Saving The Onaqui Pt 8

There has been such an outpouring of love, support and passion to help the Onaqui wild horses retain/regain their freedom, their families and their lives in the past few months it is absolutely beautiful to see.   

I think it’s important to note before I get started on ways to coordinate and help that there are SO many other wild horse herds in the US that face the same fate.  I am so blessed to be able to share stories of our Onaqui and allow people who maybe never met them to get a glimpse into their social bonds and personalities.  Just because there isn’t someone doing the same thing at the other less known HMA’s doesn’t mean that those horses are any less special, social or bonded with eachother.

At the very end of this blog I’ve included links to the past 7 blogs which offer not only statistics and facts, but links to back them up, ways to help and people to contact.

Here are some very basic ways that we can all unite together right now and moving forward to hopefully enable change to happen and help our wild horses continue to live wild and free as the national treasures that they are.

Know the Facts

Probably the most important element of all of this is that we know the facts and are able to speak clearly, concisely, calmly and truthfully before we start reaching out to government officials, NGOs, Sanctuaries, etc. to hear our plea. 

Emotions run so high when it comes to saving the lives of those we love, but careening off topic and making threats, rants, unrealistic demands only hurts the cause it doesn’t help it.

(see the link to previous blogs at the end of this article & specific Onaqui HMA info)

Convince Congress and the Senators

Do the research to find out who your states Senator and Congressperson is and make contact.  Ask to speak directly to their (1) Legislative Aid

then to their (2) Legislative Director

and finally to (3) the State Representative themselves.

Below are some specific topics to address:

Message #1. The National Academy of Sciences confirmed there is no science supporting the basis (AML) for the BLM’s overpopulation myth.

Background:
– This arbitrary system is called AML = Appropriate Management Level which sets the number of WHB allowed to live on a Herd Area.
– The BLM created a biased system where wild horses are only allowed 20% forage on their own lands while 80% is given to livestock; any horse above the 20% use is considered overpopulation.
– What is happening to our local Onaqui herd is happening to wild horses and burros throughout the West.
– Polls show the vast majority of Americans, Republicans and Democrats, oppose roundups and want their American wild horses and burros managed with humane PZP fertility control on the range.

Message #2. We are calling on Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer and President Biden to require the majority of the budget be dedicated to humane, on-range management and stop the roundups.


Background:
– The government plans to round up and add 100,000 wild horses and burros to the more than 50,000 who are already warehoused in government holding facilities.
– The National Academy of Sciences said that roundups are not sustainable … adding more wild horses and burros to government holding facilities doesn’t make any sense; NAS said humane, on-range management is the answer. (NAS Report: https://www.nap.edu/resource/13511/wild-horses-report-brief-final.pdf)

Message #3. This broken system must be replaced with a fair and humane program that America can be proud of! A program that gives wild horses and burros their fair share; keeps them out of government holding facilities and wild and free on our public lands. This is what the majority of Americans want!

Background:
– Wild horses and burros are only allowed to live on 11% of our public lands;
– Even on this small area the BLM only allows them less than 20% of the forage (food) and gives 80% to commercial livestock.
– WHB deserve their FAIR SHARE of our public lands and on-range management with humane birth control should be used to manage population growth while preserving natural, wild behaviors which are so important to these magnificent animals.
– We support win-win solutions that work for ranchers AND wild horses (e.g. voluntary retirement of livestock grazing permits, compensation for non-use of livestock grazing permits, compensation to work with advocates on humane birth control, etc.)

Spread the Word

So many of us are new to this fight.  Please don’t think that just because you’re just finding out about roundups you can’t make a difference!  Our mustangs and American Heritage needs every last voice that they can get right now and moving forward. 

For every person that is sharing the facts and the tragedies and the misspending of our tax dollars to take these horses from their homes on OUR public lands, just think of how many people in turn you can be introducing that have no news of the war that’s currently raging on for our Wild Horses & Burros.  Now encourage these people to help to inform others and so on. 

Every. Last. Voice. Is. Needed.

Stay Informed

There are so many ways to stay informed of accurate and up to date information.  Below are links to just some of the sources you may want to start following:

  1. The Cloud Foundation
  2. Red Birds Trust
  3. Skydog Sanctuary
  4. Animal Wellness Action
  5. Wild Horse Education

Media Outreach

Once you have had an opportunity to gather numbers and facts begin reaching out to both local and national media outlets.  And keep reaching out.  This issue isn’t going away any time soon so it’s imperative that American’s make their voices heard even to the top tiers of our government offices that we want our tax dollars to go towards 1) Humane On the Range Management 2) Towards protecting this National Treasure as dictated by the 1971 Wild Horse & Burro Act and 3) that they be given their fair share of the forage and water supply on our public lands instead of 80% or more being allocated to livestock grazing.  Quote the National Academy of Science report procured by our Government in 2013 – this document is available online at: https://wildhorseeducation.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/13511.pdf and is a wealthy of knowledge and power!

