While the fate of our beloved Virginia Range wild horses is still up in the air, there is some good news on the horizon. Many people have been doing good work to help protect and preserve the wild ones. There have been protests, letters emailed, FAXed, and snail-mailed to Governor Sandoval as well as directly to the Nevada Board of Agriculture letting them know what a very bad idea they have concocted to ‘transfer ownership’ of our beloved horses!
A special THANK YOU goes out to Storey County Commissioner and Tahoe Reno Industrial Center Director Lance Gilman and TRI Project Manager Kris Thompson for meeting with Governor Sandoval and arguing for the horses. Their meeting resulted in the following encouraging statement from Governor Sandoval:
“I agree that the Department and advocates should work together to find solutions to humanely manage the Virginia Range horse population. I have asked the Department to reach out to him [Gilman] directly to open a dialogue”.
NOW IS THE TIME TO KEEP UP THE PRESSURE ON THE STATE OF NEVADA TO ENSURE FREEDOM REIGNS FOR THE VIRGINIA RANGE WILD HORSES!!!!!
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NEW MESSAGE FOR GOVERNOR SANDOVAL:
January 18, 2018
Dear Governor Sandoval,
I am writing to you once again regarding the Nevada Board of Agriculture’s terrible decision on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, to approve the following agenda item (voted 8 to 1 in favor):
“The Nevada Board of Agriculture directs the Nevada Department of Agriculture to transfer ownership of all feral/estray horses, commonly known as the Virginia Range Estrays, located south of I80, north of Highway 50, east of Highway 395, and west of Alternate 95, to a non-profit animal advocate organization through a ‘Request For Proposal’ process, in accordance with NRS 569.010 and NRS 569.031” submitted by Boyd Spratling, Vice Chair of the Nevada Board of Agriculture”
I remain vehemently opposed to the action mentioned above that is not only illegal, but is also irresponsible, irrational, unrealistic, unachievable, and will cost the State of Nevada tens to hundreds of thousands of tax payer dollars to just initiate (
see NRS 569.080.4. - each animal must be ‘marked, branded or identified with an individual animal identification before sale or placement’
). I remind you that people from around the world visit this area just to see our beautiful wild horses, infusing the Nevada economy with valuable dollars. I expect the State of Nevada to respect the opinions, protests, and wishes of the majority of its citizens to revere, cherish, and embrace the wild horses of the Virginia Range.
I am very encouraged by your recent remarks to the Board of Agriculture to open dialogue with local wild horse advocates. This is the only reasonable avenue to a productive, realistic approach to provide the humane management of the beloved wild horses of the Virginia Range. Without this special public / private partnership, the good work responsible wild horse advocacy groups have been implementing will suffer. A new Cooperative Agreement should be considered more valuable than the privatization of the Virginia Range wild horses.
I would like to encourage you to, once again, direct the Nevada Board of Agriculture to reverse its decision to “transfer ownership” of the Virginia Range wild horses and work directly with local wild horse advocates. Please stress to your Board appointees the importance of re-engaging with local organizations to generate a well thought out Agreement that will increase public safety and keep the wild horses on the range – where they belong.
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