Law Would Leave Nevada “Littered With Dead Wild Horses”

A heartbreaking new atrocity is happening to wild horses and burros in Nevada.  This time it isn’t BLM flying overhead with helicopters to round them up; instead it is legislation that would deny them access to water. reported the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign have joined forces to urge Nevada state legislators to reject AB 329 — a bill that would “leave Nevada littered with the bodies of wild horses and burros.”

The Animal Law Coalition says the bill would re-define the definition of “wildlife” to specifically exclude wild horses and burros in the appropriation of water.

This means, wild horses and burros would not be entitled to drinking water.

AB 329 has already passed the Assembly with a vote of 35-7.  It is now pending in the Senate Natural Resources Committee.

The Animal Law Coalition revealed the rationale behind the proposal:

The bill is the result of cattle ranchers who formed a committee last year to devise a way to remove wild horses and burros from public lands. Their solution: remove the animals for using water or deny them water. 

The organization also said, “But whether or not the state of Nevada choose to call these animals ‘wildlife,’ they are still federally protected under the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act, which assures their right to ‘beneficial use’ of water.”

If AB 329 passes it will go directly against federal law.

Assemblyman Pete Goicoechea introduced the proposal as an innocent neutral water appropriation bill, but admits he did so at the request of cattlemen and hunters from northeastern Nevada.

The ASPCA and AWHPC explained, “These narrow special interest groups view wild horses and burros as competition for cheap commercial livestock grazing and big game hunting on public lands.”

The animal welfare organizations have hired attorney Bruce Wagman of the national law firm, Schiff Hardin LLC to represent the interest of the animals. 
In a letter to Governor Brian Sandoval, Wagman said:

Contrary to the claims of AB 329 supporters, this proposed law could have a catastrophic impact on wild horses and burros, who depend on these natural water sources for survival.  The bill is a direct assault on the federal law, enacted unanimously by the Congress and with overwhelming support of the public, to protect wild horses and burros as part of our national heritage.

Wild horses and burros are an integral part of U.S. history.  They deserve to roam free on the land where they were born.

TAKE ACTION:  There are two ways to help. 

Sign the Care2 petition — Urgent! Nevada Wild Horses And Burros Need Help!


The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign has two petitions to sign.  One is for Nevada residents and the other as concerned citizens.  Click Here to read the petitions.


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William C
William C4 months ago


W. C
W. C4 months ago

Thank you for caring.

Lorraine B.
Lorraine Boegle5 years ago

I must say that bigotry runs rampant and deep when it comes to the rancher/cattleman/sheepmen, these people are as much of the integral part of our history as any of the horses that run over the range.
Without these people there would not be the beautiful horses you see there, they would be course headed, ewe necked, coon footed, small bodied inbred outcasts !
With the ranchers introduction and addition of the blooded horses integrated into the herds over the years and the release of good blooded stallion AND mares into the herds much has been accomplished, think on that for awhile.
Also, how many privately owned horses were taken from the owners during the inception of the Wild Horse & Burro take over ??????

Betty Schueler
Betty Schueler5 years ago

Ranchers are cutting their own throats with bills such as this one. It makes me more determined than ever not to eat meat from grazing animals. As more people learn the real cost of eating meat from grazing animals I think they will reduce or stop eating such meat like I have.

paula eaton
paula eaton5 years ago

Vicious lawmakers bending over and kissing the rears of special interest groups. Sounds like they will let them die of thirst or use it as an excuse to round up and send horses and burros to slaughter.

Linda Jarsky
Linda Jarsky6 years ago

If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.
---St. Francis of Assisi

Ana P Martinez
Ana Martinez6 years ago

I say "Don't eat Beef" hit them ranchers where it hurts...beef is bad for you anyway! Those beautiful creatures have a right to roam free and to drink the water....Who has the right to deny them this natural resource? NOBODY, that's who!

Diane L.
Diane L6 years ago

Erika, stop fretting! This is an old discussion and the proposed bill never passed.

Erika W.
Erika W.6 years ago

Hit the cattlemen where it hurts ... don't buy beef! Mustangs have a right to the water.

Helen Camren
Past Member 6 years ago

I am just stunned with horror.

Native animals denied the rights to water!

Rainbow Warriors care and are courageous enough to face what is too hard to even think about; to face it and fight it.

I am so proud of US.