November 1 is the day that horse slaughter is officially legal in the state of Oklahoma. That is, it has become effective to do the killing part of horse slaughter and also to butcher the horse carcasses – just don’t try to sell any of the resulting horse meat in the United States. Our “harvested and humanely killed” horses must now be shipped to other countries. We are, therefore, the killers and the world beyond can gorge on our kindness and dirty work.
Seems par for the course – Our country is always doing the world a favor from sending aid, to paying it, to rescue and emergency efforts and to protecting everyone that needs protecting. It is just too bad that generosity is not extended to our own horses.
That this law was even passed is a puzzle to everyone. Clearly folks in Oklahoma did not want horse slaughter. In fact at least 66 percent of Oklahoma said no to horse slaughter. Again, it’s puzzling that so many House representatives voted in favor of horse slaughter.
Just in case any Oklahoma folks have not identified the legislators who voted FOR horse slaughter, check them out – Conveniently for that purpose, follow to the record of their votes right here – Click to see how Oklahoma House and Senate members voted on the whole horse killing matter. Then remember them by not ever voting for them again!
Fight with your ballots. Fight with your voice. Remember them.
Remember how a mere handful of them rushed this bill through? Remember how “humane” they deemed horse slaughter to be? Remember how Ms McNeal pushed and prodded – never once stating her personal involvement and the family auction business? Remember how they never stopped to listen to their constituents? Remember how they skewed the overpopulation problem to their benefit?
What state wants to be known for “We Kill Horses” anyway!
Frankly, it is no consolation to know that nobody is knocking on USDA’s door at this moment for horse killing permission. We can just wait for the kill proponents to decide on their next steps. At this moment, they’re all busy in New Mexico.
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Here is another way to get at the voting and legislative information on meat inspection.