I am deeply saddened by the events in Texas and my heart goes out to all the people who have lost loved ones, livestock, and their livelihood. There has been many great things written and shared. Since I have not experienced it first hand, I thought I would try to explain what I have learned, but I thought that I would also share some of the more memorable articles and things that I have seen, to share with those of you looking for more information:
As I sit here writing this and take time to think about all those affected by the fire, I cannot help but wonder where all of the agricultural critics are. Time and time again, I have heard activists and read articles from Human Society of the United States, HSUS, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, PETA, fighting for animal rights. They want animals to be treated so fairly and humanely, that they come into our lives to try to tell us how we need to treat our animals, that we have been taking care of for our whole lives. They try to make certain rules and take our rights, as farmers away from us. I am wondering though, during this horrific tragedy, where are they now?
As we sit hear mourning, and trying to spread the word of what happened, or trying to find ways to help, where are organizations such as HSUS and PETA? Where are they in time of agricultural disaster and time of need? American farmers could use all of the extra help they can get right now. Correct me if I am wrong, but to me they seem like they are so concerned about our practices and the well being of our animals, but are not here to show their “support” now.
I am struggling to understand how this is only a minor issue to some, and some do not even know about it. If an urban city would have burned, it would be all over the news and people would be more proactive trying to do things to help. Because it was a very rural, it seems that it is a topic that is not well covered outside of the agriculture industry. This is a very huge tragedy though, as people have lost their families, their livestock, their homes, and their whole lives. Farmers are not giving up though, as those that are able are getting back up to mend what they can and work hard to get what they can back.
On the positive side, I am pleased and proud to look at the agriculture industry as a whole, as we help rebuild. There are people from all over the nation that are willing to help in any way that they can. Many are sending bottled water to families. Some that are able, are hauling loads of hay to areas affected by the fire, because it will take a while for the grass to grow back. Supporters are also sending supplies and money donations. In total, the agriculture industry is coming together to mend what they can and help begin the rebuilding process, that will be long and hard.
It will be a rough road to recovery, but as a whole, we can help rebuild and help heal. If you want to help, but are unsure how, please visit:
May the people who lost their lives rest in peace, and may God be with everyone.