You better wake up, Oklahoma!

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Oklahoma's future?

Oklahoma’s future?

This week, the Oklahoma legislature will do its best to pass bills that will bring horse slaughter back to the good, old USA.

Senate Bill 375 (SB375) will be heard Monday afternoon in the Oklahoma Agricultural Committee. Written by Sen. Mark Allen, the bill would revoke the state’s 1963 law banning the sale of horse meat.

House Bill 1999 (HB1999), written by Rep. Skye McNiel, would allow horse slaughter but would continue the existing ban on the sale of horse meat for consumption in the state. The meat would be exported to European countries.

If you haven’t followed the story too closely, read the article in the Tulsa World, “Measure would legalize Horse Slaughter in Oklahoma”  and read, once again, Vickery Eckhoff’s excellent article in Forbes, “Five Reasons Why Tesco’s Horse Meat Scandal Could Happen Here.” 

Beyond doing that, post your comments on the article’s page, not on this site. The media needs to see the type of response they can expect from the public – meaning you.

The supporters of these bills have strong financial ties to the meat industry, as is always the case. Bringing slaughter back to the US would translate to strong profits. Rep. McNeil’s family owns Mid-America Livestock. Their website says it all, “Mid America averages 1100 cattle weekly with buyers from 5 to 7 states being represented. An average of 350 horses are auctioned off monthly….”  

There is zero concern for the health of the consumer. “Bute in horsemeat” means nothing, nor do the antibiotics, wormers or the entire list of drugs horses receive. Dead horses means money. To them, that’s the only bottom line. For an in-depth look at the driving forces behind horse slaughter, read our extensive reports.

If you know of anyone in Oklahoma that is opposed to horse slaughter, it’s almost too late for them to start screaming about this, but as constituents, they must, and they must do it now.

Ask them to contact the Chair of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee in Oklahoma. He has the power to decide whether to hear SB375 or not.

Senator Eddie Fields
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Rm. 416
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 521-5581
efields@oksenate.gov

Executive Assistant: Betsy Ingraham (When you call, ask to speak with her.)

On this “SignOn.org” site is a petition with a list of names and contact numbers. If you don’t live in Oklahoma, they probably won’t listen to you.

For the rest of us, it’s time to tweet and Facebook till our fingers are bleeding. Refer to this story, also, “Oklahoma’s Mystery Meat.”

This is corruption at its worst – legislators promoting bills in which they have a strong financial interest. We’re not talking about bills to build bridges so a contractor buddy can make some money. This is about the lives of our horses. These people just don’t get it. They will never understand compassion, nor will they will ever understand economics except for what fits in their own pockets.

Are you listening, Oklahoma?

Eighty percent of the population of the US is against what you are trying to do, but you’re allowing your own elected Representative to push a bill through so her family can make blood money. Politics at its worst.

Time to get busy, America. Let Oklahoma know what we REALLY think!

 




AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
9 Comments
  • Tami Louk

    Horse Slaghter is outrages wake up people…………

    February 11, 2013
  • Rita E. McKenzie

    STOP THE SLAUGHTER!!! The Wild Horses have more right to be/ live there than any mans livestock. Let the horses live and be FREE.
    Please continue to ban the sale of horse meat!!!

    February 11, 2013
  • janwindsong

    And don’t forget anyone that so many of the long term facilities for BLM are in Oaklahoma! Please stop this

    February 11, 2013
  • Oklahoma,

    This will be a scourge upon your state. Let your legislators know that that you will not tolerate this legislation to pass just to line their pockets.

    February 11, 2013
  • Ann Raeside

    As an Oklahoman I have been following this and have been making my voice heard and that is a very strong NOOOOOOOO!!

    February 11, 2013
  • Krissy

    I am absolutely disgusted that this is even a consideration!!

    February 15, 2013
  • Sally Gragg

    I cannot believe that my state govt. has come to this.I am a voting REPUBLICAN , born here 73 yrs. ago. I am so ashamed of what is happening with our elected officals trying to make a buck off of killing HORSES. I live on a working cattle ranch and own 2 horses. Please don’t do this.

    February 17, 2013
  • stacey

    stop the horse slaughter.it is wrong.horses are not meant to be food.for the owners of the horses they should send their horse to a rescue society not the slaughter plant.im outraged that this bill could pas.im a Canadian and up here we don’t do that.we have compassion for horses

    February 21, 2013