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Bill lets Oklahoma counties decide horse slaughter

Published: February 19, 2014
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state senator is making a last-ditch plea for his bill that would require county voters to first approve any horse slaughtering facility before it could open.

Lawton Democratic state Sen. Randy Bass said Wednesday he’s concerned about the possibility of a horse slaughter facility opening near the Oklahoma City Stockyards.

The Oklahoma Legislature last year ended the state’s 50-year ban on the slaughter of horses for human consumption, paving the way for such a facility to open in Oklahoma. Gov. Mary Fallin signed the bill despite fierce opposition from animal rights groups.

Bass’ bill would send to a vote of the people a proposal to require voters in individual counties to first approve any horse slaughtering facility.

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Senate Joint Resolution 66: http://bit.ly/1fzIg3a