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November 28, 2012

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – The BLM isn’t the only government organization putting wild horses in danger of slaughter. Today eight horses captured in Lyon County are in danger of being auctioned to people who can sell them to slaughter bringing the total to over 125 auctioned since July!

Thousands of people including 11 year old Robin Warren have petitioned the Governor Brian Sandoval, but the governor refers calls back to a Department of Agriculture representative. The “livestock auction sale yard [will] not differentiate whether a person is a horse lover or a kill buyer that’s the unfortunate part of this,” department spokesperson Ed Foster said to a News 4 Reno broadcast.

Warren and her mother launched a petition on Change.org in October in response to a Pro Publica expose on Tom Davis purchasing wild horses in bulk. The petition asks the BLM to stop selling wild horses to people who can slaughter them. Over 127,000 people have signed Warren’s petition.

Many people are unaware that states, like Nevada, where the largest population of wild horses live, have the power to circumvent the BLM adoption process. With a simple newspaper announcement, Nevada sends horses captured by the Department of Agriculture to livestock auctioning.

Desperate to stop the sale of wild horses in her home state Robin has a great idea that will help save at least 2 horses – possible many more. In a video message Robin presents her proposal to the President to pardon two wild horses from slaughter for Christmas like he did for two turkeys on Thanksgiving.

Robin wants the roundups stopped. She doesn’t think it is fair that the BLM or the Department of Agriculture or any person or organization to have an exemption to the laws that protects wild horses. Selling wild horses to slaughter is “very wrong and illegal in my mind – I may be young but I am still very smart,” says Warren.

A recent announcement by the BLM revealed that thousands of letters received from an animal advocacy group opposing a gather were counted as one group comment. “Every person is an individual,” explains Robin, “and I want all of my supporters to be counted; the horses belong to all of us.” Overwhelming public support for Robin’s mission to save the wild horses shows that Americans don’t want wild horses going to slaughter.

Wild Mustang Robin began the Change.org petition “Save Wild Horses from Slaughter” October of 2012. The petition asks for the roundups and sale of wild horses by the BLM be suspended until investigated by an independent third party. Robin has collected over 127,000 signatures.



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