Hunting Everglades

Hunting Everglades

Hunting Everglades

After years of negotiations with American production companies and television networks, ARM is now progressing into broadcasting its first, exciting real life TV series.

An instrumental role of the Animal Recovery Mission’s agenda lays in educating people of its criminal findings of some of the most unimaginable and concealed operations of animal cruelty, in the world.

Obtained through its undercover investigations, ARMs work brings to light both the atrocities and challenges it encounters in promoting change for animal rights. For ARM, this not only serves as a necessary purpose, but stands as the organizations obligation to raise global societal awareness.

The series will also be addressing many critical issues which the organization encounters in it’s efforts to disable existing industries of animal cruelty to save animals of abuse and neglect. These hurdles include working alongside official agencies and government departments. Viewers will get a rare insight, not only into the investigations themselves, but on the process of executing raids, animal rescues and the rehabilitation of rescued animals taken to at ARMs Sanctuary.

Whilst ARM has the ongoing support of State Attorney offices and departments in many counties, often times ARM also receives resistance from relevant agencies  who attempt to turn their backs on ARMs undeniable evidence. In the past, this has often jeopardized cases, as well as the necessary arrests and animal rescues phases of the organizations investigations. This weekly series, with the credibility of a reputable TV network highlighting ARMs work, stands to give these same agencies no choice but to assist our organizations work.

Since its inception in 2010, ARM has filmed thousands of news and investigative reports stories, documentaries and feature appearances on a variety of Americas most popular, prime time network shows.

ARM, in addition, is also the proud recipient of multiple and honorable awards from television and film industries, including an Emmy, for its stories highlighting ARMs role in defending animal cruelty.

For the first time ever, the Animal Recovery Mission’s real life series ‘Hunting Evil – Everglades’, will be coming to prime time TV to portray the true horrors of what countless animals are enduring on a daily basis in the industries which ARM exposes.

ARMs Founder, Richard ‘Kudo’ Couto, insists that this series will serve as an educational purpose with the content being filmed authentically and unscripted, never staged or swaying  away from the realities of the every day struggles of the organizations operations and activities.

ARM hopes that our supporters will enjoy this extended trailer and encourages everyone to please leave your comments on our Vimeo page, for ARM’s production company to consider your opinions on this series, before it launches.

We look forward to the near future where the Animal Recovery Mission will be brought into your home, for one hour, every week!

Salt River Wild Horse Shooting

Breaking News! Reward sky rockets to bring in the Salt River wild horse killer


arm-srwhmg***BREAKING- For Immediate Release:

Monday November 7th 2016,

Reward for Finding Salt River Wild Horse Killer Soars to $25,000!
Animal Recovery Mission of Florida Matches Existing Reward Fund!

The reward fund for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who shot and killed a baby Salt River wild horse and wounded two other young horses soared to $25,000 thanks to a matching offer from ARM Investigations of Florida.

Immediately after the shooting, the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group (SRWHMG) and the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) offered a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator, and the Humane Society of the United States and Schill Law Firm quickly added to the reward. In addition the public has contributed to the reward and rescue fund as well in a Gofundme account. As of November 7th the total reward fund had added up to $12,500. Any member of the public wanting to contribute to the reward can visit this link;

However to date, no tips leading to the suspect’s apprehension have been received. This week, ARM Investigations, which is closely tied to the fight to protect the Salt River Wild Horses as a coalition partner of the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group, decided boldly to match the existing reward fund.

ARM is in the business of fighting extreme animal cruelty and was created to investigate, expose and derail some of the most untouchable animal cruelty in America today. ARM’s investigations have brought hundreds of illegal animal slaughter operations to their knees. The organization also focuses on conservation programs, including the protection and preservation of wild horses and burros.

