On January 27, 2012, the Nevada legislature's Committee on Public Lands will meet to consider legislative recommendations. On the agenda is a bill -- pushed by a small group of cattlemen and big game hunters -- that would cut off wild horses and burros from their right to access water across the entire state. These ranchers and hunters view mustangs and burros as competition for cheap livestock grazing and big game hunting on our public lands.
In 2011, this legislation -- Assembly Bill 329 (AB329) -- was passed by the Nevada Assembly, and sent by the Senate onto the Committee on Public Lands for further review.
The bill would specifically exclude wild horses and burros from the definition of "wildlife" within the context of Nevada water resource allocation law, thereby depriving them of their right to access this indispensable, life-sustaining resource. Meanwhile, every other free-living animal, whether native or non-native, from mammals to mollusks, would continue to be considered wildlife for the purposes of water planning in Nevada.
As a Nevadan, your voice is critical to counter the cattlemen and big game hunters who want to drive wild horses off the Nevada range once and for all!
What You Can Do
1. Attend the meeting in Carson City, or via video conference in Las Vegas and Elko!
WHEN: Friday, January 27, 2012 at 9 A.M.
(Arrive by 9 a.m.; the wild horse legislation is one of the first items on the agenda.)
WHERE: Carson City: Nevada Legislative Bldg., 401 S. Carson Street, Room 3138.
Las Vegas: Grant Sawyer State Office Bldg., Room 4401, 555 East Washington Ave.
Elko: Great Basin College, High Tech Center, Room 123, 1500 College Parkway.
Public comments will be taken at all three locations -- let's have a good showing for the mustangs and burros!
If you cannot attend the meeting, listen or view it live at http://www.leg.state.nv.us - click on “Live Meetings – Listen or View.”
2. Send a message to the members of the Committee on Public Lands and your Assemblyperson and Senator.
It's easy - simply personalize (especially the subject line and introduction to the letter) and send the message below.
Please Be a Voice for Nevada's Mustangs Today! Thank you for your support.