Where Are You Now, Vegan Activists?
“In winters chill, or summers heat, farmers work around the clock, so that the rest of the world can eat.”
We are a mere five months into 2018, and it seems like it’s already been a year. A lot has happened for the agriculture industry in this short amount of time. At the beginning of the year, ranchers, and rodeo personnel faced scrutiny in terms of the treatment of their animals at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The things that were being suggested weren’t kind, nor were they factual. However, vegan activists swore that they were solely focused on the health and well being of those animals. They were pledging their lives to ensure that those animals be set free to live healthy lifestyles in peace. While these vegan activists claimed to be doing a good deed that they deemed to be morally correct, they seem to disappear when there are actual emergencies.
In the past month, the agriculture industry has seen two tragedies devastate the country. The first of the tragedies took place in western Oklahoma. Over 450,000 acres of pasture ground, as well as, houses, barns, and complete towns were lost. Farmers and ranchers had no other choice but to save what little they could and take their families and evacuate to safety. While in South Dakota, they were hit with a major blizzard right at the end of calving season. While the amount of loss there is unknown, it goes without saying that it still leaves ranchers in a world of hurt. When the darkness overcame, and the cold and blowing snow made it unsafe to locate anymore newborn calves, the ranchers there were faced with one option, to say a prayer, and go home.
Now I have a serious question. Vegan Activists, you were so worried about the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, why is it that now when the agriculture industry is faced with crippling tragedies that you are silent? I don’t see vegan activists doing everything in their power to save the livestock being affected, but you know who I do see? The everyday rancher, that you are so quick to bash. They are racing into the flames, and out into the cold to save their livestock; putting themselves in harm’s way because those animals you claim are being mistreated are their livelihood, and they would do anything to save them.
This isn’t the first time that tragedy has stuck the agriculture industry, nor will it be the last. I noted the same occurrence happening back in September with the floods in Texas. During that disaster, farmers and ranchers raced into flood waters to move herds, driving them to high ground, sitting with dying livestock that suffered from river rot, trying to nurse them back to health. Then when their herd was taken care of, they were going to help their neighbors rather than returning home and it’s no different now. In times of adversity it’s rancher helping rancher, that’s how it always has been, and how it always will be. The everyday rancher is one of the kindest most selfless individuals you will ever meet, so the next time you want to protest at an event like the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and bash farmers and ranchers for their treatment of their livestock I hope you realize just how foolish you are because in the face of adversity, they are the ones putting their lives on the line to save livestock, and it’s not done by painting your face and holding signs up in front of what’s meant to be a fun event.
Please say a prayer for all of those that continue to be affected by the fires and blizzard.