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Nevada Resident’s Call to Action
AB 329 – WILD HORSES AND NEVADA WATER – WILL BE HEARD BY THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON FRIDAY MAY 13
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We are asking all available wild horse advocates to attend this hearing. DON’T LET NEVADA LEGISLATORS DO THIS TO THE HORSES. AB 329 will be heard on Friday May 13 . The Senate committee on Natural Resources meets in room 2144 in the legislative building. NOTE: The normal meeting time for this committee is 3:30. However, this meeting is to begin upon adjournment of a different committee meeting, but no later than 3:30. We suggest we arrive at the legislative building no later than 2:00. You need time to park and get to the hearing room. The address and parking instructions are at the bottom of this message.
If passed, this bill could be very dangerous for our wild horses. AB329 amends NRS Chapter 532 , laws regulating the determination of water rights within Nevada.
Section 1. Chapter 532 of NRS is hereby amended by adding there to a new section to read as follows:
As used in this title, unless the context otherwise requires, “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. The term does not include any wild horse or burro .
WHY IS THIS DANGEROUS?
By removing wild horses and burros from the definition of wildlife, the process to get water rights needed in some of our herd management areas can be impeded or possibly prevented. You don’t need much imagination to figure out what could happen if horses and burros don’t have sufficient water available.
A little background
According to Assemblyman Pete Goicoechea, bill sponsor, the request to write this bill came from Nevada Cattlemen’s association and Nevada sportsmen – a fact that has not been publicized. Conversation with Nevada’s Deputy water engineer has confirmed that many of BLM’s existing water rights have not completed the certification needed. These rights and possibly others are in danger.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
BE THERE ! Bring your friends and neighbors! You don’t have to testify. We just need to show the Senators that Nevada residents are against this bill. At the hearing of a different bill, a comment was made that nobody supported our position – if they did, they would be there. We need your support if we are going to stop this bill.
Public parking is available in several places. There is a parking structure on Stewart St. directly behind the legislative building is the most convenient but is sometimes full. There are also two parking lots across the street at the south end of the building. For those unfamiliar with the legislative building, it is located at : 401 S. Carson street.” Cat Kindsfather.
“Spread word, like the wind, with great passion, to all you know State of NV threatens, to pass a bill denying wild horses/burros rights to access drinking water. Boycott NV tourism, until NV stands up and shuts this cruel outrageous bill down.”
Phone numbers to call to let NV know you will not be visiting their beautiful state, until AB 329, that would deny wild horses/burros water, is shut down.
(1-800-237-0774). 775-687-4322. 702-486-2426. (that IS a phone number – 1-800-NEVEDA-8)
Nevada residents only, please ask these Senators to shut AB 329 down, alert NV tourism boycott
“Senate Natural Resources Committee” at 2144 at 401 S. Carson Street. Carson City, NV.
Here is a list of those committee members and their numbers & email addresses:
Senator Mark Manendo 775-684-6503 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator David Parks 775-684-6504 email@example.com
Senator John Jay Lee 775-684-1424 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Dean Rhoads 775-684-1447 email@example.com
Senator Michael Roberson 775-684-1481 firstname.lastname@example.org
All others may contact the NV Governor Brian Sandoval at 775-684-5670 or Fax 775-684-5683