Reported by Reno Nevada’s KTVN Channel 2 Nick Montes
Public Outrage over Deadly BLM Wild Mustang Round-ups Continues to Gain Momentum
Many people are against how the Bureau of Land Management is handling wild horses and burros. On Saturday, wild horse advocates stood in front of the Legislative building in Carson City to bring more attention to protecting these animals.
It’s a big rally out front of the legislative building all to save wild horses. Betty Retzer says wild horses helped her when she had breast cancer. “My horses were my salvation. I would go out and just with them and they’d come over and they’d put their heads on my shoulder and be there for me,” says Retzer, who is with Least Resistance Training Concept says.
Now, she wants to be there for the countless other horses that are roaming free. She says many like her, benefit from the friendship with horses through adoption. “We actually work with people so they can bond with their horses and get that horse to be the very best it can be,” Retzer says.
There were more than 100 wild horse advocates who wanted to get the message across to the public, the Bureau of Land Management, the Nevada legislature, and even the president that the horses need to be better managed. “The problem is we got a management system right now that’s costing an excess amount of money doesn’t seem to be really helping the horses in the range and we’ve got to stop and start fresh,” says Willis Lamm, president of Least Resistance Training Concept.
So, they decided to hold what they call a “Truth Rally” to save wild horses. They say there have been 78 deaths, which includes 30 aborted foals and continuing loses from the Calico roundup. “What everybody here would like to see is sort of a stop the music; let’s get down to real science and real facts,” says Lamm.
Kim Miller’s message to save wild horses is on her back. She says horses helped her friend with special needs. “She said if it wasn’t for her horses and she has autistic needs, that she probably would have killed herself,” Miller says.
It’s comfort many need from these horses and that’s why so many people say they’re trying to save them.