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February 21, 2014

Counties should have a say

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

I’m concerned about an issue that is facing us here in Cleveland County and, therefore, Norman. There is a move to establish horse slaughter plants in Oklahoma, perhaps Cleveland County.

As a longtime member of this community, I am very concerned about this issue. What do horse slaughter plants bring? Crime, environmental destruction, contaminated water and a long list of other problems.

This is why I support Senate Joint Resolution 66 (SJR 66), which would require any proposed horse slaughter facility to be approved by a majority of voters in the county where the facility is to be located before the plant could operate.

Oklahomans do not support horse slaughter, with more than 72 percent of voters opposing the location of such a plan in their community. These plants have a devastating effect on communities and the economy. Water will be polluted, rancid fumes will fill the air and property values will go down.

The environmental impacts of horse slaughter are monumental and our communities cannot afford the damage that can be sustained once a horse slaughter plant is in operation. These plants don’t bring economic prosperity; they create a negative stigma that will all but halt economic growth.

Opening horse slaughter plants in Oklahoma is a bad idea for so many reasons. I, for one, do not want to see our communities or our horses suffer. Please join me in contacting our state senators to ask them to support SJR 66 so that Oklahomans have a voice within their communities.



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