From a public relations standpoint, Oklahomans should be hesitant to become the first state to actually revive horse slaughter. Image matters. The economic impact of horse slaughter would be minimal; its effect on the state's reputation could be greater.
So far, this debate has been abstract. It's about to become concrete. Oklahomans must carefully weigh these decisions.
Meantime, we hope lawmakers devote as much effort to addressing truly important issues — like fixing our broken workers' compensation system — as they did on horse slaughter.