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!
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.