Oklahoma to permit horse slaughter and meat processing
On Friday Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed a bill permitting livestock owners to slaughter horses so their meat may be prepared and packaged. However, processing plants must still be authorized by the federal government.
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Oklahoma¬†took a step toward allowing livestock owners to slaughter horses for food on Friday when the governor signed a bill that permits the practice, but processing plants must first be authorized by the¬†federal government.
Governor¬†Mary Fallin's action legalized the slaughter of horses so that their meat may be prepared and packaged for export. But slaughterhouses must get US Department of Agriculture authorization, Fallin said.
The slaughter of horses for food had been illegal in¬†Oklahoma¬†since 1963 and was carried out only in¬†Texas¬†and¬†Illinois¬†until¬†Congress¬†stopped it in 2006. The congressional ban was lifted in 2011.
The¬†United States Humane Society¬†and animal rights activists opposed the new law in¬†Oklahoma, while livestock interests said the change preserves their private property rights and will benefit horse owners.