Once again, multi-millionaire cowpoke Ladd Drummond and wife, Ree (the multi-millionaire “Pioneer Woman”), “treated” the wild horses under his care in Long Term Holding on their pastures (and likely a couple of other nearby Long Term Holding pastures) to another loud fireworks show for the 4th of July.
“Well, fireworks had to be obtained. I’ll just leave it at that until my Fireworks 2014 post on Monday. Warning: You might need sunglasses in order to read it! My husband and his brother have still not learned the fine art of subtlety when it comes to purchasing legalized explosives.
And actually, you might need a welding mask in order to read it. The photos will burn holes in your retinas!”
Then, on 7/7/14, Ree posted videos of the fireworks HERE. (Be sure to watch these so you can imagine how much the wild horses liked them. Also, notice the last photo, which shows the many empty fireworks boxes being thrown into the back of a truck. We’re not talking about a few sparklers here.)
Under one video, Ree wrote “And here’s where all eight kids wound up trembling on my lap. And a couple of parents, too.”
(I’m surprised 2,931 wild horses didn’t end up on her lap!)
We wrote about the Drummonds and fireworks in 2011 (READ HERE).
In 2012 I sent an e-mail to BLM’s Joan Guilfoyle, Dean Bolstad and Mike Pool informing them:
“Once again, Ladd Drummond, who has a wild horse long term holding contract in Oklahoma, put on a really big 4th of July fireworks show (see link below) on his property. These weren’t just a few sparklers, but what seemed to be hundreds of 500 gram fireworks (there are quite a few photos of the many boxes, including a box of 9 “One Bad Mothers”).
His LTH pasture and another wild horse long term pasture are only a few miles apart. How do you think the wild horses fared during the big fireworks show, with the loud noise and the fireworks bursting in the air? (The fireworks could probably be seen for miles, since Oklahoma is relatively flat.)
Do you consider a fireworks show to be in violation of the BLM contract with this long term facility? If not, why not? We look forward to your response.”
There was never any response from Guilfoyle, Bolstad or Pool.
But, there WAS another article on the fireworks in 2013 (READ HERE).
This is another example showing that the BLM doesn’t seem to care about the welfare of the wild horse & burros. But we do. And, with your help, we’ll continue to fight for the rights of the wild horses & burros to live on their federally protected Herd Management Areas with their family bands.
IN THE HANDS OF KILL BUYERS! When horses are purchased at auction by buyers intending to kill them, they're hauled away in double- decker tractor trailers where they are beaten and often blinded with baseball bats to mollify them. After crossing the border into Mexico, the animals are stabbed on each side-an act to tenderize their meat-and immobilized. Workers, then saw the horses legs off, at the knee and hang them to bleed out-all while the horses are ALIVE! (This is an excerpt, from an article written by Missy Diaz, crediting Victoria Mc Cullough and Sen. Joe Abruzzo for bringing awareness of horse slaughter, to Florida. In 2010 Florida Legislation unanimously passed the Horse Protection Bill, making it a felony to slaughter horses for personal or commercial use.)