Information on Carson City Protest
Below is the original email. Willis has also provided a website link that will be updated regularly.
Virginia Range Horse Roundup and Protest Information
We have been informed that Governor Gibbons has issued a directive for the Nevada Dept. of Agriculture to go around and pick up Virginia Range horses. Obviously he had no interest in cooperating with the local communities to solve the problems of horses being lured into neighborhoods, but he's going to protect his Deputy Chief of Staff's unfenced bogus hay field that is luring horses across US-50. It looks like the lame duck Governor is going to try to pull off as many horses as he can in the waning days of his tenure in office.
There are laws that address how the state is supposed to remove and dispose of Virginia Range horses. These are laws that the governor's buddy Tony Lesperance, Director of Agriculture, conveniently ignores. Presently there are five Virginia Range horses up for sale at the Fallon Livestock Exchange for which the required legal notices of capture and sale were never published and which went to the auction yard without the required brands.
Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez-Masto, who is charged with the responsibility of enforcing legal conduct among state officials, unfortunately runs an agency that appears to have no interest in dealing with corrupt practices by state officials that have gone on for years. Therefore corruption in the NV Department of Agriculture continues.
A number of advocates will be "patrolling" areas where horses are likely to be trapped and will document trapping operations by taking photographs and submitting them, along with reports, to the local news media.
Area horse groups are planning a demonstration outside the Attorney General's Office, 100 N. Carson St., Carson City on Wednesday, October 20, between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM. The theme of the demonstration will be "No Blind Eye to Corruption." It is hoped that the Attorney General, who is up for reelection, will take notice of public opinion and do her job and stop holding the public to one set of standards while she holds state officials to lesser standards.
All concerned advocates are encouraged to attend the demonstration. Please remember that we conduct safe and sane demonstrations in Nevada's State Capitol and we respect other citizens with whom we share the sidewalk. As a result we have good relations with local law enforcement that we wish to maintain.
Signs are permitted and some will be provided. If you bring your own signs please remember that this is a Virginia Range horse issue, not BLM. I mention this so motorists and the media viewing the demonstration won't get confused.
Additional details can be found at (web address) and this information will be updated as needed.
Carrol Abel has agreed to be a point of contact for advocates who wish to attend the demonstration and need more specific information. She can be reached at mailto:email@example.com or 775-461-2121.
IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND THE DEMONSTRATION but wish to help, you can register your concerns with the following individuals whom we feel really need to hear from you.
Office of the Nevada Attorney General: 775-684-1100 email- mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Governor Gibbons: 775-684-5670 http://gov.state.nv.us/Contact_Us_NORTHX.htm
Nevada Department of Agriculture:
JoAnn Mothershead 775-738-8076
Tony Lesperance 775-353-3613 email- mailto:email@example.com
Fallon Livestock Exchange 775-867-2020 mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Please mark your calendars to make calls and send emails at least one day this week!