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No Blind Eye To Corruption: Virginia Range (Mound House) Horse Roundup & Protest Information

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on October 18, 2010


No Blind Eye To Corruption

Virginia Range Horse Roundup and Protest Information

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We have been informed that Governor Gibbons has issued a directive for the Nevada Dept. of Agriculture to go around and pick up Virginia Range horses. Obviously he had no interest in cooperating with the local communities to solve the problems of horses being lured into neighborhoods, but he’s going to protect his Deputy Chief of Staff’s unfenced bogus hay field that is luring horses across US-50. It looks like the lame duck Governor is going to try to pull off as many horses as he can in the waning days of his tenure in office.

There are laws that address how the state is supposed to remove and dispose of Virginia Range horses. These are laws that the governor’s buddy Tony Lesperance, Director of Agriculture, conveniently ignores. Presently there are five Virginia Range horses up for sale at the Fallon Livestock Exchange for which the required legal notices of capture and sale were never published and which went to the auction yard without the required brands.

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez-Masto, who is charged with the responsibility of enforcing legal conduct among state officials, unfortunately runs an agency that appears to have no interest in dealing with corrupt practices by state officials that have gone on for years. Therefore corruption in the NV Department of Agriculture continues.

A number of advocates will be “patrolling” areas where horses are likely to be trapped and will document trapping operations by taking photographs and submitting them, along with reports, to the local news media.

Area horse groups are planning a demonstration outside the Attorney General’s Office, 100 N. Carson St., Carson City on Wednesday, October 20, between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM. The theme of the demonstration will be “No Blind Eye to Corruption”. It is hoped that the Attorney General – who is up for reelection – will take notice of public opinion, do her job and stop holding the public to one set of standards while she holds state officials to lesser standards.

All concerned advocates are encouraged to attend the demonstration.  Please remember that we conduct safe and sane demonstrations in Nevada’s State Capitol and we respect other citizens with whom we share the sidewalk.  As a result, we have good relations with local law enforcement that we wish to maintain.

Signs are permitted and some will be provided. If you bring your own signs please remember that this is a Virginia Range horse issue, not BLM. I mention this so that motorists and the media viewing the demonstration won’t get confused.

Additional details can be found at here and this information will be updated as needed.

Carrol Abel has agreed to be a point of contact for advocates who wish to attend the demonstration and need more specific information. She can be reached at hiddenvalleyhorse@yahoo.com or 775-461-2121.

IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND THE DEMONSTRATION but wish to help, you can register your concerns with the following individuals whom we feel really need to hear from you:

  • Office of the Nevada Attorney General: 775-684-1100 email- aginfo@ag.state.nv.us
  • Governor Gibbons: 775-684-5670 website http://gov.state.nv.us/Contact_Us_NORTHX.htm
  • Nevada Department of Agriculture:
    • JoAnn Mothershead: 775-738-8076 email- jmothershead@agri.state.nv.us
    • Tony Lesperance: 775-353-3613 email- tlesperance@agri.state.nv.us
  • Other Contacts: Fallon Livestock Exchange 775-867-2020 fla@phonewave.net

Please mark your calendars to make calls and send emails at least one day this week! This is what is happening to the Virginia Range horses… Warning!!! This picture is graphic in nature.

Virginia Range (Mound House) Horse versus Automobile

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10 Responses to “No Blind Eye To Corruption: Virginia Range (Mound House) Horse Roundup & Protest Information”

  1. Trish Lee said

    Such a shame!

  2. Leslie Peeples said

    Thanks for taking this on! How in the world do these people always get away with breaking and going around the law?
    Is this dead wild horse one that was hit on the road? Can we get these horses, put together a rescue? Didn’t you say in a previous post that they were supposed to be offered first to rescue organizations?

    • Yea, this is one that was struck by a vehicle and killed.
      As far as “getting the horses” and/or a rescue – this is a very old battle that has been fought for many years. There are more “Virginia Range Horse Rescue” organizations that I can count LOL. The biggest thing that is needed now is going to be that phone calls and emails to the Governer’s offices and to the NDoA telling them that we are not going to stand for this kind of BS and we are going to hold them accountable for their tresspasses whether their superiors do or not.
      Additionally, the rescue organizations are going to be needing lots of hay, feed, and possibly help with transportation should rescue operations be required. We are still not sure yet how this is all going to go down – if the gub’ment (Southern for government) people are going to play by the rules, or if they’re going to continue breaking the law. If they “play nice” then the horses should be fine as is – in the wild – the way that they should be. If rescue is required, we will definitely post as much information as possible on what is needed, updates, etc.
      Hopefully, we can put enough pressure on them to “make them see the error of their ways” and all will be well. If the pressure doesn’t work, K-D bar the doors… It’s gonna get rough!
      T.

  3. SHIRLEY LE GARDE said

    IT SEEMS NEVADA GOVERNMENT IS ABOVE THE LAW ALSO. MAYBE WHEN REID IS GONE THINGS WILL CHANGE. IT IS A SHAME THE GOVERNOR CHIEF OF STAFF IS SO CHEAP HE CAN NOT PUT A FENCE AROUND A SMALL PIECE OF PROPERTY AND NOW THE HORSES MUST DIE. NO WONDER MR. WINN IS LEAVING NEVADA.

  4. Sylvia Schmidt said

    the correct email address is Jim Gibbons:
    http://gov.state.nv.us/_vti_bin/shtml.dll/Contact_Us_SOUTHX.htm

  5. Linda said

    It’s a sad day for everyone (especially these innocent horses) when goverment refuses to cooperate with private citizens willing to help solve a problem.

    I had an idea on this a few days ago. If people have areas where they don’t want horses to graze they could plant Achillea (Yarrow). From what I’ve read, horses don’t like to eat it.

    There’s a variety called Western Yarrow that’s supposed to be extremely cold/heat/drought tolerant. Yarrow is what’s being proposed to keep animals away from the (UGH!) Ruby Pipeline.

    Actually there are a number of varieties in many colors. When planted together, theymake an appealing “Wildflower Meadow”. The roots form a thick mat that keeps out weeds and prevents erosion, so yarrow a good option for shoulders of roads and highways.

    In this instance, someone could do a “controlled burn” of the field. I think the horses would first be repelled by the smell of burnt grass and, if they did return, there’d be nothing to eat. Then, hopefully, they’d find food in less dangerous places.

    Just a idea.

    P.S. – I live in the NM high desert and have allot of very low-growing yarrow in my backyard. I hope to replace my thirsty grass with the same variety next Spring. Looks pretty much like a conventional lawn and far better than the weedy “patchwork” I have now.

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