Richard ‘Kudo’ Couto, ARM Founder and President stated, “In our experience, in cases that have become stagnant, we found that offering an extremely large reward often succeeded in bringing a crucial tip forward. These kind of despicable acts upon animals, in this case the innocent and cherished Salt River wild horses, are unacceptable and taking a stance is a moral and societal obligation to do the right thing; in addition we hope it will discourage and any future heinous acts against the Salt River wild horses”.

“The coward who shot these innocent and beloved wild horses needs to be brought to justice,” added Simone Netherlands, President of the SRWHMG. “We are so thankful to our coalition partners and to Sherrif Joe Arpaio and MCSO and are hopeful that this spectacular amount of reward money will bring forth and encourage the tip that leads to the shooter’s arrest and conviction. Somebody knows exactly what happened, and that person can ensure that justice is served while receiving a financial reward at the same time.”

Background: On Friday, Oct. 21 at about 6 p.m., according to MCSO, a witness saw a man wearing black shorts and a dark green shirt shooting three Salt River wild horses. The witness saw one of the horses flailing in the river, and observed two other horses get hit with rounds from a rifle or shotgun. The suspect chased after the horses as they fled. Two other individuals are believed to have been with the person who shot the horses.

On Saturday, Oct. 22 the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group found a Salt River wild horse, – a 6-month foal named Kai – dead, with gunshot wounds to the side of his neck and head. Two other horses in the same family band appeared to have possible small bullet wounds but survived and are recovering on their own.

Anyone with information about the shooting can call either the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group at 480-868-9301
or the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office at 602-876-1011.

### The Salt River Wild Horse Management Group (SRWHMG) is an Arizona non-profit organization. The SRWHMG is dedicated to protect, monitor and study the Salt River wild horses. The SRWHMG has been spearheading the effort to secure lasting protections for this iconic and beloved wild horse herd in the Tonto National Forest.
### Animal Recovery Mission (ARM) is a Miami based non-profit organization. ARM is dedicated to investigating, exposing and shutting down illegal and extreme animal cruelty operations including those involved in the black market horse meat trade, illegal animal slaughter farms and fighting operations.

For interview requests with ARMs Founder, Richard ‘Kudo’ Couto, please contact Taylor at

Breaking News Video

On Friday 21st October, 2016, a band of wild horses that peacefully resides along the banks of the Salt River in the Tonto National Forest in Arizona, were targeted and shot at by a heartless person. Whilst two of the horses survived the ambushed attack, Kai- a six month old foal was killed by multiple gunshot wounds. In a bizarre and sickening twist of events, Kai was also found mutilated of his genitals.

After this news came to light local people were outraged residents. This is not the first time that the wild horses of Salt River have been shot at and injured. In-fact, volunteers of the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group (SRWHMG) who are on the river daily, suspect that these majestic horses are being hunted. Ironically, almost a year ago to this shooting, a wild horse by the name of ‘Dotty’ was found dead from three shots to the head and one shot to the shoulder. Two other horses also met the same fate and a pattern appears to be emerging given the hunting season period. It is important to note that prior to the Salt River wild horses garnering media attention, 1-2 horses a year were reported shot and killed.

Whilst the Maricopa Sheriff’s department has been working hard to find the culprit, no strong leads have surfaced to date. Witnesses identified a description of the man as wearing black shorts and a green shirt. In its efforts to enhance the search and arrest of the guilty offenders, The Salt River Wild Horse Management Group (SRWHMG), which ARM is a coalition partner of, has headed a reward for the arrest and conviction of the horse killers. ARM has offered to match the reward that is raised in the hopes to not only catch the killer, but to set an example of their actions and to set the stage that such behavior and harassment towards these beloved wild horses will not go unpunished.

The two remaining horses who were also shot at, are currently being monitored closely and have been acknowledged as incurring wounds, possibly from the bullet ricochets. The SRWHMG and their volunteers are on the Salt River daily to ensure their safety and determine if they will need to be brought in to be treated.

The public still has a chance to add to the reward by doing to the Go Fund Me page, which ARM will then match.

