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RENO, Nev.--State agriculture officials have discussed ways to muster support for the slaughter of stray horses in Nevada, and the discussions stirred protests among advocates for the free-roaming animals!! TWO ACTIONS IN ARTICLE TO TAKE S.O.S!!!!

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Krystal R (120)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 8:34 pm

By SCOTT SONNER Associated Press
Posted: 01/03/2013 11:57:28 AM PST
Updated: 01/03/2013 01:19:25 PM PST

RENO, Nev.—State agriculture officials have discussed ways to muster support for the slaughter of stray horses in Nevada, and the discussions stirred protests among advocates for the free-roaming animals.
Wild horse supporters plan a rally at the state Capitol on Friday to urge Gov. Brian Sandoval to call off next week's scheduled auction of 41 wild mustangs they fear will end up at a slaughterhouse.
"The people who frequent these auctions are kill buyers," said Carrol Abel, director of the Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund. "There is no reason these horses need to go out and be exposed to the slaughterhouse line."
Newly disclosed state records show members of the state Board of Agriculture have discussed ways to build public support for slaughtering stray horses that roam the foothills southeast of Reno.
The board discussions more than a year ago were prompted by concerns about the safety of motorists on state highways where the animals increasingly are struck and killed.
Nevada is home to about half of all free-roaming horses in the West.
The mustangs in the Virginia Range are considered state property and do not enjoy the same protections as those on adjoining federal lands under the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro and Preservation Act.
Minutes of a meeting of the state agriculture board in late 2011 make it clear that Agriculture Director Jim Barbee and board members are sensitive to the political and emotional

ramifications of selling the animals for slaughter.
In fact, one member who also serves on a federal advisory panel on wild horses suggested in December 2011 they might avoid some regulatory roadblocks by trying to place any new slaughterhouse on U.S. tribal lands, according to the minutes of the meeting on Dec. 6, 2011.
"Think looking at putting facilities on Indian reservations, which takes Legislature and everybody out of the equation," said Dr. Boyd Spratling, an Elko County veterinarian and co-chairman of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management advisory board, according to the minutes.
Charlie Frey, another board member, asked Barbee whether he discussed with Sandoval the possible slaughter of horses and whether he thought the public perception of slaughter had changed.
"I think it is something for the general public to consider in view that overseas some of that meat is (a) real good delicacy," Frey said, according to the minutes.
Wild horse advocates who requested the minutes from the Agriculture Department and provided a copy to The Associated Press plan to deliver more than 1,500 letters to Sandoval on Friday urging him to stop removing the horses from the range. They specifically want him to cancel the scheduled sale of 41 Virginia Range horses at an auction in Fallon on Wednesday.
Sandoval's press secretary Mary Sarah Kinner did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Neither did Spratling or Frey.
More than three dozen horses have been hit since summer on three rural highways in Lyon and Storey counties around Silver Springs and Virginia City.
"We are damn lucky nobody has gotten killed," board member Ramona Morrison said on Thursday.
Barbee said to his knowledge, no Nevada horses sold in previous auctions have gone to slaughter, but he acknowledged there are no rules or regulation prohibiting that from happening with regard to state strays or feral horses.
"Most of them are bought by advocate groups," Barbee said. "These are not wild horses under federal jurisdiction. These are feral or stray horses. You've got to understand the only reason we are picking up horses is the public safety issue."
Until this summer, the state made the horses available to advocacy groups for purchase before proceeding to public auction. But Barbee said that policy was suspended in August after one group re-released the animals to the range in violation of the sales agreement.
Barbee downplayed the possibility of a slaughter facility being built in Nevada and said he was not aware of anyone considering such action.
He said the matter came up because Congress had removed from an annual appropriation bill a mechanism that effectively prohibited any horse slaughterhouses in the U.S. by withholding money required to fund USDA inspections required for such a facility to operate legally.
"Horse slaughter has never been technically illegal in the U.S.," Barbee said.
A New Mexico meat company has applied to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a permit to resume domestic horse slaughter for food for the first time in five years.

Krystal R (120)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 8:37 pm

NV Agriculture Department captures a terrified Virginia Range foal (pictured above).
The State of Nevada has stepped up the capture of wild horses from the Virginia Range, an area of state, local and private land on the outskirts of Reno. Because these horses do not reside on federal land, they are not protected by federal law (Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971).

Under the leadership of Governor Brian Sandoval, the Nevada Department of Agriculture treats the historic and iconic Virginia Range mustangs like feral pests, inhumanely capturing and removing them from their homes on the range, and then dumping them at a livestock auction, where kill buyers purchase horses to ship to slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico. The state refuses to work directly with local advocacy groups, forcing them instead to outbid the kill buyers to save the captured horses from slaughter.

A recent Associated Press article revealed that discussions about slaughtering wild horses and creating a market for horse slaughter have been held at the highest levels of Nevada state government -- including Governor Sandoval himself!

A group of captured Virginia Range mustangs await their fate at a livestock auction.
Photo by Cat Kindsfather.
It's time to let Governor Sandoval know that his heartless wild horse policy is unacceptable and, if continued, will negatively impact the state's number one industry: tourism. Please act today by personalizing and sending the governor the fax below.


Your Letter:

Governor Brian Sandoval
State Capitol Building
101 N. Carson Street
Carson City, NV 89701
Fax:(775) 684-5683

Here is the action .................

and another .............

On December 5, the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) formally requested a meeting at the White House. Now we need your help to make sure the White House comes through.

