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Opinion

March 31, 2013

Horse slaughter legislation not the answer

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NORMAN —

I wish to thank our Representatives for their tireless efforts and service to our state. My family and I personally benefit every day from the work that our elected officials do. I realize that politicians feel compelled to accurately represent their constituency. My fear is that a significant percentage of the constituency felt that their opinions were adequately represented by the special interest groups and out-of-state entities that previously contacted our representatives to oppose horse slaughter and that they did not realize soon enough that they individually needed to make their voices heard. I did not write or call my Representatives’ offices or the Governor’s office prior to this point because I had complete confidence that the above factors would surely result in our elected officials rejecting the slaughter of horses in our state.

I do not harbor any negative feelings toward the authors of the horse slaughter bills. I respect their attempts to find a solution.

Even proposed legislation that is disagreeable has the positive result of bringing important issues to the forefront and forcing awareness of the need to address unpleasant and expensive realities. I feel that with more time and more effort, our state can achieve a more palatable solution. Let us not permit ourselves to rush into a decision that would result in an inadequate and irresponsible end to the well-meaning initial attempts to address a state problem.

Amy J. Stevens

Norman

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