Wild horses roaming the Virginia mountain range areas today are descended from mustangs who filled the blood soaked truck heading to slaughter that Velma Johnston, "Wild Horse Annie" followed on her way to work one day. Their pitiful plight began her crusade to save America's mustangs. Because local ranchers claimed them, mustangs in this part of Nevada were excluded from the Wild Horse Act. They fell under the Nevada Dept of Agriculture, labeled as "estrays". For decades they roamed the hills & desert surrounding Stagecoach, Nevada. Used in many Western movies, like The Misfits and the Bonanza series, these living icons of the Wild West and Nevada's frontier days are important tourist attractions. But Pico, a PRIVATE, multimillion dollar California Company, through its subsidiary, Vidler Water Co., will make a quick profit off the land these wild horses live on by making it possible to develop Stagecoach valley with 1400+ homes. Such a huge population increase in this rural valley endangers more than the horses. It will pollute the air and water and end many other desert creatures ability to thrive as well as the horses ability to roam free in the valley. There won't be stallions sparring or foals playing to the delight of residents and tourists passing through.
The Nevada Dept of Agriculture, pressured to remove the horses voted to turn all wild horses in the area over to an applicant nonprofit organization. In the past turning mustangs over to nonprofits or private organizations has not worked well for the BLM, ending with horses being abused, starved and secretly sold for slaughter.
The nonprofit may put the horses in a sanctuary or run them through the slaughter pipeline. Either way it's death to their spirit and the Freedom of the West. They won't be free, wild creatures but captured by fences that may keep them safe, but they won't be able to maintain their natural family bonds as they can when they have miles of open space. We will no longer witness living mementos of the Wild West in their natural state as we drive along in Nevada. These spirited symbols of our Frontier days & Freedom will just be another lost symbol of liberty! Please sign this petition to Nevada's Gov. Brian Sandoval so these beautiful wild mustangs can continue to be FREE ! And please forward it to, or share it with your friends. Thank you.