sladick at Return to Freedom In December the National Park Service (NPS) announced proposed plans to manage wild horses and cattle within the Theodore Roosevelt National Park (TRNP). As part of the process the ... Read More
January 13, 2023Cory Golden