Opponents of Horse Slaughter Bill Rally in Oklahoma
Opponents of legalizing horse slaughter facilities in Oklahoma rallied Sunday at a ranch in Oklahoma City and spoke out against the proposed legislation at a news conference, according to a report in The Oklahoman.
There are currently two measures in front of the Oklahoma legislature regarding horse slaughter – House Bill 1999, which would allow horse slaughter, but would keep an existing ban on the sale of horse meat for consumption, and Senate Bill 375, which would revoke a 1963 law that bans the sale of horse meat for consumption.
House Bill 1999 is expected to be up for a vote in the Senate early this week, while the Oklahoma House of Representatives is expected to discuss Senate Bill 375 on Wednesday.
Those at the rally released poll results showing that the majority of Oklahomans oppose both measures that are currently in front of the legislature, according to the article. Paula Bacon attended the rally and spoke out against the proposed bills.
Bacon served as mayor of Kaufman, Texas, when a horse processing plant was operating in her community. She spoke about the possible environmental dangers of such a facility and the stigma that the state could face if a similar plant operated in Oklahoma.
“It stigmatizes your community,” she said. “Good development does not want to come there.”