Attend Rallies

It’s so important to at the very least show up in support of our Wild Horses & Burros when there is an organized rally in your area.  There’s no need to be yelling or causing a fuss, but there is power in numbers and the more people that show up in support, the more chance there is of news media showing up for coverage and from there the words continues to spread gaining momentum along the way.

Previous links to Blogs Offering Facts, Figures and links on how to Save the Onaqui

Part 1: https://wildhorsephotosafaris.wordpress.com/2021/03/11/saving-the-onaqui/

Part 2: https://wildhorsephotosafaris.wordpress.com/2021/03/20/saving-the-onaqui-pt-2/

Part 3: https://wildhorsephotosafaris.wordpress.com/2021/03/

Part 4: https://wildhorsephotosafaris.wordpress.com/2021/04/22/saving-the-onaqui-pt-4/

Part 5: https://wildhorsephotosafaris.wordpress.com/2021/05/08/saving-the-onaqui-pt-5/Part

Part 6: https://wildhorsephotosafaris.wordpress.com/2021/05/31/saving-the-onaqui-pt-6/

Part 7:  https://wildhorsephotosafaris.wordpress.com/2021/06/17/saving-the-onaqui-pt-7/

FACT SHEET ONAQUI – UTAH WILD HORSE ISSUE: AT-A-GLANCE

  • BLM-MANAGED PUBLIC LAND USE IN UTAH

Livestock is given 10x more BLM-managed public lands than wild horses/burros in UT.

Livestock is given more than 80-90% of the forage in Onaqui (based on high and low AML for wild horses which is 121 to 210 horses).

Livestock is given 98% of forage allocations on federal public lands; wild horses/burros is given just 2%.

Following are the statistics for UTAH wild horses, burros (WHB) and livestock grazing on Bureau of Land Management-managed public lands:

1,956 WHB allowed on 2.15 million acres   (current estimated population 5,746 WHB)                  

while the equivalent of

108,333 cows* (1.3 million AUMs) are allowed on 22 million acres in the state.[i]

* Cow grazing is used because cows and wild horses are allocated the same amount of forage; there are actually far greater numbers of sheep due to size (5 sheep = 1 cow).

The current estimated population of 5,316 wild horses and 430 burros in Utah comprises just 5% of the permitted livestock grazing on BLM-managed lands in the state.

BLM wants to remove 2/3 of all of Utah’s wild horses/burros.

  • 1/3 OF ORIGINAL HABITAT HAS BEEN TAKEN AWAY FROM WILD HORSES & BURROS IN UTAH

Wild horses and burros have been zeroed-out or eliminated from ONE-THIRD of the original BLM-managed public lands in Utah that were designated for their use.

ORIGINAL (1971) CONGRESS-DESIGNATED

PUBLIC LANDS FOR WILD HORSE/BURROIN UTAH:                    3,224,891 acres

REMAINING PUBLIC LANDS FOR

WILD HORSE/BURRO IN UTAH:                                                                        2,154,458 acres

Private, commercial livestock continues to graze on these zero-out wild horse/burro zeroed-out lands.

The federal grazing fee for 2021 remains the same at $1.35 per animal unit month.[ii]

allows more than any of Utah’s BLM grazing allotments are “common” allotments where more than one permittee is authorized to use the allotment. Grazing on these allotments is authorized through the issuance of 1,462 grazing permits and provide for just over 1.3 million animal unit months (AUMs) of livestock use.

ONAQUI HERD MANAGEMENT AREA GRAZING

Established by an Act of Congress, signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, the NAS is charged with providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology

10th Circuit Court of Appeals

“While action is mandatory if necessary to acheive a ”thriving natural ecological balance on public lands, the BLM is left with a great deal of discretion in deciding how to achieve that Congressional objective.”

The BLM’s claims of overpopulation are unsubstantiated and based on the unscientific population limits (Appropriate Management Levels – AMLs) imposed by the agency itself. The National Academy of Sciences found “no science-based rationale” for these population limits, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in 2016 that AMLs are not written into the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act and the BLM is under no obligation to remove horses just because their populations exceed the agency-created AMLs.


