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Onaqui Roundup Concludes with 435 Wild Horses Captured

A lone horse in the Onaqui. Photo credit: Jen Rogers, Wild Horse Photo Safaris.

The Onaqui wild horse roundup in Utah concluded this week. We are sorry to report that more than 435 wild horses were captured, with one death. In 2019, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) removed 241 of the 510 wild horses they estimated lived in and around Onaqui.

Experts have long pointed to these massive roundups as the cause of poor genetic health in wild horse populations. Sharp declines in population force horses left on the range to inbreed, causing genetic concerns.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to return 104 wild horses to the range, including 50 mares who will have been given PZP fertility control. Per Western Watersheds Project, livestock grazing permits overlapping with the Onaqui HMA authorize 19,592 AUMs (Animal Unit Months) of cattle and sheep.

The Cloud Foundation and Western Watershed Project discussed the BLM’s preference for livestock grazing in Onaqui in this Salt Lake Tribune article.

For details on the Onaqui roundup, please visit the BLM’s Onaqui roundup website.

While it’s heartbreaking and discouraging that BLM pushed through with this massive roundup despite the tremendous public opposition, we must remain dedicated to our goal.

We have not lost unless we give up – and we’re not giving up. As long as we all keep fighting, our magnificent wild horses and burros have a chance.

The Cloud Foundation will continue to push for a fair and humane program, and we hope you will continue this journey with us.

If you’re interested in helping the captured Onaqui wild horses, please visit https://redbirdstrust.org/.

The Cloud Foundation
www.thecloudfoundation.org

Help End the Slaughter of American Horses & Burros

The House of Representatives recently passed the INVEST in America Act (H.R. 3684) which includes the Carter-Fitzpatrick amendment to prohibit the transport of horses and burros across state lines for slaughter.

Now we need to make sure the Senate supports the Carter-Fitzpatrick amendment so that President Biden can sign the INVEST Act and end the end the brutal and barbaric slaughter of American equines (wild and domestic) once and for all.

In May, the New York Times published an investigative story that confirms what we all have known for years — that America’s wild horses and burros are sold into the slaughter pipeline after being “adopted.”

We must end the slaughter of all horses and burros — domestic and wild.

We are very close to making this a reality.  Please click here to take quick action now!

The Cloud Foundation
www.thecloudfoundation.org

The Fight to Save the Onaqui Is ON

Photo: Jen Rogers, Wild Horse Photo Safaris.

In a few weeks, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will resume their failed program of massive wild horse and burro roundups throughout the West — starting with the famed Onaqui wild horses outside Salt Lake City, UT.

Roundups Are Wrong – and they must stop.

The Cloud Foundation is proud to stand with actress Katherine Heigl and coalition partners at the Wild Horse and Burro Freedom Rally in Salt Lake City on July 2nd.

Please join us at the rally. Together let’s send the message to Congress and the Administration that Americans are against wild horse and burro roundups.

With this rally, we’re calling on House Speaker Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Schumer, and President Biden to listen to the vast majority of Americans who oppose roundups and want a fair and humane wild horse and burro program – one that keeps these American icons on our public lands where they belong, not in government holding facilities or, worse, sent to slaughter.

Please join us! Let’s show the government there is a better way.

Also, send a message to Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Schumer, and President Biden.

Tell them to STOP THE ROUNDUPS and require the majority of the 2022 Budget be dedicated to humane on-range management that keeps wild horse families together, wild, and free, on our public lands.

The Cloud Foundation
www.thecloudfoundation.org

Colorado’s Sand Wash Basin Wild Horses Need Your Voice

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is asking for public comments on a plan to remove 80% of the Sand Wash Basin herd located in northwestern Colorado. The agency wants to leave just 163 wild horses on the range – while they allowed the annual equivalent of over 180 cows to graze there last year.

Additionally, BLM is proposing fertility control methods that would destroy natural “wild” behaviors — including the use of Gonacon and artificially skewing the sex ratio which destroys wild horse social structure and increases stallion aggression.

Please join us in calling on BLM to humanely manage this herd on the range with PZP fertility control, and to allow the herd size to be reduced through natural attrition over time.

It takes just a moment to add your name and speak up for Colorado’s Sand Wash Basin wild horses!

The Cloud Foundation
www.thecloudfoundation.org

Say NO to Castrating Wild Stallions and Massive Roundup

BLM Wyoming (Lander FO) is asking for public input on their future management plan for wild horses living in the North Lander Complex. They plan to remove the majority of the 1,600 North Lander horses and have suggested castrating stallions on the range, destroying their natural wild behaviors.

Please raise your voice! Urge BLM to give wild horses their fair share, protect natural wild behaviors, and humanely manage these magnificent animals on their Congressionally-designated habitat.

We know the endless action alerts get tiring. It’s exhausting for us too. But we cannot stop.

Our action alerts get YOUR voice on the record showing there is massive public opposition to these hideous plans. Your voice matters!

We MUST continue to speak the truth and call for fair and humane treatment of our wild horses and burros.  If we persevere, we will prevail!  Please take action here.

