I was saddened to read of Rep. Skye McNiel, R-Bristow, offering House Bill 1999, proposing the slaughter of horses in Oklahoma and the sale of horse meat to European markets. In a state known as a horse show capital, it seems especially cruel to build a slaughter plant where horses can conveniently be sold as throwaway animals or a place to make quick money by irresponsible owners or horse thieves. The Texas horse slaughter plants were closed several years ago. People living in the area complained of hearing the terrified screams of horses or finding out too late their stolen horse had been killed there.
Do we want to be driving along the interstate and see all types of frightened horses, young and old, crammed into trucks with no food or water, headed for an Oklahoma slaughter plant? The animal cruelty in Oklahoma keeps growing. We don't enforce laws regulating puppy mills. This is one of the few states still allowing them.
I've kept horses and dogs for over 60 years and it's heartbreaking to see them treated so badly. We don't want a horse slaughter plant in Oklahoma.
Ann Sudik, Edmond
Sudik is a charter member of the Oklahoma Dressage Society.