September 26, 2008

Thousands of Cattle Still Missing

Yesterday, the New York Times published an article detailing the ongoing efforts to find and rescue the 25,000 cows that are estimated to have gone missing as a result of Hurricane Ike two weeks ago. 10,000 of the cows have been found alive, but the others are still missing or already dead. The efforts of the groups and volunteers working to rescue these animals (and the livelihoods of farmers and ranchers throughout the region) are truly heroic.

Rare articles like these remind us that after the initial media circus surrounding natural disasters dies down, the terrible effects for local residents linger for months and years. At Farm Aid, we try and bring attention to these issues and help farmers in the areas through our Family Farm Disaster Fund. Last week, we gave $30,000 in initial grants to four groups working to help farm and ranch groups in the region. Please donate today to allow us continue to respond to this and other disasters in a timely manner.

In addition to the article, be sure to check out the amazing photos of cattle and the rescuers in the area.

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2 comments:

noble pig said...

Wow, I hadn't heard of this. Where did they go? Thank goodness for organizations that help those in need.

Romach said...

Hey that is such a wonderful thing to do helping those farmers who have been affected by this terrible events. We get one American news channel over here in the UK. It never covers stories like this and I always wondered just how exactly the farmers and their families survive with so many tornadoes happening etc. Its so nice to hear of people coming together like this in times of need. :-)

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