The Cloud Foundation
www.thecloudfoundation.org

Massive Extermination of Wyoming’s Wild Horses Looms

The BLM is prepping to implement its Massive Extermination Plan for the wild horses in southern Wyoming. This is a direct assault – get rid of wild horses to accommodate the Rock Springs Grazing Association’s private livestock on our public lands.

We are not willing to accept, on any terms, this MASSIVE ROUNDUP.

Please take the time to sign our petition today.

Please share this message with your friends, family, and on social media. We must show BLM that Americans – from all walks of life and across all political aisles – want Wyoming’s Wild Horses protected.

This Extermination Plan must be stopped. Without your help these magnificent animals are doomed.

The Cloud Foundation
www.thecloudfoundation.org

Urge USFS to Stop Fencing Out Heber Wild Horses from Their Territory

The Forest Service (USFS) is proposing to remove more than 85% of the beloved Heber wild horses in Arizona’s Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest over the next few years. USFS wants to remove all horses outside of their designated Territory – despite the fact that they are FENCING THEM OUT.

Sadly, USFS may also use experimental drugs in their fertility control efforts rather than safe, proven PZP. Please take a moment to sign our petition urging the USFS to work with wild horse advocates to create a humane, sustainable program that works for the horses, the habitat, and the American taxpayer.

The Cloud Foundation
www.thecloudfoundation.org

California Wild Burros Are under Attack

“Genetic Crisis.” That is how renowned equine geneticist, Dr. E. Gus Cothran, assesses the vast majority of the BLM-managed wild burro populations still remaining on Western landscapes.

Dr. Cothran attributes this crisis to burro populations too small to be considered viable. Massive BLM roundups have reduced burro herds to such small numbers that inbreeding is inevitable. Destroying the genetic health of our remaining herds dooms them to inevitable extinction.

BLM California is mounting yet another aerial assault on these gentle animals. Helicopters will swoop down in an attempt to eliminate all burros from more than 560,000 acres of our BLM-managed public lands south and west of Death Valley: Centennial Herd Management Area, Slate Range, and Paramint Herd Areas. Nearly 1,000 burros will lose their freedom if this ill-conceived plan moves forward.

We need your voice! Please take action NOW to oppose to this horrific plan.

The Cloud Foundation Calls for Halting Roundups & Independent Audit of Wild Horse Program

The Cloud Foundation is calling on newly-confirmed Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to halt roundups and conduct an independent evaluation of the broken Wild Horse and Burro Program.

Record numbers of our wild horses and burros are currently warehoused in government holding facilities — more than 53,000 animals. By halting the roundups, we can work together to create win-win solutions and establish a fair and humane program that will benefit wild horses and burros, the range, and American taxpayers.

Read the press release.

This Is Why We Fight!

Sometimes, we all need a reminder of why we we’re in this fight. In honor of the California burros who stand to lose their freedom, we bring you a delightful short video. Burros are gentle, playful animals, as you can see. Enjoy!

The Cloud Foundation
www.thecloudfoundation.org

Congratulations to Madam Secretary Deb Haaland

We just received the following message from Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), a strong wild horse & burro proponent:

“This is truly a historic moment — the Senate just confirmed Deb Haaland as Secretary of the Interior, making her the first Native American to hold a White House Cabinet position in U.S. history.

“As the top Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with incoming Sec. Haaland to advance environmental justice and protect our air, water, wildlife, and public and Tribal lands.

“Her confirmation comes at a critical time, as we work to stop the feeding frenzy on our public lands and center our economy on the well-being of the people instead of on polluter profits.”

Please take a moment to congratulate Secretary Haaland and urge her to 1) put a moratorium on roundups immediately and 2) meet with The Cloud Foundation to ensure a protected future for America’s iconic wild horses and burros.

The Cloud Foundation
www.thecloudfoundation.org

Urge President Biden to Adopt Three Principles for Wild Horse & Burro Program

While President Biden awaits Congressional approval of his nomination of Congresswoman Deb Haaland for Interior Secretary, we are calling upon YOU to urge the President to adopt three key guiding principles for the wild horse and burro program:

(1) protect the “Wild” in wild horses and burros*;

(2) ensure wild horses and burros get their fair share on our public lands; and

(3) fix the woefully inadequate “humane” standards for management actions.

These principles are straightforward and should be used to guide all government actions related to wild horses and burros. If implemented, our American icons will finally receive the fair and humane treatment they deserve!

Please click here to send your message to President Biden (it only takes a moment!).

*Protecting the “Wild” in our wild horses means protecting their wild, natural behaviors. This key principle takes sterilization off the table.

Update on Caliente Complex Lawsuit

Early last week, The Cloud Foundation’s legal team was in court giving oral arguments in our lawsuit to stop the Bureau of Land Management from zeroing out (eliminating) all wild horses and burros from nearly one million acres in Nevada’s Caliente Complex.

This lawsuit is especially important because over the past 50 years, the BLM has zeroed out approximately 40% of the original Congressionally designated wild horse and burro habitat. We knew we had to do everything possible to stop this from happening in the 9 HMAs of the Caliente Complex. For more about the lawsuit and oral arguments, please click here.

The Cloud Foundation
www.thecloudfoundation.org