Las Vegas teen launches petition to protect wild horses, burros
Its good to see taht Robin’s petition is growing. Be sure to click on the Continue Reading link to find out more about her petition. ~ HfH
From: Las Vegas Review Journal
By: Sean Whaley
CARSON CITY — Usually it is big-time political groups that take on the daunting task of gathering tens of thousands of signatures to put a measure on the Nevada ballot.
Then there is 13-year-old Robin Warren of Las Vegas.
Along with well-funded groups seeking to expand background checks for gun sales and legalize the use of recreational marijuana, Warren has filed her own initiative petition with the secretary of state’s office to expand protections for Nevada’s wild horses and burros.
The Wild Horse and Burro Initiative would protect the wild horses and burros that forage on private and state-owned lands, just as those grazing on federal lands are protected.
She was motivated by the plight of the horses on the Virginia Range northeast of Carson City, which is primarily a mix of state and private land. The Nevada Department of Agriculture defines the horses there as feral/estray livestock and has rounded up some of the animals in recent years out of public safety concerns. They are not protected by the federal Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.
Some of the horses were sent to an auction yard in Fallon where they were sold to the highest bidder. Wild horse advocacy groups have purchased some of the animals that went to auction. The state Agriculture Department now has an agreement with a nonprofit group to take any horses rounded up to avoid selling them at auction which could lead to slaughter.
Warren said she can relate to the plight of wild horses that are rounded up and separated from their families. She is being raised by her cousin, Denise DeLucia, who is her legal guardian, after her father died and her mother’s parental rights were terminated.
“I’m very optimistic we can be successful with our petition,” Warren said.