Over the last few weeks we have been sending you information on SJR3 — a Nevada Senate resolution that calls on Congress to fund brutal helicopter roundups of at least 40,000 of Nevada’s cherished wild horses and burros, in efforts to reduce their populations.
Our wild horse campaign is extremely happy to report that in collaboration with the committee chair and vice chair, and with support from Congresswoman Dina Titus, we were able to secure an amendment to SJR3 that would prioritize fertility control efforts over brutal wild horse roundups.
Even better, we struck the language urging the BLM to reduce populations to the unscientific “Appropriate” Management Level of as few as 7,100 wild horses and 452 burros on 14 million acres of public land in Nevada.
This is a major win not only for the American Wild Horse Campaign, but for wild horses in the state of Nevada! We couldn’t have done this without the thousands of supporters who sent in their opposition to SJR3 while it was in committee, making wild horses the most popular issue in the Nevada Legislature this year! Together, we made a big difference.
On Nevada’s Virginia Range, we have been successfully using PZP fertility controls to manage a large wild horse population for the last two years — that’s how we know this approach works.
Adding fertility control as a priority to this resolution is a big step forward, because, as the state with half of America’s wild horses, Nevada has strong influence on Congress and federal wild horse policy.
But this battle isn’t over yet. With this amendment, SJR3 is headed to the Nevada State Assembly where we’ll have a continued fight on our hands.