Horse slaughter bill goes to Oklahoma governor

Ban on Horse Meat

savanah2Oklahoma Senate approves a horse slaughter measure 32-14. /Michael McNutt | Published: March 26, 2013

The state Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would allow horse slaughter in Oklahoma, but would continue the existing ban on the sale of horse meat for consumption in the state.

The Senate voted 32-14 to pass House Bill 1999. Two senators didn’t vote.

The measure now goes to Gov. Mary Fallin, who has indicated she would sign the bill, which would overturn a 50-year-old ban on horse slaughter.

Senators discussed and debated the bill for about 45 minutes.

Sens. Al McCaffrey, D-Oklahoma City, and Constance Johnson, D-Forest Park, were among those who spoke against the measure, questioning the safety of horse meat that would be slaughtered in Oklahoma and sold for consumption in other countries.

“Why is it OK for us to approve meat that has been contaminated with injections?” she asked.

Sen. Eddie Fields, R-Wynona, the Senate sponsor of HB 1999, said horses are not to be slaughtered until 21 days after receiving their last injection so that the meat is not contaminated.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration would regulate horses being slaughtered in a horse processing plant, he said.

If a horse processing plant would come to Oklahoma, horse owners would not be forced to take them to slaughter, Fields said. The plant would give horse owners another option of what to do with their animals, which are personal property, he said.

Defeating the bill won’t end horse slaughter, Fields said. Oklahoma horses are already being slaughtered; they are being shipped to Mexico and killed in conditions that may be inhumane.

HB 1999 would revoke the state’s 1963 law banning the sale of horse meat and would end the prohibition on horse slaughtering.

McAffrey said after the vote he was disappointed.

“We as senators made a mistake,” he said.

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AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
  • Debbie Tracy

    SORRY but NO S–T, does not make a lick of sense are people really that st-pid seriously!! Scares the crap out of me and WHAT country do I live in!!! Oh my god!!!

    Really smart folks!! There will be NO horse slaughter in this Country WHOES POCKETS are being lined WHO Just absolutely SICK!!!!!

    March 26, 2013
  • Kathy

    IDIOTS! Hopefully the feds will do something better, like NOT fund the meat inspectors and push through the anti slaughter bill!

    Debbie Tracy you are correct!

    March 26, 2013
  • Daryl

    It is horrible that you 32 can’t listen to the people & what we want, you work for us,can be replaced too, hope you can sleep at night and when your Kids ask questions about the wild horses sent to slaughter how are you going to answer? WE felt this was best for the wild horses and old horese and unwanted horses to be sent to a horrible death, but honey they won’t be used for meat. You bunchs of sick SOB’s, you all have way to much power.

    March 26, 2013
  • Ricky Rogers

    Well one things is clear their representatives don’t respect at least 85% of the peoples wishes. So WE-THE-PEOPLE need to return the respect at the voting booth – Let this evil act that they have committed be the demise of 32 representatives political career come next election – Count on it!

    March 26, 2013
  • Marcia

    Sad but not really a surprise. Just about every attempt to help animals recently, whether wild horses, wolves, bison, coyotes, squirrels, etc., has been defeated or ignored. The anti-animal, pro-business and pro-gun groups are on a roll.

    March 26, 2013
  • Margaret

    I think this is more disgusting than Tim Sappington. And that’s saying a lot. His video was the most vile horrible thing I’ve seen. I took his words as the threat he intended.

    Well Judge Hicks (I think it was he)found against the wild horses in 2010 with the Cloud Foundation rounding up wild horses in the dead of summer. That put me off red meat for a good 6 months. This time it could well be permanent.

    I don’t trust our government and I certainly don’t legislators who worry more about lining their own pickets than they do other humans.

    I’m somewhere between a carnivore and an omnivore. I can order sausage TVP, mix that up with veggies for a wonderful morning stir fry. It taste and has the feeling of sausage but contains no meat.

    I’m so disgusted that my tax dollars have to be used for their inspections. If Oklahoma wants a slaughterhouse then they need to do the following.

    1. Protect all wild horses and burros from slaughter.
    2. Protect all horse owners from horse theft

    March 26, 2013
    • Daryl

      I think you have a great Idea…make them pay the bill. these people keep getting their way, put the money up for it .

      March 27, 2013
  • I am so upset that this2 country is filled with elected “representatives” who are supposed to “represent” the people who elected them, yet are EASILY swayed by the minority, who see financial gain as the way to handle “business” of the land. I hope that the people of Ok. state will remember those who chose to send horses in their state to be killed. Will your Governor join the ranks of those who were “elected” as she was? What they think will be “good” for their state, no doubt will bring big problems. We show our horses at Nationals in Ok. and I am not sure that I will want to do that there. Find a different way to keep from spending money in a state that not only does not honor the life of horses but the opinion of the people.

    March 26, 2013
  • Cynthia Curtis

    Every legislative member that voted in favor of allowing horse slaughter in Oklahoma needs to spend a few hours in the slaughter plant and be up front and center with exactly what their vote will be allowing and then see if they can honestly justify this terrible process; also, the Gov.of OK. should do the same. How can they live with themselves?

    March 26, 2013
  • Lorrie Roehm

    Time to boycott Oklahoma! Money and more money has greased the hands for these votes! No morals or ethics…

    March 27, 2013
  • Dana

    This is a sad day indeed. This shows the morality of Oklahama. Once the Governor signs this bill it will open the doors across the country to follow suit. I would lve to know who the Governors campaign donors were. To approve such a bill must involve big money somewhere. I think that bills like this should NOT be allowed to be voted on or approved by anyone thy has not spent a day in a horse slaughterhouse!

    March 27, 2013
    • Daryl

      Your last commet should be what has to happen.
      It is get rid of the horses and bring in the cows….or is big money doing this, and our government is behind it 100% this is what they want.

      March 27, 2013
  • tom

    If is a sad testimony that the other day a young girl was killed on a bus by an assault rifle and we still can’t get the gun control in order but we can easily muster up enough votes to kill and slaughter the very animal who laid the foundation for early development of this country. We continue to go backwoods as long as lobylist line the pocket of elected officals who no longer care about the people they are supposed to serve.

    May 23, 2013