Overbreeding and unintentional breeding, and demand created by “kill buyers” who truck horses out of the country for slaughter, largely are responsible for overpopulation of horses, she said.
Owners should take responsibility for the cost of euthanizing horses when the time comes so that they can die “quietly, peacefully and with some dignity,” said Armstrong, a horse owner herself.
“The solution to the problem lies with the people who are creating the problem,” she said.
Two bills before the Legislature would open the way for horse slaughterhouses — HB1999 authored by Republican Rep. Skye McNiel, of Bristow, and SB375 authored by Republican Sen. Mark Allen, of Spiro.
Proponents of the legislation say conditions at domestic horse slaughter facilities would be better than those present in Mexican slaughterhouses that often process U.S. horses.
Oklahoma banned the sale of horse meat, putting an end to horse slaughtering, in 1963.