OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has signed legislation authorizing a horse-slaughtering facility in Oklahoma.
Fallin signed the measure into law on Friday, three days after the state Senate approved its final passage. It had previously passed the Oklahoma House.
The measure lifts a 50-year-old ban on horse slaughtering and ends the prohibition of horse-meat processing for export in Oklahoma. Forty-six states, not including Oklahoma, currently allow horse-meat processing. A Washington, OK., plant has applied to include horse slaughter in its USDA inspections.
Fallin says abuse is common among horses that are reaching the end of their natural lives and that many horses are abandoned or left to starve to death. Fallin says Oklahomans who care about the wellbeing of horses cannot be satisfied with the status quo.
An opponent of the bill, Cynthia Armstrong, says the measure will expose horses to inhumane treatment.