Protect Mustangs (Photo by Cat Kindsfather)
Iconic wild horses will need adopters
Famous for the classic TV series, Bonzanza, Virginia City’s wild horses have been trapped and are being processed to be sold at an auction frequented by kill-buyers.
On Oct 24th, twenty-nine Virginia Range wild horses are going to be sold by the State of Nevada at the Fallon Livestock Auction.
Historic Virginia Range wild horses are loosing their freedom due to urban sprawl. Wild horses create biodiversity on the range and reduce fuel for wildfires.
“Nevada has a four legged goldmine but they don’t realize it,” states Anne Novak, executive director of Protect Mustangs. “These native grazers reduce the fuel for multimillion dollar wildfires. Tourists from around the world love taking photographs of historic wild horses living in freedom–living symbols of the wild West. We hope Nevada will get hip to their assets on the range and stop selling them off to the highest bidder.”
Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund will spearhead the rescue lead by Shannon Windle. Protect Mustangs will lend their support to help save the historic wild horses from going to slaughter for human consumption.
Last month 53 Virginia Range wild horses were trapped and sent to the auction. All the horses were rescued thanks to a huge team effort Lead by Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund with Protect Mustangs, Let ‘Em Run, American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, Least Resistance Training Concepts, HorsePower, Starlight Sanctuary, other groups and individuals around the world.
Read about it in New Zealand’s Horsetalk and Australia’s HorseYard.
Adoption information is here. Contact Anne@ProtectMustangs.org if you want to adopt a wild horse or two.
Contact Governor Sandoval if you don’t like Nevada removing indigenous wild horses and selling them at an auction with kill-buyers. Let them know if you are from out of state or out of the country because Nevada seems to care about tourism.
Politely ask Governor Sandoval to step in–to stop the removals and the sales. Ask him to RELOCATE all the wild horses who have been trapped already by the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDOA) and bring them food and water if needed on the range.
Contact the Governor here:
Emails can be sent via this link.
Donations may be sent directly to Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund.
Links of interest:
Horsetalk reports: Charities pay three times the going rate for wild horses
HorseYard reports: Horse lovers unite to save Nevada’s wild horses from kill buyers
Notice of sale from the Nevada Department of Agriculture:
29 VIRGINIA RANGE HORSES from Virginia City, Nevada
NOTICE OF ESTRAY ANIMALS
AS PER N.R.S. 569.070 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the following described animal(s) have been taken up as an Estray Animal(s) VRE Horses #1898, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, and 1926. The
Estray Horses were captured in Virgina City, in Storey County. The described animals are being held at The Nevada Prison Ranch, 5500 Synder Ave., Carson City, Nv. The Estray Stallions 1 year and older will be gelded prior to placement.Estray #1898 VRE Bay Stud
Estray # 1899 VRE Bay Stud
Estray #1900 VRE Bay Stud
Estray #1901 VRE Bay Stud
Estray #1902 VRE Black Mare
Estray #1903 VRE Bay Stud
Star, LH & RH socks, LF pastern
Estray #1904 VRE Bay Mare
Star LH coronet
Estray #1905 VRE Bay Stud
Star, RH pastern, LF coronet
Estray #1906 VRE Bay Mare
Estray #1907 VRE Bay Stud
Large star and snip, RH &LH pastern
Estray #1908 VRE Black Mare
Small star and snip, RH & LH socks
Estray # 1909 VRE Bay Mare
Estray #1910 VRE Bay Stud
Small star, LH & RH pastern
Estray #1911 VRE Bay Mare
Star, RH stocking
Estray #1912 VRE Bay Stud
Estray #1913 VRE Bay Stud
Estray #1914 VRE Bay Mare
Star,short strip, large snip LH &RH stockings, LF coronet
Estray #1915 VRE Bay Mare
Star, RH pastern, LH coronet
Estray #1916 VRE Bay Mare
Estray #1917 VRE Sorrel Mare
Star, strip, and snip
Estray # 1918 Bay Stud
Estray #1919 Bay Filly
Estray #1920 VRE Bay Stud
Star, snip, RH sock
Estray #1921 VRE Bay Stud
Large star, offset snip
Estray #1922 VRE Appaloosa Mare
Estray #1923 VRE Bay Mare
Estray #1924 VRE Bay Stud
Estray #1925 VRE Bay Filly
Estray #1926 VRE Bay Stud
Star, RH pastern
AS PER N.R.S. 569.080, if an estray animal is not claimed within 5 working days after the last publication of the advertisement, as required before sale or placement, said animal (s) will be available for sale or placement by the Division of Livestock Identification on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, at the Nevada Livestock Market, Fallon, NV.
NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
4780 East Idaho Street
Elko, Nevada 89801