Hundreds of Cattle Starving in Nevada - They Need Your Help!

The photo above is an actual picture taken in Gold Butte of the abused cattle.

Presently, cattle are languishing and perishing in the driest desert in North America, Nevada’s Gold Butte area. They are literally wasting away and suffering from starvation, while no one seems to care. It’s time for this to change!

Since the early 1990s, cattle have been left to fend for themselves in the desert after Cliven Bundy, a private rancher, lost his privilege to graze on federal public lands that belong to all Americans. This once- small herd of around 150 animals has grown to hundreds or more over the course of 20+ years and now badly exceeds the ability of the land to feed and nourish them. They range over an immense area about half the size of the state of Rhode Island. While the area is large, it only receives about 4 inches of precipitation a year and vegetation is very sparse.

Federal bureaucrats are not prioritizing the welfare of these poor animals, and the State of Nevada, which owns the majority of them as unbranded feral animals, is doing even less.

Please sign our petition to the federal and state governments demanding timely action be taken to provide for and remove these animals to a safe haven before the sweltering summer strikes. Nevada’s anticipated triple-digit temperatures and this drought-stricken area will pose more suffering for these animals soon. Also, please share this with your friends!

“Kindness and compassion towards all living things is a mark of a civilized society.”
- Cesar Chavez

Letter to Responsible Officials:

To: Neil Kornze, Director, Bureau of Land Management
Brian Sandoval, Governor, State of Nevada
Regarding: Starving cattle at Gold Butte, NV

Dear Sirs:

I am horrified and dismayed that a thousand or more cattle are being left to fend for themselves and starve in the area known as Gold Butte in Nevada.

The area receives only 4 inches of precipitation a year and is the driest desert in North America, often experiencing temperatures above 105 degrees in the summer. These poor creatures were abandoned in the early 1990s and are spreading out over an ever increasing area in search of the sparse vegetation. What’s more, these cattle are competing with native wildlife in the area for food. Whatever vegetation the livestock eat, is vegetation that is not available for desert tortoise and other native wildlife for nourishment as well as for cover from predators.

It is not hard to visit the area and witness the poor plight of these animals as the attached pictures show. Besides starvation, these animals are also experiencing the debilitating effects of inbreeding.

The Bureau of Land Management has not satisfactorily addressed the welfare and plight of these animals over a 20+ year period. The state of Nevada has done even less, despite owning a majority of the animals and having legal responsibilities under state laws.

I join the multitude of voices calling for the end of suffering of these animals, and call for a gathering of them before the heat of summer strikes. The Bureau and State should work with animal welfare groups pursuant to Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 569.031 ("The Department may enter into a cooperative agreement for the management, control, placement or disposition of the [feral or estray] livestock with [a]....nonprofit organization.") who have already offered to help place the cattle at sanctuaries.



Update #47 years ago
Thank you to all who signed and shared this petition. Your compassion for these poor creatures is greatly appreciated. Just over 9000 signatures were received.
We sent out a press release with the results and are in the process of sending the results to the Director of the Bureau of Land Management and the Governor of the State of Nevada.
Update #38 years ago
Hello animal welfare supporters and environmentalists!

Thank you for your continued efforts on behalf of the cattle on Gold Butte, NV. We are approaching 8000 signatures towards our goal of 10,000.

We only have a week left in the petition drive. Wednesday, April 27 we will present the results to Bureau of Land Management officials in Las Vegas. After that they will be sent to Nevada's governor.

Please share the petition link widely with your friends and networks.

Thank YOU!
Update #28 years ago
Hello all who care about animal welfare!

Today the Reno Gazette-Journal published an article related to our petition!

The link to it is here:

Update #18 years ago
Thank you for your concern for the neglected Bundy cattle on Gold Butte, NV!
We need your help in acquiring more signatures, please share with your friends and networks, thank you!
We are planning a media day on April 27 to present our petition to the government officials and media. Please help us achieve our goal by then.
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