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Carson City Oct. 25th Rally Press Release

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on October 26, 2011



Carson City, NV October 25, 2011
At least 61 people from communities in six Nevada counties came to the rally on October 25th. The street in front of the Nevada State Legislature was constantly filled with the sounds of honking horns as motorists traveling through downtown “voiced” their support.
All the region’s television news crews were present including our Spanish language station. The print media was represented including the Associated Press.
The object of the rally was to focus public attention on the mismanagement of the historic Virginia Range herd by the Nevada Department of Agriculture. This herd that Velma “Wild Horse Annie” Johnston first fought to protect falls under the authority of the state, not the Bureau of Land Management.
Management of this herd was traditionally accomplished through non-profit groups that operated under cooperative agreements with the state. About three years ago then-Director of Agriculture Tony Lesperance summarily rescinded all cooperative agreements for the  management and control of the horses, for the supervised placement of horses with adopters, and even the saddle starting of horses by the Department of Corrections’ acclaimed inmate horse training program. All these activities were funded by the non-profit groups, not the taxpayers.
This action has, as was predicted, resulted in horses roaming through residential neighborhoods, horses roaming onto highways, horses that have been removed going to kill buyers, and the prison horse training program no longer saddle starting Virginia Range horses.
This demonstration was named “Rally for Solutions.” The participants were protesting incomprehensible actions by the Nevada Department of Agriculture that continue to put both the horses and the public at risk. The demonstrators hope to put enough pressure to bear that the department returns to some sensible and workable management models that
protect the herd, that protect the public, that protect horses that have to be removed and that don’t have to rely on dwindling tax support. It appears that the rally has achieved just that.
Immediately after the rally many of the advocates worked until well after dark taking in a large number of horses from a Bureau of Indian Affairs impound that will now be assured safe homes or sanctuary. The allied groups, that have taken in over 1,000 horses since the beginning of 2010, will continue to solve problems on the range and “in the corrals” in cooperation with agencies that wish to achieve solutions to free roaming horse issues and ensure humane placement of horses that have been removed.
Willis Lamm

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6 Responses to “Carson City Oct. 25th Rally Press Release”

  1. The only thing that I can say is: Does the State of Nevada do anything well other than support gambling? And,well, another thing. Is there an Agency under the auspices of the Department of Interior which operates with Integrity and Efficiency and Compassion for the people/animals they are supposed to protect. MMS–obviously NO; BLM–obviously NO; Dept of Indian Affairs — I think not. Ken Salazar needs to go, and there needs to be an accountability of the tax-payers money.that I think is not only being spent foolishly, but also illegally and unethically.
    BTW: Thanks so much to to wonderful people who are trying to save the horses. And that Tony Lesperance is a dumb___. (donkey)

  2. SHIRLEY LE GARDE said

    THANKS TO ALL OF THE ADVOCATES WHO CAME FORWARD AND ACCOMPLISHED WHAT THE NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE COULD NOT. THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE WAS PUT THERE BY THE PEOPLE BUT THEY CAN BE REMOVED BY THE PEOPLE. THE HORSES ARE NOT FOOD ITEMS AND THE STATES AND GOVERNMENT SHOULD STOP TRYING TO MAKE THEM SO.

  3. Regrettably, the Obama administration and Congress have joined hands to assure link text resumption/continuation of horse slaughter for human consumption. This includes domestic horses as well as wild horses. So far this administration, this year, both through the Department of the Interior and Congress, have assured the killing of wolves for sport as “vermin” and now horses for meat. The “high concept” wildlife protection organizations all supported Obama and still do, while in denial about the impact of Obama, and his minions like Salazar, who has increased slaughter. The old “Bush did it” meme” is dead and gone, but you’ll never head that from the big time defender orgs … nope, they will continue to support the killers while taking money from folks against it .. at an increasing rate. So where’s the old promises, eh?

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