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RESCUED: 23 Wild Horses Sent to Slaughter Auction by the State of Nevada

September 21, 2012

Over the last three weeks, the Nevada Department of Agriculture has reportedly removed at least 60 wild horses from public state lands near Reno. The state sent 23 of those captured mustangs (pictured in photo) to a livestock auction in Fallon, Nevada where kill buyers are known to purchase horses for slaughter.

The additional captured mustangs (exact number unknown) are being held by the state and are expected to come up for auction in the near future.

Last night, local Nevada wild horse advocates orchestrated the dramatic -- and expensive -- rescue of all of the horses, who are now known as the "South Reno 23." All of these horses are now in new homes or foster homes --16 are available for adoption. Purchase of the horses cost the local groups approximately $11,000.


1. Call Nevada Governor Sandoval (775-684-5670 or 702-486-2500).

Politely ask the governor to instruct the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDOA) to work with wild horse advocacy rescue groups to protect wild horses on state lands. Tell the Governor that it is not acceptable for the state to dump wild horses at auctions where they can be sold for slaughter and ask him to instruct NDOA to work with local organizations in the future to mitigate the need to remove horses from the range. Wild horses are an integral part of Nevada's history and culture and tourism industry; they deserve to be protected, not rounded up and sold for slaughter.

2. Donate to help local advocacy groups in Nevada with this rescue.

To help with the cost of this rescue and the ongoing care of these horses, please click here. Rescuing the South Reno 23 has strained the resource of local rescue groups, who must now care for the horses and prepare to purchase additional captured mustangs when they come up for auction in the future.

The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) is dedicated to preserving American wild horses and burros in viable free-roaming herds for generations to come, as part of our national heritage. Supported by a coalition of over 50 organizations, its grassroots campaign seeks:

    * A suspension of roundups in all but verifiable emergency situations while the entire BLM wild horse and burro program undergoes fiscal and scientific reform;

    * Higher Appropriate Management Levels (AML) for wild horses and burros on those rangelands designated for them based on a fairer allocation of resources on our public lands;

* Implementation of in-the-wild management, which would keep wild horses and burros on the range and save taxpayers millions of dollars annually by avoiding the removal and stockpiling of wild horses in government holding facilities.

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