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Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Putting People Between Wild Equines and Extinction

aka WHFF

Pinehurst, TX

Mission

Wild Horse Freedom Federation (WHFF) advances the power of individuals to take informed and compassionate action to ensure the safety, welfare and lawful disposition of free roaming wild horses and burros.

Ruling Year

2012

President

R.T. Fitch

Vice President

Debbie Coffey

Main Address

PO Box 390

Pinehurst, TX 77362 USA

Keywords

Horse; burro; mustang; preservation; protection; equine; donkey

EIN

45-2526314

 Number

2439612182

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

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America’s wild horses & burros on public lands are on the brink of extinction. Wild Horse Freedom Federation is trying to save America’s wild horses & burros from cruelty, slaughter, and extinction. We document roundups on public lands and do investigations in order to get the truth out to the American public about what is happening to America’s wild horses & burros. When Congress passed the Wild Free-Roaming Horses & Burros Act of 1971, the wild horses & burros were to be protected in their historic herd areas (53.8 million acres). However, since that time, the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management has taken away half of that original range area, and now only allows wild horses & burros on only 26.9 million acres. Wild horses & burros have been rounded up in the hot summer, chased by helicopters over many miles. Foals have tried desperately to run to keep up with their mothers, only to eventually have their hooves fall off and die. It's an inhuman situation.

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Bring together a consortia of collective expertise and experience of the nation’s leading equine welfare advocates and organizations.

Act decisively and swiftly when the welfare of the American Wild Horses and Burros are threatened through legislation, litigation or commercial misrepresentation.

Proactively pursue legal action against entities that pose either a current or potential threat to the safety and welfare of American Wild Horses and Burros.

Endeavor to put concerned people and the advocacy between Wild Equids and extinction.

Our strategies are to obtain facts through documentation and to share these facts with as many members of the public and media as possible. We document wild horses & burros on public lands. We go to roundups. We go to many of BLM’s holding facilities for wild horses & burros. We do research. We issue action alerts for our readers. Our vice president and our organization have filed over 150 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, and we have shared these records with the public, other organizations, the media and Congress. We have had to file lawsuits to obtain Freedom of Information Act records. We spent years gathering data and prepared a White Paper for Congress in 2017. In this report, we informed Congress of our investigation proving that many of the wild horses that were supposedly being warehoused in BLM long term holding facilities, were in fact, not there. We also alerted Congress to BLM recordkeeping discrepancies. We obtained documents supposedly describing all horses and burros captured in the period of 1980-1999. There were 131,559 entries, but on other BLM records, the BLM claims that in this time period, 168,627 equids were captured. With this document alone, some 37,068 wild horses and burros were somehow left out of the BLM’s Wild Horse & Burro Program System Database. White Paper can be read here: http://wildhorsefreedomfederation.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/White-Paper.pdf White Paper Exhibits can be read here: http://www.wildhoofbeats.com/White-Paper-Full-Exhibit-1-17-2.pdf We started a series called THE TRUTH, to share Freedom of Information Act request records with the public. http://wildhorsefreedomfederation.org/documentation/ We are often the first to find out facts and to alert the public. One example was exposing Bureau of Land Management plans to send thousands of wild horses to Russia to be used a prey for Siberian tigers. Another example was alerting the public that there were 101 stillborn fetuses plus 34 foal deaths (135 wild horse foals died) at just one BLM holding facility in Bruneau, ID. Since 2013, we have done have a radio show called Wild Horse & Burro Radio. http://wildhorsefreedomfederation.org/wild-horse-and-burro-radio/ This is an educational outreach program of Wild Horse Freedom Federation. Our guests have included experts on wild horse and burro issues in the U.S. and other countries, and on diverse equine topics including horse slaughter, PMU mares, horse rescue, critical foal care and sanctuaries. We expanded our programming to include guests who are experts on public lands issues, environmental issues, agricultural and food safety issues and animal welfare issues. We maintain a library of these archived shows as a resource for public education.

Our Board of Directors have diverse backgrounds and talents, and we are devoted to pooling our efforts to save America’s wild horses & burros. Wild Horse Freedom Federation’s goals are to bring together a consortia of collective expertise and experience of the nation's leading equine welfare advocates and organizations to act decisively and swiftly when the welfare of the American Wild Horses and Burros are threatened through legislation, litigation or commercial misrepresentation, to proactively pursue legal action against entities that pose either a current or potential threat to the safety and welfare of American Wild Horses and Burros and to endeavor to put concerned people and the advocacy between Wild Equids and extinction. Wild Horse Freedom Federation serves as a watchdog on behalf of the public on matters concerning the operations and management of the BLM’s Wild Horse & Burro Program. Wild Horse Freedom Federation shares the information garnered from FOIAs with the public to educate the public about specific details of BLM’s operations and activities that would not otherwise be available to the public. R.T and Terry Fitch (co-founders of Wild Horse Freedom Federation) have been so concerned about the plight of America's wild horses & burros, that they traveled to Outer Mongolia, where the native wild horses had been hunted to extinction and were only recently reintroduced by the Mongolian government. R.T. and Terry traveled on horseback with nomads and documented the process of reintroducing horses to the wild, should such an activity ever be required in the United States. This trip was documented in the May, 2013 issue of Horseback Magazine. R.T., who has attended many BLM roundups of wild horses in several states, was also a guest speaker at the 2013 American Equine Summit. https://rtfitchauthor.com/2013/05/03/wild-horse-freedom-federation-founders-featured-in-may-horseback-magazine/

We know we have made progress each and every time that we stop the cruelty or slaughter of America’s wild horses & burros. Since the safety and survival of America’s wild horses & burros are under constant assault by the political pressure of special interests, this is an ongoing issue. We have frequent conference calls and communications to stay on top of the many issues related to wild horses & burros and we try to address each and every issue. We discuss strategies. We work in co-ordination with other advocacy groups. For instance, we helped to stop the BLM’s archaic and barbaric sterilization experiments on wild mares. This was progress. We have helped to stop America’s wild horses & burros from being shipped to slaughter and killed by the tens of thousands, including being shot on public lands. This was progress. When we shine a light on the activities and actions of the BLM, a government agency that lacks transparency and is used to operating without much public oversight, that is progress. Every battle we win to save America’s wild horses & burros on public lands is progress.

Wild Horse Freedom Federation, through research and investigations, released evidence exposing a Bureau of Land Management’s wild horse long-term holding contractor selling wild horses to an alleged “kill buyer” where the horses most likely went to slaughter.

Wild Horse Freedom Federation uncovered evidence purporting to show the contractor selling at least 34 federally protected wild horses.

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Thanks to the behind the scenes work of the investigators from Wild Horse Freedom Federation (WHFF), in conjunction with Equine Welfare Alliance (EWA), evidence was supplied to federal investigators and a known kill buyer, Dorian Ayache, has been indicted.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

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