While it is sad that Black Jack and his herd were captured at all, it is wonderful that they are now living free of harm in a sanctuary. Such beautiful and magnificence. The video is wonderful. ~ HfH
From: The Dodo
They’re the wild horses that inspired Velma Johnston, aka Wild Horse Annie, to launch her successful nationwide crusade to protect America’s mustangs. But ironically, the wild horses of the Virginia Range, a mountain range east of Reno, Nevada, were left out of the federal protections that Annie’s years-long fight secured. Today they survive amidst intensive development that is bringing horses and humans in closer and closer contact. The inevitable conflicts that arise are currently solved by the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) by trapping and removing horses who enter developments, habituate near roadways or otherwise inconvenience or endanger humans.
One such wild horse family that wandered into harm’s way was Black Jack, a magnificent black stallion, and his lovely mares and foals. Early in 2014, they were trapped by the NDA near Lockwood, Nevada and removed to the Carson City Prison for processing. By law, the State of Nevada considers these mustangs “estray livestock.” If unclaimed, the state will put them up for sale at a livestock auction frequented by kill buyers who purchase horses and sell them for slaughter in Canada or Mexico.