water4wildhorses

water4wildhorses

    1. Robin Warren and Denise DeLucia
    2. Petition by

      Robin Warren and Denise DeLucia

      LAS VEGAS, NV

Removing wild horses from the definition of wildlife is a political maneuveur to deny the wild horses access to  water. An argument of the oppostion is that wild horses are not wild but ferral. However, recent scientific evidence proves that wild horses are indiginious to North America.

As Anne Novak, Executive Director of Protect Mustangs points out, "most zoologists are familiar with the work of PhD.s J.F. Kirkpatrick and P.M. Fazio and the revised January 2010 paper Wild Horses as Native North American Wildlife. The Science and Conservation Center, ZooMontana, Billings.

Their scientific paper states, “Thus, based on a great deal of paleontological data, the origin of E. caballus is thought to be about two million years ago, and it originated in North America.”

Also the paper cites, “The fact that horses were domesticated before they were reintroduced matters little from a biological viewpoint. They are the same species that originated here, and whether or not they were domesticated is quite irrelevant."

So, indeed, wild horses are wild. The current Nevada definition of wildlife states  "'Wildlife' means any wild mammal, wild bird, fish, reptile, amphibian, mollusk or crustacean found naturally in a wild state, whether indigenous to Nevada or not and whether raised in captivity or not." No other species is singled out for exclusion, why should wild horses be?

In the 76th legislature, Nevada Assembly Bill 329 attempted to remove wild horses from the definition of wildlife. Even though Nevada voters overwhelmingly sided with the wild horses and the bill did not pass, it appears as though the argument will be pushed again during the 77th legislative session. 

Las Vegas news station KTNV Channel 13 reported that the bill "...would have prevented the state engineer from approving water rights for wild horses in Nevada" and "would deny the animals access to water prevent water rights being issued if someone were to establish a wild horse sanctuary to promote eco-tourism" 

If you agree that wild horses should remain in Nevada's definition of wildlife, and that they should never be denied access to water, please sign the petition.

Robin Warren (Wild Mustang Robin) of Youths' Equine Alliance (YEA!), co-authored this petition. 

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    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. Yes, they are discussing removing WILD from some definitions this time, too

      Robin Warren and Denise DeLucia
      Petition Organizer

      In the 77th legislature, the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining is discussing AB20. Please review the bill and register your opinions with the State at: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Opinions/77th2013/A/

      Also, there is a hearing that is open to the public, where testimony about the bill will be heard, on March 21st, 2013 in Carson City and via video in Las Vegas.

    3. 1000+ Signers

      Robin Warren and Denise DeLucia
      Petition Organizer

      Water4WildHorses reached 1000 signatures on day 21, August 12th. Keep sharing! Thank you for your support.

    4. Reached 1,000 signatures
    5. 500 Signers

      Robin Warren and Denise DeLucia
      Petition Organizer

      The petition reached 500 signatures on day 17, August 8th. Keep sharing! Thank you for your support.

    6. Reached 500 signatures
    7. 250 Signers

      Robin Warren and Denise DeLucia
      Petition Organizer

      The petition reached 250 signatures on day 5, July 27th, 2012

    8. Petition Created

      Robin Warren and Denise DeLucia
      Petition Organizer

      The petition was created on July 22nd, 2012

    9. Reached 250 signatures

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    • Kimber Moore VC HIGHLANDS, NV
      • 10 months ago

      Wild horses are a symbol of our American Freedom. They are beautiful, wild, passive and FREE. They can be managed properly with a good plan and can be supported by willing volunteers, like myself. The Ranchers are narrow minded and, have been catered to with these disastrous results. This whole process and result is wrong for our state, tourism, and our American values.

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    • Maria Cristina Kauer SSCAI - RS, BRAZIL
      • 12 months ago

      Todos os seres tem direito à vida, a liberdade, ao respeito, humanidade e compaixão dos animais humanos. Os animais não humanos não estão aqui para nos servir, são companheiros de jornada, terráqueos como todos nós.

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    • Camille Guardino PALM SPRINGS, FL
      • about 1 year ago

      Let's not destroy what is beautiful and natural and so important for future generations. Stop destroying all that is good on this earth.

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    • Dolly Hayden HENDERSON, NV
      • about 1 year ago

      BLM STOP CRUELTY TO THE WILD HORSES & BURROS. BLM is wiping out the Wild Horses & Burros..Good Stewards they are NOT.Stop the inhumane,cruel and disrespectful treatment that BLM is using on these defenseless protected animals. Thank you.

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    • Gloria Monroe GRANTS PASS, OR
      • about 1 year ago

      killing wildlife is NOT managing it!

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