[i] https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjQ4Z6e0bjxAhVEpZ4KHdZ3Dj0QFjADegQIAxAD&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.blm.gov%2Fprograms%2Fnatural-resources%2Frangeland-and-grazing%2Frangeland-health%2Futah&usg=AOvVaw1D5jrpDgrhLwr8wR1_LmP-

[ii] https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwiE5_3rz7jxAhXHpZ4KHcwkCtgQFjABegQIBBAD&url=https%3A%2F%2Felkodaily.com%2Fnews%2Fstate-and-regional%2Fgovt-and-politics%2Fgrazing-fees-stay-same-for-2021%2Farticle_051860e4-df2f-5219-8677-a88e500f5e77.html&usg=AOvVaw240a_oYGCKSXtDN3llViEg

10 Comments on “Saving The Onaqui Pt 8

  1. Please help our wild horses no animal deserves this please end slaughter and transportation to slaughter places no to China and wherever they sell them please help them

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  2. This is horrible! These precious creatures should be left alone to live their lives safe and free, as they have for generations! The way God intended them to live!

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  3. The price that they are charging per ‘Unit’ for grazing is ridiculously low ~ there is no other entity in this country that is charging such a bargain price! I cannot believe that BLM is basically giving away the grazing that our wild horses need when these animals are so beloved by the Americam people!

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  4. This is an extraordinary and much sought-after resource. Thank you so much for taking the time to compile and detail all of the horrific wrongs and injustices – and then giving us action items to positively channel our grief and anguish.

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  5. As long as Special Interest groups are allowed to fund our politicians for elected positions- Wild Horses will continue to disappear from our public lands. The Deep pockets of The American Cattleman’s Association is bankrolling the removal of the beautiful animals. Unfortunately, it is not the “family ranch” that holds most of the grazing permits but the big corporate ranches with thousands cow/calf pairs that live on the summer ranges. The American public is being mislead by thinking summer range is utilized by the mom and pop operations. They are also told Wild Horses destroy winter feeding grounds for wildlife. Neither of those two things are true. Large Corporations pay under $2 per pair while the family farmer pays twice as much for the same summer range permits. It will be both the Wild Horses and the family ranchers that will lose the use of public ground grazing as the Corporate Ranches get fat. We struggle to hold on to permits that have been in the family for three generations as corporate ranchers with 2500-3000 pairs push us out.

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  6. PLEASE DEVELOP A NEW PLAN that manages the Wild Horses and Burros on their HMA’s and or Range. Increase Mustang/Burro Percentage of HMA allotment. Accept an outside unbiased study to set AML’s by a Research Group not affiliated with the Domestic Livestock Industry or the BLM. Stop Helicopter Round Ups and Stop using IUD Birth Control in Mustang Mares. Dictate that BLM OPT for Safe non invasive Forms of Birth Control as recommended by Equine Reproductive Specialists.. ***Reintroduce Burros into HMA’s where they have been Zeroed Out. Wild Burros are the minority on HMA’s and no longer have sufficient numbers to maintain Genetic Diversity. DICTATE that BLM follow and maintain herd numbers recommended in Unbiased Genetic Studys by Respected Educated Professionals that understand Equine Herd Dynamics and the Number of Mustangs/Burros related to herd numbers to ensure Genetic Viability. It is time for BLM to Honor and Enforce The Policies That were Enacted to Protect The Mustangs /Burros.*** Full Public Disclosure of BLM Proposed Actions which concern management of Mustangs/Burros to the Public.. Adequate Notice for the Public to Respond to Said Proposed Actions. Limit Number of Board Members and Management Employees with Direct Ties to the Cattle Indusrty. Specifically those with BLM Grazing Leases and or Contracts for Private BLM Holding Facilities and Off Range Corrals. As this is a direct conflict of interest. ** Dictate that BLM Management make an effort to develop Respectful Working Relationships with Educated Experienced Professionals dedicated to preserving and protecting Wild Life and Ecological Systems which includes protection and on Range Management of Mustangs/Burros on their HMA’s/range and including Local HMA Mustang/Burro Advocates interested in protecting the Mustangs/Burros on their HMA’s. Local Mustang Advocates are a valuable manpower force to record and Dart Mustangs Mares with Birth Control, identify individual mustangs/Burros with pictures, markings, etc. Advocates are among the first to report adverse conditions on HMA’s and injured Mustangs/Burros.

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