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Update: Law Would Leave Nevada “Littered With Dead Horses”

Update: Law Would Leave Nevada “Littered With Dead Horses”

The latest heartbreaking injustice to wild horses and burros in Nevada has been stopped.  The proposed legislation that would have denied the animals from getting their fair share of water did not pass the Nevada Senate Natural Resources Committee. 

Chairperson, Mark Manenda told his committee members he was concerned about the “unintended consequences” of AB 329.

The bill would have amended the present appropriation, use and regulation of water in Nevada to specifically exclude wild horses and burros by re-defining the state’s definition of wildlife.  Currently water must be available to all wildlife. 

If AB 329 had passed, the new definition would have only included wild birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians.

The bill would also have allowed ranchers to fence off land to keep wild mustangs and burros from having access to drinking water.  AB 329 would have threatened the existence of these animals.

Assemblyman Pete Goicoechea introduced the bill at the request of cattlemen and hunters from northeastern Nevada.  These groups see wild horses and burros as competition for land where livestock graze and big game hunting takes place.

AB 329 passed the Nevada Assembly on April 15 and was waiting for approval by the Senate Natural Resources Committee.  It will now be sent to the Public Lands Counsel for further study, but Manendo said he would draft a letter explaining the questionable issues behind the proposal.

Killing the bill will buy time for the Bureau of Land Management to work out an agreement with the state regarding water rights for the animals.  If no agreement is made, the bill can be re-introduced in September.

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5:47PM PDT on Jun 28, 2011

We should start withholding the land and water from all the special interest groups that want to remove wild horses by any cruel means possible.

1:38PM PDT on Jun 21, 2011

Has anybody thought about wild life there! It must not happen!

10:50AM PDT on Jun 5, 2011

This must not happen!

7:13PM PDT on Jun 4, 2011

we are the only species that kills for fun and for some sort of imagined justification
H4eaven must weep.I know I do

10:08AM PDT on Jun 3, 2011

Just who are these 'individuals' that make their own decisions, and against everything godly. Let's get rid of the problem people in government; only one of them and millions of us. Their constant meddling causes each and everyone of us to battle their stupidity. No more are they allowed to make decisions based on their own opinions. From now on ALL so-called threats MUST be presented via petitions of at least one million signatures, then they can stand before us to begin the battle. In the meantime, make them stop with petty nuisances to the general public. We will always stand up for the innocent lives that these people try to tear down.

4:00AM PDT on Jun 3, 2011

You know, sometimes i am ashamed to part of the human race.. Sickening. How would these beurocrats like it if we stopped their access to water? The natural resources of this planet belong to nature, the last time i looked Humans are just caretakers of this planet..... And if i was the boss i would sack us all!!!!!

4:10PM PDT on May 29, 2011

nevada legislators should be kept from water if they pass this law, bastards

9:33PM PDT on May 28, 2011

When I first read about this new bill, I couldn't believe that a state was actually going to deny water to wild horses and burros. Now, I'm glad the bill didn't pass. I hope our petition signatures helped kill this bill and I hope the Nevada legislature won't be trying to pass it again.

4:46AM PDT on May 28, 2011

Humans sink lower and lower as days go by.

3:55AM PDT on May 28, 2011

these horses are only here because of people. maybe ask Spain for help. They broght them here in exploration and conquest.

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