This Board sets the state's wild horse management policy, which currently includes capturing Nevada's historic Virginia Range mustangs by the dozens and dumping them at slaughter auctions.
Over the last four months, local Nevada groups have rescued 99 wild horses -- including Sandy and her family pictured at left -- from slaughter by purchasing them at the livestock auction. The state has captured yet another 26 mustangs who will be put up for bid at the slaughter auction next week.
If you live within driving distance of Sparks, Las Vegas or Elko, please consider attending this meeting to demand that the state stop capturing and selling Nevada's treasured wild horses for slaughter!
WHAT: Meeting of the Nevada Board of Agriculture
WHEN: December 12, 2012 at 9 a.m.
WHERE: NV Dept. of Agriculture, 405 S. 21st St., Sparks, NV, Tel: 775-353-3601
NV Dept. of Agriculture (via video conf.), 2300 McLeod St. Las Vegas, NV, Tel: 702-668-7590
NV Dept. of Agriculture (via video conf.), 4780 E. Idaho St., Elko, NV, Tel: 775-738-8076
If you cannot attend the meeting in person, please call the office in your area. Sample message (for delivery either in person or by telephone):
"I am a Nevada resident and I oppose the state's policy of capturing wild horses and dumping them at slaughter auctions. I urge the Department of Agriculture to turn over any captured horses to rescue groups. I further urge the state to stop capturing the Virginia Range mustangs and start humanely managing them on the range with birth control. These horses are important to our state's heritage and tourist economy. The state's current policy toward them is unacceptable."
The beautiful mustangs below are currently in the possession of the Nevada Department of Agriculture. Will you please speak up for them before they are put up for bid at a livestock auction where kill buyers will be lining up to buy them and haul them to Mexico for slaughter?