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Horse advocates protest in Carson City

More than 60 wild-horse advocates, including singer-songwriter Lacy J. Dalton, braved biting winds in Carson City Wednesday to demonstrate against any plans to remove horses from the Virginia Range.

The Alliance of Wild Horse Advocates have accused the Nevada Department of Agriculture director Tony Lesperance of wanting to remove horses from the range and sell them at auction. If that happens, advocates believe most will go to slaughter.

The group protested outside the Legislative Assembly on Carson Street from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, drawing many honks of support from passing cars and trucks.

Ed Foster, state Department of Agriculture spokesman, said the department would be conducting a study of range conditions before any decisions are made about what to do with the horses.