Oklahoma: Bill legalizing horse slaughterhouses passes House committee

by | 02.13.2013 | 10:01am
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The Oklahoma House Public Health Committee on Tuesday passed House Bill 1999, which would legalize horse slaughterhouses in the state, according to a report by Tulsa World.

The proposal now moves on to the House floor for consideration. The Senate passed a similar bill earlier this week.

Cynthia Armstrong, Oklahoma's director of the Humane Society of the United States and a strong opponent of the legislation, said, “Not only are we destroying our reputation as the horse show capital of the world and replacing it with the dead horse capital of the world, we're also destroying our reputation as a provider of wholesome food.”

However, Rep. Skye McNiel disputed that, saying that her proposal is a humane one which is designed to deal with the growing population of horses that are being abandoned to starve.

“We need to … stay focused on the fact that we have an overpopulation of horses that have come to their end use and have a humane discussion about what we're going to do,” McNiel said.


  • Meyer1127

    Sell them at your family Auction house I guess is your answer to that huh?

  • Meyer1127

    Sell them at your family Auction house I guess is your answer to that huh?

  • Milezinni

    This “sport” is a crazy train, off it’s rails, and headed straight for a cliff!! And I, for one, am now greatly looking forward to watching it…….

    • Horserider

      what sport are you talking about?  There is far more common horses than racehorses that go to slaughter like 10 to 1.  The only reason why thoroughbreds get so much publicity is because our industry is the big carrot.  I look back at our industry and wonder why this problem has grown to this length.  It is our weak everyone loves everyone society that hurting our industry and our country. 

  • Milezinni

    This “sport” is a crazy train, off it’s rails, and headed straight for a cliff!! And I, for one, am now greatly looking forward to watching it…….

  • Horserider

    what sport are you talking about?  There is far more common horses than racehorses that go to slaughter like 10 to 1.  The only reason why thoroughbreds get so much publicity is because our industry is the big carrot.  I look back at our industry and wonder why this problem has grown to this length.  It is our weak everyone loves everyone society that hurting our industry and our country. 

  • Mando02

    Same old propaganda! Horses turned loose to starve which is and should be punishable by law! politics! Rep McNiel,how conveinant for her family! Many horse breeders have scaled back on breeding due to the rising costs of hay and grain.So much for her prediction of growing population of horses!

    A majority of horses are unfit for consumption due to the medications they receive during their lifetime and their place of origin cannot be traced.

  • Mando02

    Same old propaganda! Horses turned loose to starve which is and should be punishable by law! politics! Rep McNiel,how conveinant for her family! Many horse breeders have scaled back on breeding due to the rising costs of hay and grain.So much for her prediction of growing population of horses!

    A majority of horses are unfit for consumption due to the medications they receive during their lifetime and their place of origin cannot be traced.

  • tfly

    If McNiel thinks her proposal is humane, then let me suggest that she take a ride with the horses, from the kill auctions through the slaughter houses. 
    Someone should investigate campaign donations made to her to find out what really is going on!

  • tfly

    If McNiel thinks her proposal is humane, then let me suggest that she take a ride with the horses, from the kill auctions through the slaughter houses. 
    Someone should investigate campaign donations made to her to find out what really is going on!

  • Harrylare

     Skye McNiel should be made to witness the slaughter of horses for one day. If she still thinks it’s humane then I really feel sorry for her.

  • Harrylare

     Skye McNiel should be made to witness the slaughter of horses for one day. If she still thinks it’s humane then I really feel sorry for her.

  • To be from Oaklahoma who in the hell voted this ignorant politician in the token women don’t know chit about horses how much is she being paid off by slaughter slut sue?

  • To be from Oaklahoma who in the hell voted this ignorant politician in the token women don’t know chit about horses how much is she being paid off by slaughter slut sue?

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