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Humane Society lobbies Oklahoma lawmakers to reject slaughterhouse bills

About 100 advocates for animal rights spent Thursday at the Oklahoma State Capitol trying to persuade legislators that horse slaughterhouses are a bad deal for Oklahoma.
by William Crum Published: March 8, 2013

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.

by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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