Activists are fighting for Oatmeal the Blind Steer
You’ve probably heard the news over the last few days that a blind steer named Oatmeal, raised as an FFA project, was sold at show to slaughter. This is the norm for Future Farmers of America who aim to teach children and young adults the ways of animal husbandry, and ultimately desensitize them to the death of their animal companion. Children raise a young farm animal from birth, show them at fair, and have them auctioned off, and the photos are always soul-crushing. Kendyll Williams, just thirteen years old, was pictured weeping as she bid goodbye to the blind steer that wasn’t supposed to amount to much.
In Fort Worth Texas, Kendyll’s grandmother spoke to the close bond that Oatmeal and Kendyll shared. “I don’t know what she says to him, but he responds to her like no other steer I’ve seen. When he hears her voice, or even just smells her, you can see his whole body just relax,” she told the Star Telegram. It’s devastating to read those words and realize that the whole time, Kendyll was expected to bring her beloved steer to auction and slaughter. Rowdy Girl sanctuary has raised the necessary funds to rescue Oatmeal, but is waiting with bated breath to hear if the livestock show will be willing to give him up. This isn’t anything out of the ordinary for FFA. Children sob and cling to their beloved animal partners as adults smile and shake their heads, thrilled to be desensitizing youth and reminiscing about the days when they participated, too.
As always at Ecorazzi, we encourage readers to care not just about a steer because he is disabled and raised with love, but to fight for the rights of all animals to exist freely.