Established in 2010, The Animal Recovery Mission (ARM) is a non profit investigative organization dedicated to eliminating extreme animal cruelty operations worldwide. Our mission is to be an uncompromising defending force for the welfare of animals in addition to putting an end to and preventing pain, suffering and torture inflicted as a result of inhumane practices.
ARM implements direct-action tactics to investigate, document and expose illegal activities of animal cruelty. The organization’s main goals are to improve the quality of life for animals and educate the public. The end result will raise awareness of the unforeseen ethical, social and environmental implications of animal abuse and produce effective changes in the treatment of defenseless animals.
ARM, alongside the Miami-Dade State Attorneys office, Agriculture Department and countless official agencies, raided and shut down one of the largest and longest running illegal animal slaughter farms just 20 minutes from Miami Beach.
The Coco Farms operation had been torturing and slaughtering an unimaginable number of animals for over 50 years. This rapidly became known as the largest tactical operation regarding animal cruelty.
Coco Farm no longer exists and all structures on the property were demolished. All of the violent animal killers have been arrested and prosecuted. Learn more by visiting our website page at : http://www.animalrecoverymission.org/operations/illegal-slaughter-farms/coco-farm/
A raw footage compilation of the new ARM Sanctuary that ARM is creating to provide life long after care to the animals of abuse which are rescued, following the investigations and rescues.
ARMs Founder (Richard Couto) and Lead Vet ( Dr Heidi Thomas) assessing the thousands of malnourished and tortured animals , upon arrival at the Coco Farm raid in South Miami.
ARM's Founder with Freedoms Flight who he rescued following an illegal animal slaughter farm rescue. This horse, and the discovery of the Black Market Horse Meat trade in Miami, became the reason for creating Animal Recovery Mission (ARM). Freedoms Flight was tied to a tree at the time of his rescue, riddled with strangled and a severe leg injury as a racehorse. He was destined to be slaughtered for his meat by one of Miami's most reknown horse killers - Manuel Coto.
Freedoms Flight now lives his life at the ARM Sanctuary.
The heartbreaking condition of many of the animals that are filtered through the hundreds of illegal slaughter farms in Florida alone. ARM, since its inception, has now investigated, exposed and closed down over 135 of these operations. Rescuing these animals and derailing this type of criminal activity in our community has made a great impact.
This Goat kid, Eve, was born following one of ARM's investigations and raids of an illegal animal slaughter and sacrifice farm. She would have been brutally slaughtered, now she is one of ARM's mascots for the Sanctuary Division.
Following ARMs grueling undercover investigations, the most satisfying moments for the investigators and organization, is seeing the violent animal killers in handcuffs and seizing all of the animals on their property that would otherwise have been slaughtered in an inhumane manner.
These rescues ultimately save the countless animals that would have also met the same fate, had the operations continued prior to ARMs intervention.
INVESTIGATIONS OF ILLEGAL & INHUMANE HORSE SLAUGHTER IN MIAMI
In 2010, ARM aided in the passsage of law making it a third degree felony with a hefty penalty, if even found with a piece of horsemeat on their forks. This crime includes killing, selling or storing horsemeat. Countless convictions have succeedeed with this legislature and several offenders are currently serving prison sentences for their violent crimes.
INVESTIGATIONS OF ILLEGAL ANIMAL SLAUGHTER FARMS
These investigations are undertaken on a constant basis as the work which we conduct for animal cruelty and abuse. Through our investigations we expose and put close down many large scale illegal operations, who are subjecting farm animals to horrific forms of abuse, neglect and torture. Criminal offenders are handed hefty sentences because of our concrete evidence which ewe obtain as animal cruelty investigators, and thousands upon thousands of abused, near dead animals are rescued.
In the Miami district from Homestead to Hialeah and beyond, to date ARM has investigated, exposed and rescued animals from
PROTECTING DOMESTIC & FARM ANIMALS FROM RELIGIOUS SACRIFICE
A large part of ARMs work, which also connects to the illegal animal slaughter farm industries in Miami, is addressing the inhumane handling, processing and selling of animals used in religious ceremonies. The animals are mistreated, deprived of food and water and are bound by duct tape or rope. Almost always they are locked in unventilated car trunks and left bound, sometimes for days, before they are sacrificed for ceremonies. ARM stands to address the standards in which animals are treated in every arena.
20 STALL MAIN BARN & QUARANTINE FACILITY
ARM strives to provide lifelong care for the animals rescued following its undercover investigations of animal cruelty operations. An urgent need to execute this wish, is to construct a large barn and quarantine facility. This program will be geared towards building a 20 stall barn equipped with a quarantine section to safety house sick or injured animals. ARM is also initiating a capital campaign to address many of these expenses and hopes to be able to offer naming rights to major donors and contributors.
EDUCATIONAL CAMPAIGNS ON ANIMAL CRUELTY AND THE LAW
Also important to ARM is the raising of awareness of crimes against animals and what ARM is doing to derail them. THis year ARM held it's first annual fundraiser on Earth Day to help promote a more conscious lifestyle in our purchases and habits that often affect the environment and animals. ARM also participated in multiple community events to spread the word of our message.
General Operations & Development
General Operations & Development
Lead Animal Caretaker / Barn Manager
This organization's financial statements were independently submitted and have not been verified by The Miami Foundation.