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March 16, 2013

Oklahoma Meat Company applies for horse slaughter permit

NORMAN — A Washington, Okla., company is one of a handful of U.S. companies that have applied for federal inspection of a horse slaughtering operation.

A copy of a May 24, 2012 “application extension” permit applied for Oklahoma Meat Company, 27191 St. Highway 74 lists “equine” as among the animals to be slaughtered when inspecting is inaugurated. The permitting authority is the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Food Safety News said the other applicants for horse slaughter inspection permits are in Larkspur, Colo., Roswell, N.M., Gallatin, Mo., Woodbury, Tenn., and Sigourney, Iowa.

Calls to the Washington company on Friday afternoon were not answered. Ahsan Amil is listed as the applicant on the USDA form. The company also checked beef, sheep and goats on its application.

Oklahoma lawmakers are considering two legislative bills on horse slaughter. A federal ban on horse slaughter expired in 2011. The last U.S. domestic horse slaughter plant closed down in 2007 and the last one to operate in Oklahoma was in 1963.

Rep. Skye McNiel, a Bristow Republican, authored a plan that would allow horses to be slaughtered in state, but would require the meat to be sold elsewhere. Both her version and a similar bill were overwhelmingly passed by their respective chambers. Federal officials are reportedly negotiating for an extension of the horse slaughter ban.

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