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Alliance of Wild Horse Advocates
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One of the bones of contention between advocates is that the Nevada Department of Agriculture, with great regularity, ignores various requirements set forth in Nevada State Law. A frequent source of friction between the two sides involves the required advertising of horses that the department picks up and intends to sell. The Nevada Revised Statutes specify how, where and when these advertisements have to be run and what information the Department is required to publish before it can legally sell the animals.
The most recent advertisement (shown on the right) describes 25 more horses that were picked up in the south Reno area. As one can see, the notice was published on September 19, 2012. At the bottom of the notice the department does properly disclose that if the horses aren't claimed "within 5 working days after the last publication of the advertisement" that they will be sold on September 26.
"Working days" do not include Saturdays, Sundays or holidays.
As per a previous discussion with the Attorney General's staff, when a statute reads "5 working days after..." the date in which the notice appears cannot be counted as one of the 5 days. Based on this explanation, these horses cannot be sold before September 27, the day after the sale date published in the advertisement.
For any readers who may be contemplating sending holiday gifts to department staffers, perhaps Director Barbee should be sent a calendar.
Here are actions that you can take to protect the Virginia Range horses. Please remember that these horses fall under the jurisdiction of the Nevada Department of Agriculture and Governor Brian Sandoval. Here is contact information. You are encouraged to express your opinion in this matter. If you call, try to speak with someone in authority. Let's fix this business before more horses go to the kill buyers and we experience another tourism boycott!
The Virginia Range horses are not protected by any federal statute. The involved wild horse groups are just about all that stands between them and the kill buyers. Funds are always needed to protect these horses and to find homes and sanctuary opportunities for those that have been taken off the range.
Every contribution counts. The groups are all staffed by volunteers so the money donated actually goes to pay the expenses for these horses. Please help!