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.

July 19th, 2014|

Utah Ranchers Behind Dangerous New Bill. July 17, 2014

Photo: Kimerlee Curyl

Armed protests, bully tactics, lawsuits . . . and now federal legislation aimed at handing OUR public lands over to states where local politics will determine the fate of our wild horses and their habitat. What won’t private interests do to tighten their stranglehold on our public lands?

For decades ranchers have succeeded in

July 18th, 2014|

Action Alert: Action needed now to keep horse slaughter from re-opening in the United States! 6/23/2014

Action needed now to keep horse slaughter from re-opening in the United States! For years, we have successfully shuttered the foreign owned horse slaughter industry by stripping federal funding to have the USDA inspect horsemeat at slaughter plants. Without USDA inspection the meat cannot be sold, effectively shutting down horse slaughter in this country. Right

June 23rd, 2014|

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.

February 5th, 2014|

Wild Horses Threatened in Wyoming’s Great Divide Basin


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.

January 8th, 2014|

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.

December 17th, 2013|

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


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.

August 23rd, 2013|

Action Alert: Save the Unbranded Horses!

This is a quickly moving situation and we already have an update:

We’re told that there are currently 467 horses in pens at the slaughter auction.
Not all of these are wild horses. Some of them are branded horses owned by the tribe. But we know there are unbranded wild horses among the branded tribal horses. Sadly, there are no laws that will allow us to help the branded horses.
The unbranded horses are the ones we’re asking the Feds to confiscate because there is a very good chance that they are federally protected wild horses.
We are aware of reports that the USDA, which is responsible for initiating this roundup of wild horses, has changed its Facebook settings to prevent us from posting to the page to urge the agency to act. It is disappointing that we can’t have our say on an official government page, but as an alternative, we encourage you to share our Facebook post that has USDA’s page tagged.
You can also call Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack at 202-720-3631 to let him know that you expect his agency to do everything possible to prevent unbranded, wild horses from being sold for slaughter tomorrow.

Time is running out for these horses. We’re taking legal action today to raise the stakes, but that might not be enough.

Those not branded could be saved if we speak up!

Please take action now!


We need your help right now to save wild horses who have been caught up in a large tribal roundup that has snared 417 horses who await their fate at a slaughter auction in Fallon, Nevada. Many of the horses are branded and “owned” by the Ft. McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Tribe, and sadly, there is nothing legally that we can do to save them.

August 16th, 2013|

Virginia Range Mustangs Rescued

On April 1, 2013, Hidden Valley Wild Horse Preservation Fund travelled to the Carson City prison facility to pick up six Virginia Range mustangs who had been captured by the state from non-federal lands in northern Nevada. Five of the horses were taken from the foothills community off Rim Rock Road in South Reno, where well-intentioned but misguided residents had been feeding the horses, luring them down into the neighborhood. The sixth horse was a stallion picked up from Stagecoach. (He has already been adopted.)

May 6th, 2013|

Nevada has rounded up 52 wild horses from State lands and plans to dispose of them

I know that we are all feeling the pain of this tough economy right now, and everywhere we look there is a need to be met. It was only a week ago that I sent you information about our “Orphaned Animals” blog, which has new animals that need a home added every day.

November 24th, 2012|