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    Posted January 6, 2013 by
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    Bay Area Residents Protest Killing Wild Horses near Reno

    Outraged members of the public gather tonight outside Rockridge Bart during rush hour

    OAKLAND, Ca. (January 4, 2013)--Protect Mustangs, the Bay Area-based wild horse preservation group is organizing a peaceful protest during rush hour tonight outside the Rockridge BART Station (College Ave. in Oakland) from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Members of the public of all ages are gathering to show they want the cruelty & slaughter of indigenous wild horses to stop now. The preservation group learned ofNevada's interest in opening a horse slaughterhouse to kill wild horses on tribal land near Reno. Many protests are being held in conjunction with the Carson City Protest where the protestors are marching at midday to deliver Governor Sandoval letters from around the world asking him to stop the cruelty.

    "We stand together to demand a STOP to the crimes against America's indigenous wild horses," explains Anne Novak, executive director of Protect Mustangs. "We enjoy photographing the very horses they want to slaughter when we go to Reno/Tahoe. These horses are on the edge of Reno. Did you know horses evolved in America and wild horses are a reintroduced native species?"

    "We have been working with The Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund and other Nevada groups to bring awareness to the crisis," continues Novak. "The public around the world is outraged. Some people even refuse to travel to Nevada because of this. Citizens have requested Governor Sandoval stop trapping native wild horses and selling them off at auctions--where kill-buyers go to pick up horses. He has done nothing--only turned a deaf ear."

    Other protests are being held such as one in Mill Valley tonight at The Depot Plaza sponsored by Wild horse Protection Act as well as protests held in Phoenix, on the East Coast and elsewhere.

    "We are sharing out posts of people protesting today from around the world," says Kerry Becklund, director of outreach for Protect Mustangs. "Our first photo came in from Barbie Hardrock's band, Roquette, in Austria! Visit us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ProtectMustangs."

    "Native wild horses are wildlife who create biodiversity and reverse desertification when managed using reserve design," states Novak. "Roundups and removals are cruel--slaughtering them is a heinous idea. We want to ensure they are protected."
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