Utah’s Onaqui wild horses have a key ally in actress Katherine Heigl, who joined several groups today in the Utah state capital to draw attention to a crucial raid coming up for the animals.
Heigl, along with Animal Wellness Action, the Center for a Humane Economy, Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, Wild Horse Photo Safaris, Red Birds Trust and Cloud Foundation, came together to raise awareness of the plight of horses, facing a raid. massive helicopter from July 12.
The raid. The groups claim they will send 80 percent of the herd to BLM pens, in the process injuring or even killing some of the frightened animals. While the horses will be put up for adoption, the groups say some will reportedly end up in foreign slaughterhouses.
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The Federal Bureau of Land Management, which will handle the raid, claims the overpopulation of horses in the Great Basin has left inadequate forage.
Heigl, a Utah resident best known for her work on the television series. Grey’s Anatomy and now starring in Netflix’s Firefly lane, and the leaders of the groups involved, spoke with the rally attendees before traveling directly to the pastures where the wild Onaqui horses live free and free.
On July 1, President Joe Biden’s Office of Land Management, duplicated in a press release announcing that they will continue with the raids.
“We are doing everything we can to pressure President Joe Biden to stop the raid and eradication of the iconic Onaqui wild horses in Utah and call on the President to implement a course correction before it is too late,” said a statement from Heigl. herself the owner of a horse.
Erika Brunson, a philanthropist and member of the Global Council for Animals, also called for the planned raids to be stopped.
“With more than 52,000 wild horses and donkeys currently on government premises, it is time to stop the raids and focus on a robust and humane fertility control program using PZP,” Brunson said. “Currently only 1% of the population is addressed, which is ridiculous.”
Onaqui horses, descended from the horses used by pioneers and native tribes in the late 1800s, are known for their rugged beauty and ability to thrive in the harsh desert environment of the Great Basin of western Utah. They are a favorite with wild horse photographers and enthusiasts and are believed to be the most popular and photographed wild herd in the country.
Visit the campaign website at www.SaveTheOnaqui.org for more details.