Horse slaughter will soon be a reality in the state of Oklahoma. On Friday, Governor Mary Fallin signed a new law that will allow the animals to be slaughtered, processed and exported all from within the state. The bill, however, prohibits horse meat from being sold in the USA.
According to Huffington Post, the new law hopes to address the large number of starving and abandoned horses within the state as well as the fact that horses set for slaughter are being shipped to Mexico where horse slaughter is legal.
Governor Fallin said about the controversial law, ”In Oklahoma, as in other states, abuse is tragically common among horses that are reaching the end of their natural lives. Those of us who care about the wellbeing of horses – and we all should – cannot be satisfied with a status quo that encourages abuse and neglect, or that rewards the potentially inhumane slaughter of animals in foreign countries.”
Animal activists have been fighting the new law, sadly without success. Cynthia Armstrong, the Oklahoma state director for the Humane Society of the United States, said in response, “It’s a very sad day for Oklahoma and the welfare of the horses that will be exposed to a facility like this. It’s very regrettable.”
It appears that instead of creating programs to help the abandoned horses in the state of Oklahoma, they are seeking to create a money making industry to profit from the sad fate of these horses. The bill received bipartisan support and easily passed in both the State House and the Senate.
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