The vote by the Oklahoma Senate Agriculture and Rural Development Committee was unanimous – They have apparently been hoodwinked about horse slaughter by Representative Skye McNiel.
This committee vote now opens the way to bring an operating horse slaughterhouse into Oklahoma, despite McNiel’s dubious conflict of interest in a family auction house and erroneous information that a slaughterhouse will cure the ills of unwanted and old and abandoned horses. In addition, the legislators are lending a blind ear to the heated debates and requests by Oklahoma constituents and the public at large.
The Senate Agriculture and Rural Development Committee on Monday voted 9-0 in favor of the bill by Bristow Republican Rep. Skye McNiel. It would end Oklahoma's 50-year ban on the slaughter of horses for human consumption.
Under the bill, the sale of horse meat still would be illegal in Oklahoma, but the export for sale in other countries would be allowed.
The numbers are simple to interpret. The vote, 9-0, means that nine people are unanimously in favor of the slaughterhouse plant to kill horses. They’ve listened to some supporters who claim that the slaughter of horses would provide Oklahoma with a humane option of disposing of unwanted, aging horses in the state. They have steadfastly ignored all contacts and proof to the contrary, and are taking this action despite the meat scandal in Europe, the distrust of citizens, and the mistaken information that a slaughterhouse would solve the unwanted horse situation.
Whoever believes that slaughter can ever be “humane” is not informed and should be made to follow horses from sale to kill to see reality themselves. Further, it is a point of fact that the only humane way of putting a horse down is via euthanasiana.
What happens once the “unwanted” horses, the “aging” horses and the “abandoned” horses are depleted? Have the lawmakers of Oklahoma asked this question? And why is it that no lawmakers listen to what the constituents want? And what is so amazing about all this killing of horses is that they’re having a race to get the slaughter going in the state? It’s a race to kill horses . . .
Animal rights groups and countless American citizens who have become aware of this fight have fiercely opposed the measure and to the similar bill in the House.
Now McNiel's bill heads to the full Senate for consideration.
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