Aerial footage taken by The Humane Society of the United States just days after Hurricane Harvey shows thousands of cattle trapped on small patches of land in east Texas, surrounded by treacherous floodwater. Lack of food and fresh water places these poor cows at risk of dying.
See the heartbreaking video yourself.
In a press release, Dickie Vest, senior medical director of Texas-based animal sanctuary the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, said:
Cattle can go without food for a number of days, but they cannot go without fresh water. In areas where there was an ocean surge, the water that they are surrounded by or standing in may be too brackish, and that creates a life-threatening crisis for them.
Sadly, Texas raises more cows to be slaughtered for beef than any other U.S. state. After the storm, the USDA reported that 54 counties that are home to over 1.2 million cows had been declared disaster areas. While thousands of cows were rescued, it's impossible to save them all.
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