Movement Gaining Steam to Boycott Nev ad
a On State Tourism Site
Photo by Craig Downer
By Steven Long
HOUSTON, (Horseback) – A grass roots movement is gaining momentum on a state tourism site on the social media network Facebook. There, wild horse lovers are urging tourists to boycott the state as the legislature considers a bill that would deny water to wild horses.
Others are as well. In a note to the Chic
ago based advocacy group Equine Welfare Alliance, Vice Presidet Vicki Tobin quoted a member in a note to supporters angered by the proposed ham fisted Nevada action. “We received an email from one of our members that was very powerful. Her employer is a national real estate firm that frequently holds their annual meeting in Las Vegas.
Her email, on behalf of her employer stated that should this bill pass, they will make sure the meeting is never again held in Las Vegas. The attendance at this meeting is 8,000.”
Nevada is home to more wild horses than any other state in the nation, yet many consider them a nuisance, particularly ranchers.
Activist organizations, usually outspoken on the issue of protecting wild horses, are being uncharacteristically timid in speaking out for the proposed boycott.
Yet the horse lovers aren’t biting their tongues on the Facebook site.
“My hubby & I go to Vegas 3 or 4 times a year from Cali. We will not be returning if the state of Nevada passes AB329 any longer,” said a California woman. “We stay at Caesars in the Augustus Towers or the MGM’s The Signature. We live in a beaut iful state and have lots of other choices and we will spend our money here
if this is passed. Since Nevada doesn’t seem to want “out of state” opinions I guess you don’t want our “out of state” money either.”
Another wrote, “We usually stop in Nev. every year on my way to visit family in calf. I won’t be doing that this yr. It is wrong and cruel to deny another living being water.
That is a horrible way to die, and it is 100% guaranteed that is what will happen. I will pass the message on, as well as, do my part to see that our money or time is NOT spent there,”
Another Vegas fan said, “Your legislators only want to hear from Nevada residents. Apparently they don’t want to hear from tourists. Nevada will never hear from me again if they pass this bill.” Thses comments and others can be found on Facebook’s “Travel Nevada” page.