Velma “Wild Horse Annie” <I>Bronn</I> Johnston

Velma “Wild Horse Annie” Bronn Johnston

Reno, Washoe County, Nevada, USA
Death 27 Jun 1977 (aged 65)
Reno, Washoe County, Nevada, USA
Burial Reno, Washoe County, Nevada, USA
Plot Pine Lawn B-184 9 Center
Memorial ID 14991294 · View Source
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Animal Rights Activist. During the 1950s in Nevada, she exposed the cruel and legal methods used by ranchers, hunters, and "mustangers" to remove wild horses from public lands. "Wild Horse Annie", as she was later known, led a grass roots campaign, which involved school children writing letters to Congress, in protest of the treatment of the horses. Public outrage and the innumerable letters written to Congress, resulted in the passing of several pieces of legislation that banned the use of aircraft and land vehicles in the capture of wild horses. In 1971, former President Nixon signed into law the Wild Free-roaming Horse and Burro Act, which banned the capture, branding, and death of wild horses on public lands. The 1961 movie "The Misfits" depicts some of the roundup methods used by the "mustangers" of the 1950s. Johnston died of lung cancer at 65.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Velma “Wild Horse Annie” Bronn Johnston (5 Mar 1912–27 Jun 1977), Find a Grave Memorial no. 14991294, citing Mountain View Cemetery, Reno, Washoe County, Nevada, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .