CONDUCTING ONGOING INVESTIGATIONS OF ILLEGAL & INHUMANE HORSE SLAUGHTER IN MIAMI
ARM was the first animal defense organization to expose and shine the light on the most grossly misunderstood & disturbing animal cruelty industry known as the black market horse meat trade (Click here to learn more https://bit.ly/2CkRx5w).
Criminal offenders and organized crime rings of this underground market, prey one horses who are either procured from the backs of racetracks due to injury or lack of the ‘winning streak’, from craigslist ads and animal auctions and are also taken from the safety of their homes as peoples beloved pets and family members. They are butchered inhumanely, all while still alive, and stripped of their meat and sold for human consumption. Considered amongst many cultures, horse meat is considered to be a delicacy as well as a medicinal cure for ailments ranging from blood thinning disorders, cancer and even for sexual enhancement cures.
The discovery of this industry became the reasoning for ARM’s Founder, Richard Couto, to create an organization dedicated to exposing and ending this gruesome industry. With extensive horse slaughter investigations under it’s belt, ARM aided in the passage of law in 2010 making it a third degree felony if a person is even found with a piece of horse meat on their forks. This crime includes killing, selling or storing horse meat. Countless convictions have succeeded with this legislature and several offenders are currently serving prison sentences for their violent crimes, as a result of ARM’s investigations.
CONDUCTING ONGOING INVESTIGATIONS OF ILLEGAL ANIMAL SLAUGHTER FARMS
ARM's founding roots lie in conducting investigations upon illegal and inhumane operations in the greater Miami-Dade areas, which always results in animal rescues, arrests and complete closure of illegal operations which exploit and torture innocent animals.
Since it's incorporation in 2010, ARM has conducted over 140 investigations of llegal animal slaughter farms, sacrifice farms, animal fighting rings and animal abuse businesses in the State of Florida- 80% of that located in Miami-Dade county. ARM has conducted over 11 large scale animal raids/rescues and now owns a private animal sanctuary for the animal victims of the crimes in which it shuts down.
Whilst ARM now has expanded into a multi tiered, vanguard animal defense organization, conducting animal cruelty investigations throughout the United States and around the world, it still maintains a major percentage of it's time in protecting and saving animals in Miami-Dade and bordering counties inn Florida.
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 upon its private animal sanctuary. Whilst it has made vast improvements from fencing to animal structures, funding for a permanent and safe barn is still being raised. 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. ARM has drastically enhanced it's outreach and public engagement programs, educational events and public speaking opportunities in its efforts to promote a more conscious lifestyle.