Wild horses and burros are supposed to be protected by federal law, but out west, the animals compete with ranchers for grazing land and are routinely rounded up and relocated by the government. In the latest attack on these iconic animals, Nevada legislators proposed a bill which sought to deny them the right of access to water.
Responding to a firestorm of public outrage, including a Change.org petition from Friends of Animals, the Senate Natural Resources Committee chose not to take action on the bill without further study. In the May 20, 2011 meeting, Chairman Mark Manendo read a prepared statement to the Committee, citing numerous problems, including potential for litigation, lack of need for such a bill, and a poor public image of the state, should the bill pass.
Friends of Animals thanked supporters for the thousands of emails, letters, and phone calls that were made on behalf of the wild horses and burros.