Effective November 1, 2013, a law permitting horse slaughter in Oklahoma’s takes effect. At his time, however, it is anyone’s guess when a horse slaughterhouse could begin operations. The law to permit slaughtering of horses was passed into law at the legislative session that ended in May, 2013.
In order to build a slaughter house in Oklahoma, approval is required from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. There are no active applications for Oklahoma at the USDA.
The sponsoring legislator is not aware of any activity whatsoever. Moreover, no one expects a facility to be built in Oklahoma any time soon.
As it is, consumption of horse meat remains banned across the United States. This nation has always considered horses as pets.
Those who are in support of horse slaughter, and they are not the majority or even close to it, claim this law is necessary. They point to the fact that horses are being shipped to Canada and to Mexico where they are abused and slaughtered inhumanely. According to these supporters, people needed another option to deal with horses that are no longer wanted or needed.
Founder of the Central Oklahoma Humane Society Christy Counts, describes horse slaughter as a dark and seedy business and Oklahomans don’t want horse slaughter.
This is really a barbaric way to handle what is a perceived problem in Oklahoma.
The writer has followed the Oklahoma horse slaughter issue for some time now in an effort to keep the reading audience informed. Here are the articles that are specifically oriented to the Oklahoma horse slaughter issue from the most recent ones first to the oldest:
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