Oklahoma: Governor Likely to Back Slaughter Bill

by | 03.26.2013 | 8:45am

The controversial bill currently moving through the Oklahoma state legislature that would legalize horse slaughter has the support of Gov. Mary Fallin.

According to a report in Tulsa World, Fallin's office has been receiving “thousands of calls on the issue,” mostly opposed to equine slaughter. However, the majority of those calls are coming from outside the state.

The measure, which is House Bill 1999, would strike down the ban on horse slaughter in the state, but would continue to prohibit the sale of horse meat for domestic consumption.

Speaking after an appearance at the Oklahoma Youth Expo, Fallin said: “It is important that we have a humane way to be able to take care of abandoned horses and those that are getting older and that have been turned out and abandoned in our state. We're glad we've been able to see some legislation going through that will help address that issue.”

Read more at Tulsa World

  • Its all about the $$$…”Kick Back City” all over this Nation…

    • Guest

      Yes it is about the $$$–which makes it political. Big Beef and Big Ag run things in OK. They are not going to let go of the “Cash Cow” ooops, I mean “Cash Horse” here.

      • A bunch of them need to be locked up…Self serving Crooks…Period…

  • Roisin

    It says a lot about where our society is headed when these bills were successfully “pushed ” through at lightning speed. Meanwhile the proponents continue to misrepresent their true agenda to the media and public.

    • blackcatlover

      They are “pushed through at lightning speed” and then take forever to change.

  • ziggypop

    And yet the thoroughbred industry says nothing about the horror of slaughter and stopping it. it is now complicit and culpable to the torture of the very creature they claim great love and affection.

    The hypocrisy is not going unnoticed to the outside world. Another nail in the coffin.

    • Roisin

      I agree. Now the Thoroughbred industry can continue overbreeding, and sending the rejects, the spent broodmares, the washed-up lowlevel claimers, etc to slaughter. There are some in the business who care about their horses but many who want a disposal system while they look the other way.

      Shame on those hardboiled proponents as well as those buying into the fallacious propaganda of a “humane end for the abandoned , the starving the old and the crippled horse”

  • circusticket

    I hope the Europeans catch on fast, that they’ll be getting bute laden old horses and boycott American horse meat.

  • In Tears

    It is should make no difference what state people call from trying to oppose horse slaughter. It stands to reason horses will be cramed into live stock trailers and stock trains then shipped in a long hot inhmane ride with no food or water across country to slaughter. This will include horses stolen and sold for money mostly by people with drug habits ect. Their owner has little to no chance to recover their horse unless a system is put in place to hold horses while rescue groups search for a stolen horse. You know what I am talking about the great hunter, nice pleasure or trail horse and a childs pony well taken care of and fat which is what slaughter auctions. They don’t want to spent money and time to fatten a animal for slaughter. Just so heart breaking and plain awful

  • giftoffaith

    I can only say horse slaughter is horrific to the horse, I just can not imagine how anyone can begin to call it humane. This bill is very disturbing to me. I’m afraid it is going to open a flood gate.
    Come on all of you good guys in Oklahoma, speak up for these beautiful creatures who have no voice.
    I still believe we can come up with a humane solution to the over population of horses, this just seems to be the easy way out and somebody puts a few dollars in their pockets from the traumatic death of a horse.

  • Richard C

    Hmmm…the governor talks about “turned out” and “abandoned” — the same justifications that can be found in another sordid setting throughout Edwin Black’s “War Against The Weak”.

  • AngelaFromAbilene

    Slaughtering a horse is not any different than slaughtering cattle, hogs, chickens, etc. None of it is pretty and there is little “humane” in any part of the killing process. If you people are going to get in a tizzy over horse slaughter, how ’bout you take a look at how your beef is slaughtered & processed.
    How many of you have ever even been in a slaughter house? Equine or other? I have. I’ve been in BelTex (horse) in Ft. Worth, I’ve been into SA Packers (cattle) in San Angelo. I’ve also been in both horse and cattle slaughterhouses in Mexico. None are pretty, fun places where you want to go spend the day. But Mexico is exceptionally brutal. No animal should have to suffer what awaits there. I would MUCH rather see it done HERE, in this country where it is regulated.

    Additionally, horses are LIVESTOCK. If you choose to look at your horse as a “companion” animal, that’s entirely up to you. But the fact remains, they are livestock and personal property. And as much as “you” don’t like it, unless it’s your horse, it’s really none of your business.

    • Roisin

      You lost me with your statement of “none of your business”…my goodness I would hope your thinking is not that warped.

