Animal Recovery Mission

The Animal Recovery Mission (ARM) is a vanguard investigative animal welfare organization developed in 2010 by Richard Couto, shortly after being exposed to one of Miami’s darkest and most brutal animal cruelty operations. Upon discovering illegal animal slaughter farms and the black market horse meat trade, Couto, also known as ‘Kudo,’ invoked his vision of exposing and implementing solutions for extreme criminal acts towards animals into reality and created an unstoppable team dedicated to our organization’s cause.

Kudo carefully crafted ARM Investigations as a direct-action organization. We conduct innovative investigative tactics to gather compelling evidence. ARM collaborates with local law enforcement, State attorneys, environmental protection agencies, and The Animal Legal Defense Fund to produce concrete evidence to end criminal acts involving animal torture.

ARM has since become the foremost expert organization in illegal horse slaughter. We specialize in condemning illegal animal slaughter farms in the United States. However, ARM’s work is not limited to slaughter farms. We are also actively investigating the black market horse meat trade, bestiality, underground animal fighting rings, fox & coyote penning games, and bear bile farms, to name a few, as well as the preservation of Wild Mustangs.

Succeeding in our investigations and exposing the truth, as well as eradicating these illegal practices, has produced life-changing results and permanent solutions. ARM’s goals and vision are to continually raise the bar for the welfare of animals and prevent and reduce their pain, fear, and suffering.

As an organization, we strive to be the defending force for destitute animals and make significant improvements in how they are treated by exposing the truth and implementing laws to protect and educate the public on these illegal and barbaric practices. ARM prides itself on taking up the challenges that no one else will.


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Board Members:

Richard Couto, President

Maia Chrepcala, Vice President

Kris Lowney, Treasurer