You better wake up, Oklahoma!
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
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!
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