An Oklahoma House committee rejected a bill Tuesday that would have made exemptions to Oklahoma’s animal cruelty laws to allow people to “dispose” of animals they own by shooting them to death.
The bill, House Bill 2613, was rejected in the House Judiciary Committee, 8-4.
State Rep. Steve Martin, R-Bartlesville, introduced the bill.
“Euthanizing your own animal with a firearm in Oklahoma is done all the time,” Martin said. “People have animals that, for one reason or another, they’re either sick or old or for some reason not suitable to go to a new home, and it is as painless to euthanize an animal with a firearm, if it’s done humanely, as any other method.”
Currently, it is against the law to shoot your animal.
Martin’s proposal would have created a caveat in the law for animal owners who are “humanely destroying or causing to be humanely destroyed said animal by use of a firearm.”
It is legal to kill animals covered by the bill only in self defense or if they are threatening livestock.