Virginia Range wild horses rally held in Reno

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- Wild horse advocates are again calling on Governor Brian Sandoval to cancel the plan to transfer the Virginia Range wild horses to a private ownership.

March 4, 2018, wild horse organizations held their 16th rally in the last few months. More than 30 people showed up at the intersection near Meadowood Mall. They are protesting a decision made December 2017 by the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) Board to transfer the Virginia Range wild horses over to private ownership.

People against the plan say they are concerned with what the private owners might do to the horses.

"I don't know who would apply, other than somebody that planned on taking them off the range and selling them and making a lot of money," said Louise Martin, American Wild Horse Campaign.

The demonstrators are asking Governor Brian Sandoval to step in, but his office says the Governor will not override the NDA board's decision, but encourages both sides to come to the table and open a dialogue. Martin says NDA refused to start one with the nonprofit.

"Right now I feel like we are at a standstill," said Martin

NDA Director Jim Barbee released a statement regarding not meeting with the nonprofit, saying since the request for proposal is ongoing, he doesn't feel comfortable meeting at this time.

Groups interested in looking to take on ownership of the wild horses have to submit their proposal by April 16, 2018.

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