Even in the event you’ve by no means watched Ree Drummond’s Pioneer Girl, you have in all probability seen her on The View or the At this time Present or Good Morning America.
Cooking present hosts often aren’t that controversial. Some are humorous, some are scorching, some are homosexual icons, some turn into memes.
Ree Drummond, nevertheless, is not any stranger to being divisive. This time, she’s accused of supporting a mass horse slaughter.
Ree Drummond runs a weblog titled Pioneer Girl, and it is all about cooking for her household.
They stay on a ranch in Oklahoma the place her younger youngsters are homeschooled, in order that’s the overall vibe that she has going for her.
Ree has a cooking present, Pioneer Girl.
In fact, Ree Drummond has been accused of racism previously.
At one level, she joked about having confused having a tan with being black.
One other time, she pulls “Asian scorching wings” out of the oven as a recreation day snack, and members of her crew protest that they do not “belief” the wings.
(To be clear: there are a variety of Asian and Asian-inspired wing sauce flavors; somebody claiming to dislike or distrust them may be xenophobic and undoubtedly has dangerous style, however that exact occasion wasn’t essentially racist)
This time, nevertheless, Ree Drummond stands accused of one thing very totally different.
Earlier this month, she traveled to Arizona and spoke on the Nationwide Cattlemen’s Beef Affiliation’s commerce present, writing on Fb:
“The irony of me talking to three,500 cattlemen and cattlewomen was not misplaced on me, and it was an honor to discuss how a lot I’ve loved sharing glimpses of ranch life on my weblog, TV present, and social media for the previous twelve (!) years.”
She acquired the Distinguished Service Award on the occasion.
However now she’s being slammed for partnering with a company that allegedly helps the mass slaughter of Federally protected wild horses.
As reported by RadarOnline, Director of Wild Horse Affairs for the Wild Horse Freedom Federation, Debbie Coffey, writes:
“For a few years, the Nationwide Cattlemen’s Beef Affiliation has been pushing for the slaughter of America’s wild horses & burros, and their group was listed on the Steering Committee of the secretive ‘Slaughter Summit’ held in Utah in 2017”
Coffey successfully accuses Ree Drummond of hypocrisy, of utilizing horse motifs as a part of her branding.
Moreover, it seems to be like she believes that the Drummonds are earning money from each side of the wild horse subject.
“All of the whereas, Drummond Land & Cattle Co., co-owned by Ree’s husband, Ladd Drummond, has been paid over $20 million in taxpayer to warehouse captured wild horses on his non-public property.”
Coffey says: “Speak about buttering your bread on each side.”
For individuals who aren’t steeped within the tradition of … effectively, just about something with hooves … the “Horse Slaughter Summit” in Utah was an invitation-only occasion for teams and people who imagine that, effectively, wild horse populations have to be culled.
Wild horses are federally protected (animals who aren’t federally protected usually run the chance of being hunted to extinction, for meals or hides or for sport or just because people with weapons discover them inconvenient).
You’d suppose “horse slaughter” summit, which is emphatically not what they referred to as it, could be about normalizing horse meat within the American weight loss program or one thing.
(Consuming horse is sort of taboo, despite the fact that not like canines, cats, and people, horses are hardly ever members of the family or a part of society; that is inherited from British tradition)
However this was truly about sure folks feeling that the rangelands can not maintain rising horse populations, and that some needs to be “humanely euthanized.”
We do not know the true motives of everybody on the summit — a few of them, no less than, have been actually taking care of their very own monetary pursuits. Wild horses may be inconvenient to some ranchers.
However nobody is accusing Ree Drummond herself of getting been there.
All that she did was deal with a cattle business group. It completely suits her model and we do not see something significantly sinister or hypocritical about her actions.
In truth, if her husband makes cash off of untamed horses being alive, does not that — if something — give her motive to need extra wild horses round?
Only a thought.