The White House's website says that President Obama is "committed to making this the most open and participatory Administration in history." We haven't found that to be true in our dealing with the Obama Administration's Department of the Interior and Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

For example, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has refused to respond to a letter signed by 25,130 Americans. And despite receiving over 200,000 public comments against wild horse roundups in 2012, the BLM is implementing a policy to ignore form letters sent in by citizens.

A meeting at the White House will allow us to address these issues face to face with the President's staff and begin to open the constructive lines of communication that we've been seeking to build with his Administration.

Send President Obama a message below and encourage him to direct his staff to meet with AWHPC representatives:

Subject: Meeting with American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign
Your Letter:

President Barack Obama

Phone:(202) 456-1111
Fax:(202) 456-2461

Action .......


Krystal R (120)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 8:44 pm
Two More actions I Found for horses ........
IDA Helps Mustangs Return Home

Please use the form at the bottom of this page to tell Congress:
Reform the broken BLM Horse and Burro Program!

AND ..........................

Help Wild Horses - Act Today To Stop The BLM's
Summer Helicopter Stampede In The Nevada Desert


Angelika R (143)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 9:19 pm
Thanks Krystal, all actions taken, some already earlier. Here are the links again:

Help Horses - Stop BLM's Summer Helicopter Stampede In Nevada Desert
Send President Obama a message
Tell NV Governor: Stop Sending Mustangs to Slaughter Auction!
Tell Congress: Reform the broken BLM Horse and Burro Program!T

Angelika R (143)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 9:31 pm
Whats in that first article I have also read elsewhere and that NV IS in fact planning a horse slaughter facility.
As for that last mentioning there about that NM butcher, he filed a lawsuit to get his permit! Read more here


Marie W (67)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 9:46 pm
all done

Roseann d (178)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 10:48 pm
I'd rather support having these corrupt government official run for miles via helicopter across the desert straight to their holding pen-itentiaries. Corrupt scum!

Christeen A (447)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 12:42 am
All are done.

Roxie H (350)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 12:44 am
OOOO GOSH! ok getting all these signed....damn Thanks for calling me Krystal... ugh these poor horses!

Roxie H (350)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 12:45 am
O and TY Angelika for making the links clickable :) hugs

Roxie H (350)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 1:00 am
Here I found another Horse Petition ..................

Breeders: Reduce the Number of Horses Sent to Slaughter

Roxie H (350)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 1:11 am
Submit Comments On BLM's "New" Strategy For Wild Horses & Burros

"New" strategy continues same old business - speak up for the mustangs now!

AND ANOTHER ONE ..............

Last Hope for Horses
It is vital that we renew our push to pass the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (S. 1176/H.R. 2966) that will prohibit horse slaughter from returning to the U.S. and end the export of American horses for slaughter......................

Jan Garen (86)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 4:12 am

Nicole W (646)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 4:17 am
all signed and shared, thank you all

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 5:31 am

Solitary E (324)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 6:14 am
I was unable to get to this site, will try again later. signed all of Angelika's petitions. Thank you.

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 9:18 am
all done, TU Krystal and Angelika

Angelika R (143)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 10:35 am
Thx Roxy, that signed as well (except HSUS= for US only)

Rock H (254)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 3:25 pm
Signed all 8 action items found in the comments. Thanks Krystal and Roxy for taking the time to share this!

Leslene Dunn (84)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 10:07 pm
Noted and signed - I at least thought going into 2013 would bring about compassionate change towards our precious animals - clearly I was wrong!

Danuta W (1255)
Monday January 7, 2013, 3:15 am

Ellen G (325)
Monday January 7, 2013, 6:11 pm
TY everyone taking action now

Bette M (91)
Monday January 7, 2013, 8:52 pm
S & N

Wherever you go there once was a forest.
Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth & horses
are Mother Earths children.

Vinnie m (334)
Monday January 7, 2013, 10:32 pm
Thanks Krystal for Posting these for the magnificent horse. Already Signed all of these and have posted them to my Horse Group. Thanks Roxy for joining. I guess Sarah let you in because I've been in bed with my Allergies kicking my arse. lol...Thx. to everyone who signed.

Gysele van Santen (213)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 12:19 am
all signed.

Giana P (400)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 12:21 am
Signed. Why is everything connected to slaughter???

Robert O (12)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 12:32 am
Thanks Krystal.

Tuesday January 8, 2013, 12:40 am
Noted & Done. Thanks Krystal

Emma S (241)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 1:28 am
All done! Thanks, Krystal, Angelika and Roxy.

Tanya W (65)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 4:22 am
Noted and signed 3 petetions but couldn't sign last one.

Victoria P (279)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 4:34 am

Amy E (66)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 8:28 am

End CrueltyDeb W (152)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 9:35 am
Site doesn't give any email or link to sign .......

Natalie V (27)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 3:10 pm
noted & already signed

Elaine Al Meqdad (283)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 3:35 pm

Vicky P (476)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 4:10 pm
Noted and signed

Sylvie Bermannova (42)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 1:10 am
Noted. Singed all pets that were possible to sign -- as always -- for the sake of these amazing wild horses and burros that, I believe, should be let run free and be protected from any harm, let alone slaughter!

Yvonne F (180)
Friday February 1, 2013, 11:57 am
Signed!!!!! Thanks Krystal

Barbara Erdman (63)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 2:15 pm
Noted and signed Krystal :-0 Thnx

Elvira Escamilla Davila (60)
Friday November 22, 2013, 5:21 am
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