SPEAK UP TO PREVENT SLAUGHTER OF WILD HORSES IN NEVADA
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Originally Posted: April 23, 2008

SPEAK UP TO PREVENT SLAUGHTER OF WILD HORSES IN NEVADA

Horses Face Eradication In Nevada

Brief summary of information: 
 
*   Approximately 1200 wild and surrendered horses are allegedly starving near Virginia City Mountains (among the Virginia Mountain Range in Nevada).

*   HOWEVER, there is conflicting information which assert those claims are false - it's a ploy to allot more land to cattle ranchers.

*   The wild/ stray horses run on state or private land which is overseen by the Nevada Department of Agriculture.

*   The Director of Agriculture states they have no intention of preserving the horses.

*   A formal proposal to "remove" the horses allegedly "starving" is in progress. Please speak up to preserve and protect these horses.

Here is what you can do...

  • Contact all Nevada State Officials involved with this matter.  Contact information is listed below.
  • A sample letter is provided.  We strongly encourage everyone to personalize the letter you individually send to these recipients.
  • In addition, please Google contact information to send personalized letters to local and national media.

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SAMPLE LETTER
- PROVIDED BY KINSHIP CIRCLE -
This letter is prepared to inform you about the issue.
Try to shorten and personalize your letter before sending.
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Dear Nevada Officials,

I understand state officials intend to depopulate horse herds in response to allegations some 1200 wild and abandoned horses are starving to death across the Virginia Range. I question the validity of this assumption and whether Nevada's Agriculture Department plans to eradicate horses at the behest of cattle ranchers vying for grazing grounds.

Citizens worldwide are outraged horses face removal from their range in the mountainous region near Dayton past Virginia City and the south rim of Reno. While their initial destination may be holding corrals at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center in Carson City, some will ultimately wind up at auction, sold to killer-buyers.

I ask state officials to preserve horses -- not play politics with their lives. Please do not remove Virginia Range herds. In fact, the unprofessional "management" of these horses, based upon questionable data, can only serve to harm tourism in Nevada.

I encourage authorities to suspend roundups until a thorough assessment confirms actual numbers of wild and abandoned horses. I also urge in-the-wild management as opposed to roundup and removal.

Agriculture Director Tony Lesperance defines controllable numbers as 250 to 400 horses. Yet he cites findings from an NRCS analysis of just 85,000 acres. The department's estimate of 1200 horses covers a much broader 200,000-acre range. This 115,000-acre discrepancy in the total area where current herds roam should not be presented as "fact" for lawmakers to base complex budget decisions upon.

Of further dispute are government claims adoptions are infeasible because the process costs $2000 per horse. This figure represents another possible exaggeration that demands scrutiny before management plans are finalized.

The public widely objects to removal schemes that lead to livestock sales and horses sold for slaughter. The fate of Virginia Range horses should not hinge upon a relative handful of cattle ranchers.

Sincerely,

 

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FULL CONTACT INFORMATION
PROVIDED BY KINSHIP CIRCLE
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Nevada Department of Agriculture
350 Capitol Hill; Reno, NV 89502
ph: 775-688-1180; fax: 775 688-1178
web mail: http://agri.state.nv.us/AGRI_ContactUs.htm
Tony Lesperance, Director: tlesperance@agri.state.nv.us
Rick Gimlin, Deputy Director, Administration Division: rgimlin@agri.state.nv.us
Edward Foster: efoster@agri.state.nv.us
Philip LaRussa, State Veterinarian: plarussa@agri.state.nv.us

Governor Jim Gibbons
Carson City State Capitol; 101 N. Carson Street; Carson City, NV 89701
ph: 775-684-5670; fax: 775-684-5683
web mail: http://gov.state.nv.us/ARCHIVE/Contact_Us_NORTHX.htm
Ben Kieckhefer, Governor's Press Secretary: bkieck@gov.nv.gov

Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley, D-Las Vegas
5442 Holbrook Drive; Las Vegas, NV 89103-2439
ph: (LCB) 775-684-8537; fax: 702-222-0145
email: bbuckley@asm.state.nv.us

Assemblyman Tom Grady, R-Yerington
43 Fairway Drive; Yerington, NV 89447-2170
ph: (LCB) 775-684-8507; email: tgrady@asm.state.nv.us

Nevada Legislature's Interim Finance Committee
Fiscal Analysis Division
ph: 775-684-6821; fax: 775-684-6475; email: fiscal@lcb.state.nv.us
Legal Division
ph: 775-684-6830; fax: 775-684-6761

COPY LETTER TO:
Nevada Commission on Tourism
401 North Carson Street; Carson City, NV 89701
ph: 800-638-2328; Tourism Commission employee emails BELOW, in EMAIL BLOCK.

Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
3150 Paradise Rd.; Las Vegas, NV 89109
ph: 702-892-0711; fax: 702-892-2906; email: TAinfo@lvcva.com

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EMAIL BLOCK
All emails found. Some contacts have no available email.
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tlesperance@agri.state.nv.us, rgimlin@agri.state.nv.us,
efoster@agri.state.nv.us, plarussa@agri.state.nv.us, bkieck@gov.nv.gov,
bbuckley@asm.state.nv.us, tgrady@asm.state.nv.us, fiscal@lcb.state.nv.us

Cc: jaragon@travelnevada.com, tbailey@travelnevada.com,
dmbecker@travelnevada.com, mbrown@nvavadamagazine.com,
bcallahan@travelnevada.com, cchrystal@travelnevada.com,
eroloson@travelnevada.com, ndavis@travelnevada.com, tony@nevadamagazine.com,
bdrysdale@travelnevada.com, sbingham@travelnevada.com,
TFishbaugher@travelnevada.com, cfisher@travelnevada.com,
lfriedman@travelnevada.com, afroelich@travelnevada.com,
edassist@nevadamagazine.com, jhollister@nevadamagazine.com,
rjerz@travelnevada.com, sdjohnson@travelnevada.com,
charlie@nevadamagazine.com, kevin@nevadamagazine.com,
MKawchack@travelnevada.com, jwhite@travelnevada.com,
melissa@nevadamagazine.com, TAinfo@lvcva.com

Nevada Governor's web mail:
http://gov.state.nv.us/ARCHIVE/Contact_Us_NORTHX.htm

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SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS
Aside from KinshipCircle.org
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PETITION: NEVADA'S WILD HORSES an ENDANGERED SPECIES!
   http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/nevadas-wild-horses-an-endangered-species
SAVE OUR WILD HORSES
   http://www.freewebs.com/saveourwildhorses/nevadaswildhorses.htm
American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign
   http://www.wildhorsepreservation.org
Official says Nevada won't feed starving horses
   http://www.ktnv.com/Global/story.asp?S=8152710
No money to feed wild horses near Virginia City
   http://news.rgj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080411/NEWS18/80411010
State plans to round up more Virginia Range horses
   http://nevadaappeal.com/article/20080412/NEWS/319153590/

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