Horse Slaughtering Plant Closer To Approval

Two separate bills to end Oklahoma's ban on the slaughter of horses for human consumption have sailed through the House and Senate.

The Senate passed a bill 38-6 on Wednesday, while the House measure was approved 82-14.

Rep. Skye McNeil (R-Bristow) sponsored the House measure and says the bill would allow a horse slaughtering plant to open in the state and provide a humane option for unwanted, aging horses.

The sale of horse meat for consumption in the United States is banned, but it can be sent overseas.

Opponents say a slaughtering plant is not a humane way to dispose of a horse and that the bills are being fast-tracked through the Legislature before opposition mounts.