TAKE ACTION TO STOP HORSE TRIPPING IN NEVADA!
A hearing on the 12th in the Nevada Legislature Committee of Natural Resources brought forth a Bill and a resolution. This post focuses on ACTION we need you to take NOW on the Bill to BAN horse tripping (SB72) in the State of Nevada.
Last session this Bill FAILED because it became a sensationalized debate on culture, animal rights going after ranching and all rodeo, and several peripheral debates including a flat out LIE that it does NOT happen in Nevada. The Bill was held until this session as it was proven that it happens in Nevada by video and photos from an event in Winnemucca (video below). WHE’s president Laura Leigh shot the video and gave testimony at the hearing.
This session the Bill may DIE again. Opposers to the Bill are AGAIN making claim that it no longer happens in Nevada and that Winnemucca was an “accident!”
WE NEED YOU!
PLEASE use the SAMPLE letter below to create a response and email DIRECT to the following recipient:
Senate Committee on Natural Resources.
Chair:Aaron D. Ford mailto:Aaron.Ford@sen.state.nv.us
Vice Chair:Mark A. Manendo mailto:Mark.Manendo@sen.state.nv.us
Member:Tick Segerblom mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Member:James A. Settelmeyer mailto:James.Settelmeyer@sen.state.nv.us
Member:Pete Goicoechea mailto:Pete.Goicoechea@sen.state.nv.us
If you feel uncomfortable sending emails direct you can use the comment link on the SEnate webpage that we have been using for the last month: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Opinions/77th2013/A/
Or you can use a FAX and address one to each Committee member: Senate FAX 775/684-6500
A petition with over 1400 signatures was given to Legislators today by the opposition. PLEASE comment in whatever form you like, BUT COMMENT!
If you like also sign petition HERE
SAMPLE LETTER WITH COMMENTS RELEVANT TO TODAYS DISCUSSION!
My letter to you is in reference to Bill SB 72 before you now in committee. I am in support of this Bill passing.
Last session claims were made that these events do not occur in Nevada. Those claims were proven to be blatantly false.
Again it appears that the Legislature is focused on a debate of “it doesn’t happen NOW in Nevada.” This debate is irrelevant to passing laws to protect horses from potentially fatal or life debilitating actions in the name of entertainment. An offensive action must only be “reasonable to occur again” to justify the passage of this Bill. The conduct in question is “reasonable” to assume will occur again in the state. This standard of “reasonable” is more than met as the identical opposers to the Bill that made the assertion that the conduct does not occur in Nevada the last time and were proven false, are the same making that assertion today.
The conduct in question (asserted to be intentional or accidental) must only have a “reasonable expectation to cause” harm in order to be valid in this debate. The conduct in question, throwing a rope to lasso the legs of a running horse, has a reasonable expectation to cause harm.
I ask that you pass SB72 and amend the following language:
A person shall not:
(a) Intentionally engage in horse tripping or steer tailing for sport, entertainment, competition or practice; accidental tripping is exempt.
Be replaced with:
(a) throw a rope, pole or any object that has a reasonable expectation to cause a horse to trip and fall for sport, entertainment, competition or practice.
I ask the aforementioned with all due respect and with a sincere knowledge that the conduct in question is likely to occur, cause harm to the animals and cause further harm to the reputation of the state of Nevada and it’s citizens.
insert name and contact info
PLEASE SHARE THIS ALERT WIDELY. IF YOU ARE NOT FROM NEVADA PLEASE POINT TO TOURISM (YOU WILL NOT VISIT NEVADA). THOSE OPPOSING THE BILL CLAIM IT CREATES REVENUE FOR THE STATE.