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Wild-horse advocates rally vs. roundups, slaughter

Wild-horse advocates rally vs. roundups, slaughter

CREATED Apr 29, 2013

RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Wild-horse advocates staged weekend rallies across the country, including ones in Carson City and Las Vegas, to drum up opposition to the government's removal of mustangs from the range and to proposals to slaughter them.

According to organizers, rallies were held Saturday in all 50 states as well as Canada and Australia.

Organizers say a demonstration that drew some 70 people outside the Legislative Building in Carson City was the largest. Similar rallies attracted about 50 people in Las Vegas, 25 people in Oakland, Calif., and 20 people in Rock Springs, Wyo.

The rallies were initiated through social media by Wild Horse Preservation League member Patty Bumgarner of Dayton.

Organizers hope new Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will halt the federal government's ongoing removal of wild horses in the West.