Tell NV Senate: Don't Deny Wild Horses and Burros Water
  • Petitioned Nevada State Senate

This petition was delivered to:

Nevada State Senate
State Sen. David Parks
State Sen. Patricia Spearman
State Sen. Mark Manendo
State Sen. Michael Roberson
State Sen. Peter Goicoechea

Tell NV Senate: Don't Deny Wild Horses and Burros Water

    1. Petition by

      Friends of Animals

May 2011


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 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.

A new bill currently sitting in the Nevada Senate, AB 329, aims to strip wild horses and burros of their federal protections under the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act by removing them from the definition of "wildlife" and denying them their basic rights to water.

Nevada's horses already face cruel helicopter roundups, sterilization and slaughter. If AB 329 passes, these animals would no longer be entitled to water on public lands. 

AB 329 is largely supported by cattle ranchers who want nothing more than to force wild horses and burros off public lands in order to maximize their own profits.

Tell the Nevada Senate Natural Resources Committee not to discriminate against wild horses and burros. Tell them they are just like any other animal and shouldn't be denied water. Sign the petition today to oppose AB 329.


Photo credit: longhorndave

Recent signatures


    1. Congratulations. The bill did not pass, but may reappear again in the 2013 session. We'll continue to keep you informed about this and other threats to wild horses.

    2. Reached 1 signatures
    3. This is being voted on today. As Madeleine Pickens aptly noted, "they are trying to make wild horses less important than a crustacean or a beetle! We really need to let the state of Nevada know that the America people don’t believe that to be true and won’t sit by and permit this happen."

    4. A hearing on A.B. 329 will be held on Friday, May 13, 2011 in Rm 2144 of the Capitol at 3:30 p.m. before the Senate Natural Resources Committee. Be there by 2 if you plan to attend.

    5. Reached 500 signatures
    6. Nevada Debates Keeping Wild Horses From Drinking Water

      Nevada lawmakers have introduced a bill that would remove protections for wild horses and make it legal to withhold water from them. What's even more shocking is that it's already passed in the House and now sits in the Senate for the final vote.


    Reasons for signing

    • diane engdahl DEXTER, OR
      • over 3 years ago

      The money that this bill will cost NEV in lost tourism and bad press - especially with Social Media streamlining, could be used to manage the horses, not killing them slowly and inhumanely by depriving them of water. This bill is hard to believe coming from a state that sports wild horses symbolizing the wild west, on their State Quarter?

      Why would they counter the efforts of the NV tourism bureau?, those folks do a fantastic job! on their website the wild horses are featured for sightseeing and it states "One of the most enduring symbols of the American West is the wild horse. So it seems only fitting that half of the wild horses and burros in our country live on Nevada rangelands.""the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act was enacted, requiring the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to PROTECT and manage these living symbols of the Old West." All Corporations get tax breaks, why can't these horses be funded by a tax break?

    • Jay Way PORTUGAL, AL
      • over 3 years ago

      This is just about the most evil law I have ever fought against -

    • Debby Bradley RED WING, MN
      • over 3 years ago

      Have a heart. Water on public lands should be access to people or animals that need it.

    • Diane Hershfield RANDOLPH, MA
      • over 3 years ago

      This is disgusting-to DENY another living being water? These people should be ashamed.

    • Laurie McRae MONROVIA, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      This inhumane, barbaric treatment of these beautiful, innocent creatures must be stopped! None of their plight is of their fault, or wrongdoing!


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