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Nevada Wild Horse Advocates Fear Slaughter

As printed in the San Fransisco Chronicle

Member of BLM Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board Recommends Plant on Tribal Lands to Avoid Federal Regulations

usa_to_europe1Nevada State agriculture officials have discussed ways to muster support for the slaughter of stray horses in Nevada, and the discussions stirred protests among advocates for the free-roaming animals.

Wild horse supporters plan a rally at the state Capitol on Friday to urge Gov. Brian Sandoval to call off next week’s scheduled auction of 41 wild mustangs they fear will end up at a slaughterhouse.

“The people who frequent these auctions are kill buyers,” said Carrol Abel, director of the Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund. “There is no reason these horses need to go out and be exposed to the slaughterhouse line.”

Newly disclosed state records show members of the state Board of Agriculture have discussed ways to build public support for slaughtering stray horses that roam the foothills southeast of Reno.

The board discussions more than a year ago were prompted by concerns about the safety of motorists on state highways where the animals increasingly are struck and killed.

Nevada is home to about half of all free-roaming horses in the West.

The mustangs in the Virginia Range are considered state property and do not enjoy the same protections as those on adjoining federal lands under the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro and Preservation Act.

Minutes of a meeting of the state Agriculture Board in late 2011 make it clear that Agriculture Director Jim Barbee and board members are sensitive to the political and emotional ramifications of selling the animals for slaughter.

In fact, one member who also serves on a federal advisory panel on wild horses suggested in December 2011 they might avoid some regulatory roadblocks by trying to place any new slaughterhouse on U.S. tribal lands, according to the minutes of the meeting on Dec. 6, 2011.

Wild-horse advocates who requested the minutes from the Agriculture Department and provided a copy to the Associated Press plan to deliver more than 1,500 letters to Sandoval on Friday urging him to stop removing the horses from the range. Sandoval press secretary Mary Sarah Kinner did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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  1. The people of Nevada need to ask a LOT of questions. Horse Slaughter may or may not be tied in with something else. ASK questions and find out WHO and WHAT is behind this:

    http://www.leg.state.nv.us/nrs/NRS-237A.html
    CHAPTER 237A – FOREIGN TRADE ZONES AND TRADE DISTRICTS
    FOREIGN TRADE ZONES
    NRS 237A.010 State and political subdivisions may apply for authority to establish, operate and maintain foreign trade zones.
    NRS 237A.020 Organization of corporation to establish, operate and maintain foreign trade zone.
    NRS 237A.030 Application by corporation to establish, operate and maintain foreign trade zone.
    NRS 237A.040 Operation of foreign trade zone by corporation.
    NRS 237A.050 Liberal construction.
    TRADE DISTRICTS
    NRS 237A.060 Application by political subdivision for trade district.
    NRS 237A.070 Approval and certification.
    _________
    _________
    FOREIGN TRADE ZONES

    NRS 237A.070 Approval and certification.

    1. The Governor shall approve an application made pursuant to NRS 237A.060 and certify a trade district if:

    (a) All of the requirements imposed by federal law for the establishment and administration of such a district are met;
    (b) The application and certification comply with the applicable provisions of the law of this State; and
    (c) The welfare of this State is advanced by the certification of such a district.
    2. If a trade district is certified pursuant to subsection 1, the Governor shall designate a proper authority to administer the district.
    (Added to NRS by 1983, 799)

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  2. WHO does this help….the people of Nevada?

    http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/1426994/Southern-Nevada-Foreign-Trade-Zone
    Las Vegas
    • TITLE: Las Vegas (Nevada, United States)
    SECTION: Transportation
    McCarran International Airport is among the fastest-growing airports in the country. The Southern Nevada Foreign Trade Zone—a free-trade zone that includes the airport and allows a variety of goods to be imported duty-free or with reduced excise taxes—has increased the region’s attractiveness to international business interests.

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  3. THIS MUST STOP & STOP NOW!!! IF THIS CONTINUES, THE PEOPLE WILL HAVE NO MORE WILD HORSES!!! https://rtfitchauthor.com/2013/01/04/nevada-board-of-agriculture-discusses-horse-slaughter-plant-for-virginia-range-wild-horses/

    WILL IT EVER STOP & WHO’S GOING TO STOP MONSANTO FROM CREATING THE WORST ENVIRONMENT HOLOCOST OF ALL TIME…THE SILENT FORREST!!! GO HERE: http://www.gaia-health.com/articles251/000296-a-silent-forest.shtml

    TAKE A LOOK AT SOMEONE WHO RESCUES & REALLY CARES ABOUT HORSES…GOD BLESS BHFER & THERESA!!!!!

    https://www.facebook.com/BeautysHavenFarmAndEquineRescue?fref=ts

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  4. Just received an answer to a comment I sent to CFIA regarding the live shipment of horses to Japan for slaughter. This was sent quite a few months ago – and of course, they found no problems with the way the horses were being crated & sent! Not a surprise, I guess. It mentioned a video that was sent to them regarding the tight quarters the horses had to be in. Then, casually mentioned, that the limit for transporting them was 36 HOURS??? So there was no problem with a 16-18 hour flight.

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