Activists keep Nevada horses from going to slaughter

RENO, Nev. — (Jul. 11, 2010) With the financial backing of a California winery owner, activists on Saturday purchased almost all 174 horses up for sale at a state-sanctioned auction in Nevada to keep the horses from going to the slaughterhouse.

Stephanie Hoefener of the Lancaster, Calif.-based Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue group said activists purchased 172 horses for $31,415. The other two horses were acquired by private individuals for their personal use, she said.

“We’re excited so many people came together to save the horses,” Hoefener said. “This is amazing, and we all feel joyful.”

The horses were rounded up by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management last month near the Nevada-Utah line and turned over to the Nevada Department of Agriculture for disposal.

Agriculture department officials acknowledge the estray horses could have wound up at slaughterhouses because they did not have the federal protections afforded to wild-roaming horses.
The horses are believed to be strays or descendants of horses abandoned by private owners over the years in Pilot Valley north of West Wendover.

“For advocacy groups to step up to the plate and make a financial commitment like this to save the horses, we think this is a wonderful thing,” Nevada Department of Agriculture spokesman Ed Foster said. Read more >>

Source: Martin Griffith for the Associated Press

4 thoughts on “Activists keep Nevada horses from going to slaughter”

  1. You got it !!! I have already written them all extensive letters…………………… I am so happy I made you laugh !!! But its the truth and they know it…………………….. For the ones that work there that are appaulled at the BLMs calious and derogtory remarks made toward the very animals that put food on their tables and pay their mortgages I am sorry……… But I ask to them the Question , if you do not condone what they are doing where you work , how can you be a party to it??????? I must believe in what I am doing at work to feel comfortable…………………….. Unless they are there to make the difference…. Why ?????? To be able to protect Americas Precious Mustangs should be and is an honor and a privilege, I also ask what part of that dont they understand????????

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  2. What wonderful caring people my gracious humbling Thank You to those that have the passion and the love that each and everyone of us should have……. Our Wild Mustangs are so very precious, we all need to stop the insanity being dished out by the BLM …..They are calious uncaring and totally out of line………………… The are deceiving . betraying cowards and getting away with it !!!!!!!!!!!!!! The only Rats at the BLM dont have hooves…………………………………… And every offical with the power to stop this needs to STEP forward and Stop these Low Life Idiots…………………….. The BLM is Heartless and totally Un American …………………………………..

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    1. That’s funny, Arlene … “only rats at the BLM don’t have hooves.” It made me laugh out loud. It is difficult, but let’s remember that there are BLM employees just as appalled as we are by what they see, and direct our frustrations to those at the top pulling the strings on behalf of the cattle and especially the Oil & Gas lobbies. I know you contact everybody and anybody you can think of, and the wild ones can rely on you to keep on contacting the White House (202) 451 1111 (http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact) and members of Congress, but most particularly right now Sen. John Ensign (http://ensign.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.ContactForm) and Sen. Harry Reid (http://reid.senate.gov/contact/). Let’s make them sick of us!

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