Release Oatmeal the Blind Steer to Rowdy Girl Sanctuary

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Oatmeal, a 964-pound blind steer, won our hearts after footage emerged of his heart-wrenching goodbye with the 13-year-old girl who raised him.

The girl, a member of FFA (Future Farmers of America), had grown particularly fond of him because of his visual impairment and sweet nature. So when she sold him at the Fort Worth Stock Show and had to send him off to be “processed,” she broke down in tears. When animal lovers like myself saw this on the news, we immediately began trying to save Oatmeal. We raised money, made phone calls, and demanded that his life be spared. He was rescued from the slaughterhouse he had been sent to, but he did not get the freedom he deserves.

Rowdy Girl Sanctuary, a farm animal rescue near Houston, had offered to take Oatmeal, but they chose instead to transfer him to Texas A&M University to serve as an “educational animal,” whatever that entails. One thing is certain -- he will live out his days in a tiny indoor enclosure. This is not right.

The world has taken note of Oatmeal’s story, and thousands have cried out against this move to Texas A&M. Please hear my plea for this loveable blind steer and call for his release to Rowdy Girl Sanctuary, so he can live his life surrounded by love and good care.

Renee King-Sonnen, who runs Rowdy Girl Sanctuary, was at the forefront of the charge to save Oatmeal. She has 68 rescued farm animals, including recently Stormy, a blind 8-month-old steer. Many of these animals come from the FFA circuit and factory farms. Oatmeal would be so happy at her farm, and it would show the world we can have mercy for special animals who capture our hearts.

Yes, living as an educational animal in a university veterinary center sure beats the slaughterhouse. But “better” isn’t good enough when we have a viable alternative that would afford Oatmeal the life of love and free-roaming happiness he deserves.

Please help me urge Texas A&M to release Oatmeal to Rowdy Girl Sanctuary, where he belongs.

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