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.
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