Applaud Decision to Protect Wild Horses

Wild horses in Nevada

Target: Jim Barbee, Director of the Nevada Department of Agriculture

Goal: Praise the decision to maintain and preserve Nevada’s wild horses.

Wild horses in the United States have declined by 98 percent since the nineteenth century. This decline is caused by a lack of available land and humane conservation plan. In an effort to save and preserve our beautiful wild horse herds, state officials and non-profit organizations have finally rallied together to agree on a safe and effective management plan for these incredible creatures. Thank the Department of Agriculture for this monumental effort to preserve such a coveted wild animal.

Before this agreement, Nevada’s Department of Agriculture would round up wild horses found on public lands and store them in government holding facilities. The facilities would then use taxpayers’ money to feed the captured horses, amounting to $100,000 per day. Sadly, some of the horses in the holding facilities were sold in a livestock auction in Fallon, Nevada. This particular auction is known to have kill buyers, buyers simply purchasing the animal for slaughter. Thankfully, this management style will be a thing of the past for Nevada’s wild horses. The new decision will focus on in-the-wild management. Nearly 1,500 horses in Nevada’s Virginia Range will benefit from this collaborative decision.

This agreement has become Nevada’s largest initiative to manage wild horses. The effort will focus on keeping the horses within the 280,000 acres of the Virginia Range, instead of wandering into neighborhoods and roadways. The Virginia Range herd has roamed the area for more than a century. This is their true home, not a government holding facility. The conservation plan will save money, horses, and the wild beauty of Nevada’s northern mountain range. By signing this petition, you are thanking the Nevada Department of Agriculture for finally deciding to help the lives of these wild, beautiful creatures.


Dear Director Barbee,

Nevada’s Virginia Range has been home to wild horses for more than a century. This wild herd should not have to suffer in government holding facilities. Thanks to your agreement with nonprofits, wild horses in Nevada will continue to freely roam the state’s northern mountain range.

Nearly 1,500 horses live in the Virginia Range and will benefit from this monumental agreement. Your decision to improve upon wild horse conservation should be applauded. In-the-wild management will help these creatures by increasing population numbers and keeping them out of residential areas and roadways. Thank you for taking a stand for Nevada’s wild horse population. I hope other states are inspired by your groundbreaking effort.


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One Comment

  1. paula eaton says:

    I hope that other anti wild horse states will follow this states lead. The wild horses and burros need to be free. The horses and burros held captive need to be humanely set free.

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