      • AngelaFromAbilene

        No, my thinking is not in the least bit warped. You see, I live in the real world. And the real world is not all sunshine and rainbows.
        The reality is horse slaughter is going to happen. Somewhere, somehow. I would much rather see it here in the US where it can be regulated. Have you ever stood in the Juarez slaughter house and listened to the agonizing screams of a horse repeatedly being stabbed in the back & neck?
        If you want to talk about warped thinking, I submit it’s all thje “do-gooders” who have relgated the unwanted horses to Canada & Mexico that have warped thinking!

        • Roisin

          So sorry but again you lose me when you use the cliche “do-goodres”. I also believe I live in the real world which in many instances could stand improvement. I have been in abittoirs in Europe and this country so you really do not have the monoply on that kind of experience. I have never visited Mexico.

          And I suppose you are aware of how poorly our existing abittoirs adhere to regulations. The instances of violations and animal abuses are well documented by 3rd parties and not the regulators. Plus, most of the regulations that are in place are there because of your so called “do-gooders” such as those concerning downed animals, etc. Workers at an abittoir in WA state complained because they were being forced to skin the animals while they were still alive in order to keep the kill line moving…I guess time is money in the kill business.

          You also may be aware of the violations by Valley Meats in NM which resulted in the abittoir being closed. The same organization is set to open as a horse slaughter operation. As one of the owners, Rick de lo Santos said he wants to “tap into” the horse meat market. I’m not sure however where that market will be in the future, perhaps you are ?

          And concerning markets for meat, you may be aware of China, Tiawan and Europe refusing to import pork from the US because of the widespread use of the drug Ractopamine which is used to bulk the animals up and yield more meat . It is given right up to the time of slaughter. There are many considerations concerning markets and profits for meat as I’ m sure you know. Lets not forget the debacle of Bovine Spongeform Encephalopathy
          ( mad cow disease) and the issues with was in the cattle feed….. Now I guess it is a no – no to turn herbavores into carnivores or cannibals as was the problem with the cattle feed. Sometimes it takes a while for problems that result from the our bad decisions to surface. The “real world” can always stand improvement. I do hope we learn from our mistakes , don’t you ?

        • Chris

          This legislation in Oklahoma doesn’t even address how horses will be slaughtered, it isn’t mentioned. The only thing these horses will have, at least the local ones and not the ones shipped from Davenport, IA, is they will have a shorter ride. They still will suffer a death from 2 or 3 strikes of the bolt and hopefully they will be dead before they hang them up and start processing them. Or maybe they will have their throats slit. It’s all the same and not humane.

    • S

      Well said Angela!

    • circusticket

      What you forget about the real world, is that horses here are not raised for human consumption and therefore not regulated as are cows, pigs, etc. Many of our horses are full of bute, a known carcinogen, not to be used in animals intended for human consumption. I am not necessarily against horse slaughter, but I’m against the slaughter of horses that were raised for other purposes, horses who were trained by humans, learned to trust them, and POW, have the trust destroy them in the end. If you are in favor of horse slaughter, then we need to start raising horses for food and have it regulated so that it is safe to eat. We don’t have that now so, really, we don’t have any horses in the US that are suitable to eat. Follow the logic?

  • J and R

    Governor Fallin, where are the stats to back your claim of so many abandoned horses in OK that require the drastic measure of opening an abittoir to solve the problem ? There must be an endless supply of abandoned horses and those that are getting older in OK in order to justify such an expensive and extreme measure. Further, from what you said , it sounds like the abittoir is just to “help” OK horses. Is that right ?

    And Governor you know slaughter is never humane. If you really think so I suggest you watch the ugly process . Perhaps then you may want to tell the truth about what this is all about : A bill to accomodate special interest groups with the money and power to get what they want and profit directly or inderectly form the slaughter. You know. Governor, there are always unintended consequences to deal with so I would think those possibilities have been considered ?

  • harry

    How can a Governor advocate slaughtering horses with a clear conscious.Anti-advocates of slaughter houses must stick together. If legalized in Oklahoma all fans must BOYCOTT ALL HORSE RACING IN STATES OF OKLAHOMA and NEW MEXICO. The citizens of both of these states its time for both Governors to be REPLACED. I still have not heard any comments from owners of all tracks in OKLAHOMA or NEW MEXICO saying they opposed slaughter houses of horses. Sad so sad!! When you wager DON”T WAGER ON OKLAHOMA OR NEW MEXICO RACING. It simply cannot be business as usual. When you do wager in these two states you are saying in essence that you approve slaughter of horses is such a vile,barbaric and inhumane slow slow death.

  • For those of you who, like broken records, keep asking what the difference is between slaughtering horses and other animals, let me say it one more time–WE DON’T EAT HORSEMEAT IN AMERICA. We need to organize in huge groups to protest. I’m in shock that this issue has returned–it really is hard to defeat pure evil.

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