Source: Las Vegas Sun, by Cy Ryan
Despite receiving nearly 20,000 letters and an outcry from horse lovers throughout the county, Nevada Governor, Brian Sandoval, has decided to let 41 wild horses captured on state land go to auction. Sandoval said he received letters from the Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund, including many from out of state, asking him to stop the state Agriculture Department from auctioning off the horses on Wednesday.
He said he was going to let Agriculture Department "do its job" and "There is no reason not to conduct the auction," he said. The mustangs roamed on state lands south of Reno all the way to Highway 50 east of Carson City looking for food. Agriculture officials said they wander onto roads, causing hazardous situations. The protection fund asked the governor to halt the auction and turn the horses over to it for care of the mustangs and to find them a home. Advocates say the buyers at these auctions will ship them to slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico.