Oklahoma House committee rejects proposal to legalize 'destroying' pets with firearms

Rep. Steve Martin, R-Bartlesville, introduced a bill in the Oklahoma House with changes to animal cruelty statues that would allow a resident to “dispose” of an animal he or she owns by shooting it to death.
by Heather Warlick Modified: February 25, 2014 at 9:48 pm •  Published: February 25, 2014

Oklahoma law doesn’t allow animal shelters to use firearms to euthanize animals. Instead, they use chemical injections or carbon monoxide gas.

“I think (killing an animal by shooting) is as humane as taking them to a vet and having a needle put in their vein and being put to sleep,” Martin said.

“There are people in your family who have done that with a firearm. And I don’t know who it is, whether it’s your uncle or your grandfather; someone in your family has done this.”

Many animal rights advocates and other groups opposed the bill.

“What if somebody tries to shoot an animal with a gun and kill it with one shot but they miss, or the animal moves?” said Cynthia Armstrong, Oklahoma state director of The Humane Society of The United States. “Then, we have an injured animal running lose. You’ve got a maimed animal running around without any care.”

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by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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