The state of Oklahoma has lifted the 50-year-ban on horse slaughtering. Oklahoma’s governor has signed a new law that permits horse slaughtering and exporting horse meat.
The supporters of the new law argue that it will be a humane alternative to abandoned and starving horses in rural parts of the state. The government also pointed out the fact that horses are already shipped out to countries like Mexico for slaughtering where it is legal.
The US Department of Agriculture report shows that, more than 166,000 horses were sent to Canada and Mexico last year alone.
According to the governor of Oklahoma, animal abuse is common among horses that are reaching the end of their natural lives. And, it is difficult to take care of these animals. This also leads to the inhumane slaughter of animals in foreign countries.
Though the law permits horse slaughtering in the country, it strictly prohibits the selling of horse meat for human consumption in the US.
The bill has received bipartisan support and was approved by both the state House and Senate. It was also supported by several agriculture organizations such as American Farmers, Oklahoma Farm Bureau and the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association.
But animal activists have been fighting hard against this new law. Apart from animal welfare concerns, horse meat could create a big threat to human health, because domesticated horses are often treated with drugs and medications.