Horse Slaughter Measure Passes Oklahoma Senate

by | 03.26.2013 | 4:30pm

The Oklahoma state senate passed House Bill 1999 by a vote of 32-14 on Tuesday, sending the legislation to Gov. Mary Fallin's desk for approval.

The controversial bill would legalize horse slaughter in the state for export and consumption abroad. Supporters of the bill said it was an issue of private property rights, while critics raised concerns about the practice of slaughter itself.

Gov. Fallin has publicly expressed her support of the bill and is expected to sign it.

Read more at Tulsa World

  • S

    Way to go Oklahoma!

    • giftoffaith

      . I don’t live there but I feel ashamed. What is wrong with people? Maybe we are looking at this two different ways?

  • La Paloma

    very sad day for Oklahoma

  • Knowitall

    Wish OK would secede with Texas.

    • Valanne

      Nooo…we got just like we want it… I’m for giving Texas back to Mexico

  • Beachy


  • Pony Pepperoni

    Disappointing indeed

  • nu-fan

    There were 14 who voted to oppose this bill. So, that means that there are 14 elected officials who have a conscience, and high values and standards. Perhaps, those 14 can sway the governor to also oppose this measure. But, I also wonder if the governor is assuming that the federal bill will pass and make this bill a moot point. In the meantime, she gets a gold star next to her name with those who have vested interests, in that state, for allowing horse slaughtering to resume. May the residents of OK remember how this vote went down–and, oust those 32 plus the governor during the next elections! And, now, it is time for the rest of us to start actively supporting the federal bill that Senator Graham and the three other senators have introduced. It is also a good time for all Republicans to let the National Republican Party know what they think of these Republican officials (Gov. Fallin, Sen. Fields and Rep. McNeil) of their party. Can they afford to lose any more of their members?

    • ziggypop

      Or at lwast 14 who actually listened to those who voted them into office. And in this case, those 14 actually represented their constituents.

      • nu-fan

        The 14 who opposed this bill are listed in the Tulsa World article. Pehaps, all of us should take a few minutes to thank them for their stand. I was glad to see some Republicans mixed in with Democrats on this opposition. It wasn’t just one party responsible for the bill passing, although the two senators who introduced this bill are Republicans as is the governor. Now, it is time for all of us to do more than just voice our opinions on this and other websites and, instead, play an active role in that federal bill. That, too, is a bi-partisan bill.

  • Old Horse Lover

    The pro slaughter folks there started ranting about outsiders telling them what to do.About if not passing this bill they would lose their guns,right to hunt and farm etc.It ened up a campaign about other issues and scare tactics that got this passed.All of you who love horses and abhor slaughter please push your Congress men to pass the anti slaughter and transportation to slaughter bills now in the Ag committee.

    • nu-fan

      And, in addition to each of us voicing our support of this new federal bill, I think it is important to also let those whose business may be harmed (if horsemeat is found co-mingled in beef) know that they also have a fiduciary responsibility to make certain that their businesses and shareholders will not be harmed. They have a lot more money and are far more connected to the elected officials than those of us, separately, have. Send a message to each fast food corporation, the grocers’ association, and major retailers of food products. Money talks. Always has. Always will.

      • ziggypop

        Did you see where they found meat in kabobs and cannot identify what it is? They know it is not beef, horse, burro, pork, chicken, or turkey. And in the beef and chicken, they found hearts and blood only.

        • nu-fan

          Where did they find this? What retailer or brand?

          • ziggypop

            It was in Europe I believe. But there are tons, like 75 tons of horsemeat that did enter the US over the past six months, via Houston’s port from MX that the USDA has not revealed where it is and where it went.

  • Okay, guys, looks like we are gonna lose this battle so what do we do next? Let’s work on microchipping, so stolen horses don’t get slaughtered (required slaughter houses to check), start working on humane shipping, humane slaughter (somebody needs a better way to deal with the flight response), Do this until you can get it stopped. Or, better yet, put your money were your mouths are and start buying all the unwanted horses at auction and housing and feeding them for 20 years. What say you all?

    • Valanne


  • ziggypop

    Oklahomans do not want horse slaughter in their communities nor state. Than why have their legislators rammed it through anyway?

  • Chris

    This is what you get when your state is overloaded with Republican leadership, and one of them, Skye McNiel, sponsored the House side of this bill and has family that owns one of the biggest livestock auction houses in the state. What is even sicker is that these bills say the horses have to be sold through an auction house, but it doesn’t address HOW these poor animals will be killed “humanely”. It is disgusting, embarrassing, and shows that a lot of horse owners are only concerned about making a few extra bucks. The Oklahoma Farm Bureau supported this, and a lot of money from a Davenport, IA group called “Save the Harvest” has spent a lot of money on radio ads saying that out of state liberal activists are the only ones opposed to “humane horse processing”.

  • So. 14 get reelected There was a huge public out cry against this bill.

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