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Hurricane Matthew aftermath at ARM Sanctuary


On October 6th, 2016, Hurricane Matthew began to plot its course of destruction up the entire coast of Florida – which also calls home to ARMs newly developed animal sanctuary. Matthew was quickly titled as the worst hurricane threat in eleven years and targeted not only the majority of Florida, but left a deadly mark on the Bahamas, Haiti and Cuba before it pummeled towards the U.S at unrelenting speeds. Whilst the hurricane hovered right above the sanctuary, evacuations were being enforced just 5 miles east of the location. As a result, winds of over 90 mph and heavy downpours destroyed many of the structures that are used daily by ARM, and the animals. Large trees fell down on the fence lines, electrical wires were severed and debris piled up over the property.

Thankfully all of the rescue animals, who are permanent residents of the Sanctuary, remained safe and sound throughout the harrowing experience. Being that the sanctuary has only recently been acquired and is a work in progress, the property took some devastating hits.
Power and water have still not been restored due to the severe damage.

ARM’s staff and dedicated volunteers have been working around the clock to get the sanctuary up and running again. ARM is asking for your kind and generous donations at this time and whilst there are so many who have been hit as bad, or worse, needing assistance .

ARM will need to hire contractors to aid in rebuilding our shelters as well as purchase replacement buildings. Additional items that ARM requires donation or contributions towards, if you are able to help include;

* Industrial size generator of 100 amps if available (capable of pumping water to animal pastures and shelters)
* Stihl chainsaws (2)
* Fencing and roofing materials
* Sand and landfill to replace erosion from water surges,

If you would like to make a donation, you can mail in to ARM at PO BOX 403344, Miami Beach, Florida 33140 or go directly to the contribute link to the top right hand side of this page, and leave a detailed note in the memo line what you desire your contribution to be directed towards.

As a 501 (c)(3) ARM will provide you with a tax certificate also. If you have any questions or require updates, please contact Rachel Taylor at

Thank you for your support at this time and we hope all the best and safety for those who are also being struck by Hurricane Matthew.

Photos from Hurricane Matthew

Green Festival Expo

Green Festival Expo – Los Angeles.

This year, ARM returned to Los Angeles as a panelist of the Green Festival Expo. In existence for 15 years as the largest and longest-running sustainability and green living event, this was the inaugural gathering of some of the leading animal advocates who joined forces to present an Animal Defenders Panel at the Expo. The aim, to utilize the established and powerful platform of innovative thinkers and highlight the connection between living a more ‘green’ lifestyle and its correlation between making more compassionate and humane choices regarding animals who co exist with us.

Over three days, thousands of attendees swarmed the Los Angeles convention centre and on Saturday, came to hear the panelists who included; Jane Velez-Mitchell (Jane Unchained), Alison Eastwood (Eastwood Ranch Foundation / Director), Simone Reyes (renown animal advocate & VP of communications for Russell Simmons), Katie Cleary (World Animal News/Peace for Animals), Shaun Monson (Earthlings, Unity), Donna Dennison (Activist & ‘That Snarky Girl’), Rachel Taylor (animal cruelty investigator – Animal Recovery Mission) and Corinna Basler (president of Green Festivals). Amongst the seasoned panelist, a rising animal advocate who is quickly being recognized as the future voice of animals, Joseph Moreno, made a surprise guest appearance. Musician and well known vegan activist, Moby, was also at attendance at the festival along with ‘Conspiracy’s Kip Anderson.

Due to the success and attendance to the Animal Defenders Panel, the Green Festivals will now be incorporating this panel into all of the events which are hosted throughout the major cities of the United States. This is an incredible opportunity for both animal advocates voices to be heard and for society to become educated on the importance of leading a vegan lifestyle and how it also benefits the planet as well as ourselves and the animals.

ARM looks forward to being a part of these educational and inspiring festivals in the future. To learn more about these amazing festivals, visit: