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March 19, 2013

Senate ag committee supports horse slaughter bill

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NORMAN —

McNiel and other supporting legislators dismiss any allegation that this will be a method to market horse meat for human consumption.

State Rep. Don Armes, R-Faxon, said, opponents of the bill are misinformed.

“We don’t even want to eat horse meat; that’s what the opposition  wants you to believe.”

The pending legislation provides that horse meat would not be eligible for consumption in Oklahoma or anywhere else in the United States.

Armes noted that several European countries already partake of horse meat, and this would be a viable market for Oklahomans needing to dispose of their  horses here, rather than in a foreign country.

Opponents of the bill said they fear that Senator Fields will try to rush the bill through, even later this week, on the floor of the Senate.

Fields said that will not be the case. The bill will get the usual consideration, including addition of any amendments. He said the measure won’t be rushed through the Senate, although thus far it appears likely that it will win final passage in both houses of the Legislature.

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