PROTECT MUSTANGS NEWS RELEASE
RENO, Nevada (September 20, 2012) –- Virginia Range Wild Horses at peace.[/caption]Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund spearheaded and SAVED 23 Virginia Range wild horses from going to the kill-buyers last night. The herculean effort was lead by Shannon Windle, president of Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund. Country singer, Lacy Dalton’s group Let ‘Em Run Foundation also raised funds for the rescue.
Last night many wild horse advocates and groups from the greater Reno area joined forces to help with transportation and foster care to make this rescue effort a success. The list includes the Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund, Let ‘Em Run Foundation, Alliance of Wild Horse Advocates, Horse Power, The Starlight Sanctuary and more to be listed soon.
Protect Mustangs joined in to help with outreach, raise awareness about the issue and contact Nevada’s Governor Brian Sandoval to stop the sale.
Donors contributed from across the USA and abroad to save Nevada’s indigenous wild horses from being sold to kill-buyers who sell the horses to slaughter plants.
A staff member of the auction house was bidding as well as a kill-buyer against the wild horse advocates. Is this legal for the house to drive up the bids?
During the auction, a thin Virginia Range wild horse mare sold for over $500. while a stocky domestic buckskin sold for $200. A wild mare and foal sold for $1000 which is grossly abnormal at a livestock auction frequented by kill-buyers.
Advocates paid more than $11K to save the horses–more than three times above market value.
31 additional wild horses will arrive at the auction house next week. More than 60 wild horses have been rounded up and face a horrific end if more foster homes, adopters and donors are not found quickly.
Essential donations are also needed to feed the wild horses rescued tonight who will live in foster care until they are adopted.
Donations may be sent to the Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund.
Governor Brian Sandoval ignored public outcry and took no action to save America’s iconic wild horses from going to an auction frequented by kill-buyers tonight.
“We hope Governor Sandoval realizes that outside of Nevada 80% of Americans are against horse slaughter,” explains Anne Novak, executive director of California-based Protect Mustangs. “This could be a pivotal point in his political career–the point where he tarnishes himself to the extent that he will never win the hearts of the 80%. He still has time to take action and become a hero and we hope he does.”
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LINKS OF INTEREST
News 4 reported on the story on the 11:00 News Sept 19th:
Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund:
Let ‘Em Run Foundation:
Lacy Dalton bio, president of Let ‘Em Run Foundation:
Governor Brian Sandoval:
Information on the Virginia Range wild horses:
Protect Mustangs is a California-based preservation group whose mission is to educate the public about the American wild horse, protect and research wild horses on the range and help those who have lost their freedom.