Oklahoma HB 1999

Last month, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed into law House Bill 1999, which continues the existing ban on the sale of horse meat for human consumption in the state but allows regulated horse slaughter under certain conditions.  The new law reverses the state’s 50-year old ban on horse slaughter for human consumption.

In 2007, a combination of legislation and court decisions led to the closing of the last remaining horse processing plants in Texas and Illinois.  Last year Congress passed legislation that did not specifically deny the USDA funding to carry out inspections and as a result, plant developments have been proposed in several states.

In a written statement, Governor Fallin said she signed the legislation in part due to the neglect of aged horses and the shipping of animals to foreign plants for slaughter “where they are processed in potentially inhumane conditions that are not regulated by the U.S. Government.”  She added, “Those of us who care about the wellbeing of horses cannot be satisfied with a status quo that encourages abuse and neglect, or that rewards the potentially inhumane slaughter of animals in foreign countries.”

What are your thoughts on this issue?

4 thoughts on “Oklahoma HB 1999

  1. Good on Gov. Fallin. When the so-called Humane Society of the US managed to convince lawmakers to close all US horse slaughter plants, the door was open for all kinds of abuse. People abandoned sick and old horses for lack of humane ways to put them down. HSUS’s action forced those poor horses to endure long truck rides into Mexico, to be killed in less than humane ways. It is about time someone realized that America’s horses deserve a kinder end than what is happening now.

    • Agreed, Dorothy. I do not understand the thinking of these so-called “Humane Societies” (when you research ones such as the HSUS, they do not own or operate ONE pet shelter in the entire country, so why does anyone take what they have to say as gospel?). If these groups are truly concerned about neglect or abuse of any animal, not just horses, why do they then try to convince lawmakers to pass laws that will make it worse for the poor animals? Which is better, a humane end to an old or sick animal’s life, or death from starvation, thirst or predators? We need more lawmakers like Gov Fallin.

    It’s about time legislators started seeing the horrible deaths and abuse our old, tired and sick horses have had to endure across the country with the closing of our processing plants. There is no reason this country should not have humane facilities to end the suffering of these wonderful creatures.

  3. Whilst I am opposed to eating any kind of meat, I understand why Governor Phallin wants the horses to be slaughtered locally. It is sickening to think of the abuse these poor creatures go through when transported to a Canadian or Mexican slaughterhouse. They are not built to cope with the size & anatomy of a horse. Temple Grandin will confirm this.