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Equine Advocacy Organizations Form Partnership with Cruelty Investigators

News Update from the Equine Welfare Alliance and Wild Horse Freedom Federation

“Investigations are a critical element in establishing equine welfare…”

Chicago (EWA) – Wild Horse Freedom Federation (WHFF) and Equine Welfare Alliance (EWA) have announced a new working relationship with a team of professional undercover cruelty investigators. This new alliance will increase WHFF and EWA’s ability to inform law enforcement, lawmakers, the media and the public regarding all forms of cruelty to domestic and wild equines.

Hard-nosed and effective, with a history of these successful investigations focused primarily on equine cruelty related to the horse slaughter pipeline, the work of the investigators has assisted enforcement agencies and exposed numerous inhumane conditions inherent to the horse slaughter world.

Their investigation of Three Angels Farms, already notorious for two recent accidents, revealed numerous blatant on-going transportation violations. The report has been widely used throughout the equine welfare community, publications and the TV news media.

“Investigations are a critical element in establishing equine welfare”, said EWA President John Holland, “This partnership will allow us to better share resources and information and help coordinate our overall efforts on the most critical situations.”

Holland points out that the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition (CHDC) has a similar relationship to arguably one of the most impressive undercover investigation programs in the world. That effort has provided video of horrific abuses in the major Canadian horse slaughter plants.

One member of the team, a certified cruelty investigator, is looking forward to branching out to investigations and observations of wild horses and burros.

EWA and WHFF are honored to be working with such high caliber investigators in their effort to provide documentation that will help to end the cruel practices surrounding slaughter of American horses and to help protect America’s wild horses and burros.

R.T. Fitch, author and president of WHFF adds, “The central heart and core of Wild Horse Freedom Federation is to initiate responsible legal defense of our treasured horses and burros; this cannot be accomplished without quality, rock solid evidence and documentation. We are delighted that these professionals have joined our team and, hopefully, will aide us in securing the safety and future welfare of our American equines both domestic and wild.”

Donations can be made through either website that will direct donations to a separate fund established by WHFF, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, ensuring 100% of donations will be used strictly for investigations.

The Equine Welfare Alliance (EWA) is a dues-free 501c4, umbrella organization with over 250 member organizations and hundreds of individual members worldwide in 18 countries. The organization focuses its efforts on the welfare of all equines and the preservation of wild equids.

Wild Horse Freedom Federation (WHFF) is a registered, Texas non-profit corporation with federal 501c3 standing. WHFF puts people between America’s wild equids and extinction through targeted litigation against governmental agencies whose documented agendas include the eradication of wild horse and burros from public, federal and state lands. WHFF is funded exclusively through the generosity of the American public.


John Holland
Equine Welfare Alliance

R.T. Fitch
Wild Horse Freedom Federation

14 replies »

  1. I bet that a lot of us have bits and pieces of proof of abuse and sold to slaughter information that we don’t know what to do with … but combined might make a major statement?


  2. This is truly wonderful news and very exciting to have such two dedicated equine advocacy organizations working together for the welfare and preservation of America’s equines. The need to permanently effect positive change in the handling and humane management of our national icons, the wild horses and burros of the United States, has never been greater. You can be sure, there are many, including myself that will continue to support your effort in ending the horror that’s been inflicted upon these magnificent creatures. Thank you so much.


  3. Good people teaming up for the common good leads to great outcomes. The combined strengths of the leadership of these organizations offers hope for our horses and burros and those of us who care about them.

    Grandma Gregg, you are likely correct about the vast store of individual knowledge that each of us has. The challenge is compiling it and organizing it in a logical way and meaningful way.

    I don’t know how many of you read Bruce Wagman’s article on the BLM’s mismanagement of our wild horses in the Environmental Law Journal that was published in 2010, but it discusses areas of the law that we don’t usually discuss such as violations of the Information Quality Act, NEPA, and the Administrative Procedures Act.

    I don’t think the BLM has a prayer in the world defending itself from animal cruelty charges based on established equine science as taught in agriculture science classes and published in many recognized journals in terms of musts for humane horse management.

    Congress is on vacation—but maybe the Charlotte Observer should receive some pictures and stories about the mismanagement of America’s wild horses as we get close to the convention. North Carolina loves its wild horses and horses in general. Though attendance at horse shows has slowed a bit, there are still numerous active horse communities, and we have a lot of BLM horses in this state as well as a number of approved trainers…The 4-H Horse Program and Pony Clubs are very active.


    • You are exactly right about Bruce and that is why he represents us at WHFF…the issues of Information Quality Act, NEPA, and the Administrative Procedures Act…have been the core of our cases and still are with the West Douglas battle.  


  4. We need to investigate the coverup of the burros who are still being shot at Big Bend Ranch State Park. I sent in a request through FOIA and i am being stonewalled.


    • The Directors of EWA and WHFF do NOT do what we do for fame, glory or money, in fact we spend our own money, we do it for the horses, period.

      Likewise, our investigative team do not need their names out there for the sake of ego or popularity, they stay in the shadows so that they can be effective for the horses.

      At EWA and WHFF egos are checked at the door and the business of saving America’s horses is the primary directive.


  5. Reblogged this on angelfarm and commented:
    When we can successfully align the facets of the horse advocates talents, change will happen. Here’s to the birth of a new era in co-operation and fellowship to preserve our Wild Ones! 🙂


  6. I just think it’s a shame & a disgrace that BLM is allowed to do this. And after the stand-off while trying to take a rancher’s land, I believe they have something big in mind for that land, & that’s the reason for this cruelty! DISSOLVE THE BLM, EPA, IRS, FBI, CIA, DHS….& THE FED! They are overgrown gov. entities which no longer serve the purpose for which they were created! (THE FED isn’t even a gov. entity…at least not OURS!!)


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