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
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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.

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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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