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March 8, 2013

Say no to horse slaughter

NORMAN — Legislation to allow horse slaughtering is making its way through the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

A local lawmaker says he has had many calls opposed to the process, but few of them are from his constituents. Many national animal protection groups rallied at the state Capitol on Thursday for “Humane Lobby Day.”

The bills, HB 1999 and HB 1359, keeps in place a ban on the sale of horse meat for human consumption in the state, but it would allow horse meat to be exported to other states and countries for consumption.

Oklahoma, known to many as horse country, would not seem a logical place for slaughter, but many horses are purchased here for just such a purpose in other states.

We don’t think such a practice should be allowed and lawmakers should dispense of the legislation and move on.

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