Horse tripping WILL continue in the state of Nevada even if the current Bill against it passes. Yes, you read that right.
At the Senate committee hearing all was going well. The serious nature of the issue was being presented and it was confirmed that it is happening in Nevada. And then one of the advocate presenters actually said that what happened in Winnemucca was an accident! Yes, you read that right as well.
It has been downhill since then.
The Bill was rewritten to allow what happened in Winnemucca to happen again. After all it was just an “accident.”
The Oregon state Senate just passed a BAN on horse tripping that moves into the House. If it passes Oregon will be added to the growing list of states that actually have BANS on horse tripping. Those states include the state of Texas that has the biggest traditional rodeo in the world in Houston… and it was NOT impacted by the bans.
But Nevada just can’t do it.
“Something” is not better than “nothing.” This Bill would now “approve” of what you see in that video. It would make it legal and above reproach. It is not forward but backward!
There is a real fear that those that proposed this legislation will allow this bill to pass in Assembly. IF it passes there will be no reintroduction of legislation that would actually DO SOMETHING. IF this bill passes all it does is “pass” responsibility to local jurisdictions… in other words it does nothing!
Edited to add: There is talk that this is a sensible “compromise” and that all bills must “compromise.” This bill was compromised even before the public had an opportunity to comment on it at the Senate committee hearing. Steer tailing and hotshot use were removed entirely in a compromise to appease the Nevada livestock commission. This bill has been so compromised now that it means nothing. There is a claim that it will police the “underground.” A reminder that no one from the underground, neighborhoods where it does occur, would come forward at the hearing… there was real fear. This bill leaves it entirely to local jurisdictions to sanction any event. That means local ordinances would need to pass to ban it. Three counties in Nevada have bans and one has already moved to remove the ban.
EDIT: WE were asked to PLEASE withdraw our opposition. We worked with Legislature to remove some of the loopholes. The bill still has very little actual prohibitions in it. But we withdrew our opposition and stand ready to address this bill again next session as more video is gained.
ALL efforts to get sane language (illegal to engage in activities for entertainment that have a reasonable expectation to cause a horse to fall) have failed. Horse tripping has either the front or rear legs of a galloping horse lassoed. The intent is to release before the horse falls.
Free Wild Horse and Burro Rally Kits
This time of year many people attend rallies and functions where they set up tables to educate the public to the issues surrounding wild horses and burros in the US. We have had several requests to provide information. In response we created a “Rally Kit.” Most of the items you can download and print from home or save in pdf and have printed at a local office supply store. In addition we added t-shirts, stickers and even a mylar balloon to our cafepress store to help complete any rally table.
Let’s reach more people and get them to “Speak Out!”