(Personal comment – This is really sad. 100,000 people show up for immigration reform, 120,000 people march for gay rights, but for wild horses – 70 people? 25 people in Oakland? Las Vegas can be closed down by the service worker’s protest over wages, but the wild horses can’t get but a handful of people to show up? I’m thankful to the Wild Horse Preservation League for trying, but something is seriously wrong when the cries of wild horses only brings out a few humans in protest. – Jerry )
RENO, Nev.—Wild-horse advocates staged weekend rallies across the country, including ones in Carson City and Las Vegas, to drum up opposition to the government’s removal of mustangs from the range and to proposals to slaughter them.
Rallies were held Saturday in all 50 states as well as Canada and Australia, according to organizers.
A demonstration that drew some 70 people outside the Legislative Building in Carson City was the largest, organizers said. Similar rallies attracted about 50 people in Las Vegas, 25 people in Oakland, Calif., and 20 people in Rock Springs, Wyo.
The rallies were initiated through social media by Wild Horse Preservation League member Patty Bumgarner of Dayton.
Horse groups are hoping new Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will represent a shift in direction for the government’s management of wild horses. They note nearly 40,000 horses were removed from the range across the West during the tenure of her predecessor, Ken Salazar.
The organizations also are fighting efforts to return to domestic horse slaughter. Last week, a New Mexico facility moved one step closer to becoming the first plant in the country in more than six years to slaughter horses, with a successful inspection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
In Carson City, singer Lacy J. Dalton joined protesters who waved placards reading, “Keep Our Horses on the Land! Not in the Frying Pan” and “Not for Human Consumption.”