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Velma "Wild Horse Annie" Bronn Johnston
Birth: Mar. 5, 1912
Washoe County
Nevada, USA
Death: Jun. 27, 1977
Washoe County
Nevada, USA

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. (bio by: Gunny Obos) 
Mountain View Cemetery
Washoe County
Nevada, USA
Plot: Pine Lawn B-184 9 Center
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Gunny Obos
Record added: Jul 20, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14991294
Velma Wild Horse Annie <i>Bronn</i> Johnston
Added by: Gunny Obos
Velma Wild Horse Annie <i>Bronn</i> Johnston
Added by: Gunny Obos
Velma Wild Horse Annie <i>Bronn</i> Johnston
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Another year has passed by. Here in Reno, your beloved wild horses are suffering at the hands of those who wish to round them up and sell them for slaughter. However, there are still grass roots organizations here in Reno who fight the good fight, stand u...(Read more)
- Gunny Obos
 Added: Jun. 29, 2016

- Maggie Mac
 Added: Jun. 27, 2016

- Lillian
 Added: Jun. 27, 2016
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