Ethically Challenged Politicians Fast Track Horse Butchering Legislation
OKLAHOMA CITY – Two separate bills to end Oklahoma’s ban on the slaughter of companion horses slid with slimy ease through the state House and Senate, yesterday.
The state Senate passed a bill 38-6 Wednesday, while the House measure was approved on an 82-14 vote.
Senate Bill 375 and House Bill 1999 repeal the section of Oklahoma law prohibiting the slaughter of horses for human consumption. With their passage, drug tainted horse meat could now be produced and packaged in Oklahoma, only if it is to be exported internationally, only if the horses are sold through a livestock auction and purchased by a livestock dealer and only if it is federally inspected which is what closed down the three remaining slaughter plants in 2007.
The sponsor of the House measure, Rep. Skye McNiel, has strong family times to a known slaughter livestock auction and is being pursued on conflict of interest and ethics charges by equine advocates. The Bristow Republican said the sale of known carcinogenic horse meat for consumption in the United States would still be banned, but that it could be sent overseas to poison foreigners.
Opponents point to the fact that 80% of Americans are against butchering horses and say that a slaughtering plant is no humane way to dispose of a horse and that the bills are being fast-tracked through the Legislature before opposition mounts, which it is. Likewise, with the bulk of the BLM long term holding facilities for captured and condemned wild horses residing in Oklahoma a scent of collusion is heavy in the air.
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