Guest OpEd by Simone Netherlands
“Good Ole Boy” Mentality out of Touch with the Facts
It all started last winter with a self appointed committee the “The Feral Horse Committee of the Nevada Wildlife Commission” which consists of only a handful of “welfare ranchers” who want the wild horses & burros off their leased lands in Nevada. A handful of us were there and when we asked how can you guys feel so darn threatened by the handful of horses, how come you don’t feel so threatened by the deer, or elk or bunnies for that matter? Mike Stremler’s answer was:
“Well you wear nice clothes, how would you like it if my wife came and stole all your clothes out of your closet.”
They feel so falsely entitled to all of the water on our public lands that they feel that the wild horses are actually STEALING their water. Water that they have rights to but they do not pay for. Water that is on our public lands which they lease for next to nothing, thanks to the American Taxpayer.
Their attempt is to proclaim that WH&B’s are not “wild life” and they are using the state’s water unlawfully, so that they can lawfully fence them off from their water sources. Their claims are that the horses are feral because their fathers let them go out on the range approximately 40 to 50 years ago.
The feral horse committee wrote a letter to the state civil engineer who is in charge of water. They then proceeded to find a legislator willing to sponsor this incredibly cruel and evil bill AB329. Unfortunately they sneaked it passed horse advocates so quickly that no one noticed that it was going to a vote in the senate and the bill passed there already. If this bill actually goes through it spells slow dehydration deaths for thousands and thousands of Nevada’s Wild Horses and Burro’s and no one will even notice because these ranchers live way out in the boonies
AB329 will be heard by the “Nevada Senate Natural Resources Committee” at 2144 at 401 S. Carson Street. Carson City, NV. May 13th at 3.30 pm
There will also be a video teleconference set up in Las Vegas where people can watch the meeting as well as testify. It will be in Room 4412E at the Grant Sawyer State Building.
Many horse advocates will be there, but we need every single one of you to keep calling and writing until the session has ended. Please!
Contact info for committee members
Senator Mark Manendo 775-684-6503 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator David Parks 775-684-6504 email@example.com
Senator John Jay Lee 775-684-1424 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Dean Rhoads 775-684-1447 email@example.com
Senator Michael Roberson 775-684-1481 firstname.lastname@example.org
Proving the History of Wild Horses and Burro’s in Nevada:
This is an excerpt from a 1906 article in the Montreal Gazette proving that the ranchers are full of self righteous BS and their claim that wild horses are not WILD, is nothing but a cowardly lie in order to attain their cruel agendas. It reads:
“The traveler often wonders at the large herds of horses found along the lake, seen in the desert along Walker lake below the Walker Indian Reservation. These horses are wild, not range animals gone wild, but wild horses. They are as unrestrained as the horses that once covered the planes with the buffalo and antelope, and no doubt can trace an ancestry free from the hackamore for half a dozen generations back. “
This article was written in 1906 when population in Nevada was almost nonexistent except for the few mining towns like Hawthorne which at that time consisted of 6 house. Long before the cattle ranchers settled there. The writer states that for at least 6 generations these horses have been wild and free, effectively proving their wildness for over 220 years at a very minimum and also proving that thousands of them roamed the planes with the buffalo before white men even settled the continent.
America once was great planes where the buffalo and the horses roamed in peace. There used to be over a million, now we are down to the last 20,000 if even that many; an independent unbiased count has never been done.
These are the last survivors of the BLM policies, the survivors of the poisoning and shooting by the Mustangers, the survivors of hundreds of tough winters and summer droughts. They have evolved into the toughest horse in the world with the most beautiful and amazing natural herd dynamics. They can survive a lot, but they cannot survive longer than 4 days without water.
The Wild Horses Need You, Now.
Contact Governor Brian Sandoval at 775-684-5670 or his Fax is 775-684-5683.
Tell the governor that you expect him to Veto this bill should it make it to his desk. Don’t be fooled if they say that this only pertains to private land as that is simply not the case it is public lands that are in question here.
His email is http://nv.gov/govforms.aspx?ekfrm=4294969014
Call the White House and complain as well, that number is 202-456-1111
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