A ban against horse slaughter in the state of Oklahoma in place for nearly 50 years may soon come to an end. Two individual bills allowing horse slaughter in the state easily passed its legislature.
The bills moved through the House with a vote of 82-14 and the Senate with a vote of 38-6. The House bill, sponsored by Rep. Skye McNiel, would permit an operating horse slaughter plant in the state. However, the sale of horse meat for human consumption in Oklahoma would still be illegal. The horse meat from the slaughter plant would be exported to other countries.
McNiel claims horse slaughter provides a humane option for disposing of neglected animals as well as aging, unwanted horses.
Opponents insist the legislation is being rushed through House and Senate to avoid public attention and that horse slaughter is cruel and inhumane.
McNiel said that where she lives in rural Oklahoma, “Older horses often are abandoned on dead end roads or pastures by people who can no longer afford to care for them.”
She added, “Nobody wants horses to be abused. I don't."
"They have value as live animals. Why can't they have value after they're done with their usefulness? Why can't they have value as a dead animal?" said McNiel.
Proponents for horse slaughter are seemingly attacking the horse meat issue from all directions, counting on overwhelming people until attention wanes into apathy.
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