Oklahoma to allow horses to be slaughtered for meat (Video)

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - 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 U.S. 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.

Fallin said horse slaughterhouses in Oklahoma would use more humane practices than those in Mexico because they would be inspected by federal authorities.

Horsemeat was at the center of a scandal that erupted in Europe in January, when testing in Ireland revealed that some beef products also contained equine DNA.

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.



Responses to "Oklahoma Governor Signs Horse Slaughter Legislation"

  1. Unknown says:

    Stop this insanity

  2. Lara says:

    this is sick :'(

  3. Anonymous says:


  4. Unknown says:

    THIS IS JUST WRONG ON SO MANY LEVELS. Are we next going to approve Cannibalism because the tribes in New Guinea do? Just not right.I'm so upset that I can't think

  5. Unknown says:

    This is sad and pathetic and disturbing ,,,,,,

  6. Anonymous says:

    People need to stop this, it's just WRONG! For export, what the hell, not to export, not for the US, leave the horses alone!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    This is absolutely Horrible !!!! Makes my heart break Please someone stop this !

  8. sharon: says:

    What a scumbag it is always for the all mighty dollar, when ever money come into play it is a ok to do what ever they want.I think these money hunger fools need to be removed of there offices they are blind sided to everything when money comes into play well ever one will pay when they die and then have to stand before god.Remember ever knee will bend and every tongue will confess no more lie you will tell the truth as you get ready to go to your finally place to live for ever.your to take care of the beast of burden and that don't mean killing animals for money. Everybody will pay for there shady ways:

  9. Anonymous says:

    This is wrong and it's legislation like this that makes me ashamed to be an American. Politicians, stop the insanity!

  10. Anonymous says:

    WHO do you think that YOU are GOD I don't think so mister, are you even human??? I guess NOT because GOD created animals before He created man. When you die you will have to go in front of GOD & answer to this IDIOTATIC behavior of yours & others here on Earth that are distroying God's creations. those horses where here on this planet long before you ever were born.

  11. Anonymous says:

    This is so wrong..!!!..this breaks my heart sad day indeed for horse and animals lovers everywhere whats next on the list for humans to slaughter ....!!!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Are you f--king kidding!!! What's next? Slaughter of cats and dogs or perhaps small children? You're not God to determine who lives and who dies; and for what - food in the third world countries? I'm so tired of the idiots in the White House and Legislature who think they can get away with whatever they "think" will benefit mankind. We enjoy our wild life as pets and beauty, not food.

  13. sharon says:

    So now that I have had a chance to think about this,is this what your saying as long as the rancher has the horses on his ranch they can kill them right. Which means the can go out and round up horses and drive them back to there ranch and then they can kill them and sell them.So this is just a round about way to go out and kill wild horses and get away with it right.I hope you dirty bastards burn in hell.And to my understanding of the bible you will.So it is nice to know where your going to spend your after life:

  14. Anonymous says:

    This is the most disgusting thing I have ever heard how can you take such a beautiful animal and even think of doing this sickening in humane killing to be done someone has a very sick way of thinking and to be eaten omg I cant even imagine eating this animal what is wrong with people who think these things so wrong would you kill your family dog to eat ???? seriously someone has a sick mind

  15. Anonymous says:

    Anything to make a buck! I say vote her out of office! What a shame just so some rich people can eat a poor helpless horse.

  16. Anonymous says:

    This is just horrible!!! There is enough other kinds of meat to eat, other than these beautiful gentle creatures...Who should be living the rest of their lives FREE!!!

  17. Anonymous says:

    This is horrible!
    It must be stopped by any means necessary!
    Dee Ko,Moswetuset

  18. Anonymous says:

    this can't be happening in our country how disturbing and disgusting people are becoming please how can we stop this????????

  19. Anonymous says:

    horse rescues are over loaded with horses ! step-up and adopt two or three. And don't forget the thousand of dollars per horse it cost to keep one properly. Then there would be no need for horse slaughter !

  20. Anonymous says:

    This is completely unacceptable. You should be ashamed of yourself. Not only is this inhumane, but horse meat is not fit for human consumption anywhere in the world. Do your research and get out of the pocket of those who only have an interest in making money by slaughter. Do what's right so you can sleep at night.

  21. Anonymous says:

    what is he crazy. stop this insanity at once.

  22. Anonymous says:

    What is their malfunction? Don't they know that most of the diseases man suffers from are connected to the eating of animal meat! That's just the medical part. The more important issue is the one that all the religious devout seem to forget" Though shalt not kill" Nowhere does it say though shalt kill everything but humans. Anyone out there that can save these horses from the primitive people that seem to think that yet another intelligent animal should be assassinated for food, for people that are already unhealthy due to eating too much meat!! Go on a fast for 6 months and recover your humanity and compassion!!

  23. Anonymous says:

    Eating a horse is no morally different than eating a cow, pig, chicken, lamb, goat, etc.

  24. Ruth DiStasio says:

    Monstrous absolutely monstrous. We owe so very much to the HORSE. We might still dwell in caves if it wasn't for this noble Friend.

  25. Anonymous says:

    be a cold in hell befor you eat my horse

  26. Anonymous says:

    are you monstrouse,inhumame,goverment slime,or just not caring....make your money on your ass for slaughter...

  27. cmberman says:

    The only reason a horse should be put to death is age or illness. Slaughter for food, whether exported or not, is not a humane action. The American Indians know better, so why don't Americans.

  28. Anonymous says:

    I wish someone would march that governor into a slaughterhouse and turn her ass into ground meat.

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  31. Unknown says:

    instead of moving forward we are moving backwards --making our horses pay for what we did wrong by allowing all of our companies to move out of the us to foreign lands what a shame we have become

  32. Anonymous says:

    NO NO NO NO I cannot belive this...what is he thinking??? This is painful to my heart to think of the terror and panic and PAIN what is God's name can be good about this. Horses are spirits of old...they have a great conciousness and a deep symbiosis to the earth. How macabre and despicable. How can we stop this???? I am distraught.

  33. Anonymous says:

    Any one who thinks that the government will be monitoring the slaughter of these animals is deluded. Or sue they will monitor it ...They will watch as the most horrible thinks are done to them and do nothing. Just like it is for the beef and cattle that go to market. If you want a really colorful description on what goes on read the book Skinny Bitch (it's an unfortunate title for a really god book). Warning though it's very point blank and graffic but it tells you exactly what is going on in the slaughter houses

  34. Unknown says:

    Please, everyone who has written above write to Mary Fallon and say exactly what you have written here. This is outrageous....For the first time I am ashamed of Oklahoma!!!! We cannot be known for the state that slaughters these beautiful creatures!!!!! For greed and money, that is what it all comes down to. Humane? Killing is killing and dead is dead!!!! What is humane about that. To send overseas for meat? Seems like we send enough overseas as it is!!!!!!! Elsie Laymon

  35. Anonymous says:

    It`s wrong, we slaughter horses for food in my country to, Sweden,. Horses are powerfull, and beutiful. They wore never ment to bee food for people. We humans doesn`t know where to draw the line, everything goes nowadays. Juni

  36. Anonymous says:

    a sad sad day

  37. Anonymous says:

    NO ONE AND I MEAN NO ONE will ever touch one of my horses for this shit, I remember what we started to make this country and this is so wrong and I do not believe in this at all.Please God help us threw all this maddness and watch over our wonderful horses and do what is right to the ones who are doing this. Aman

  38. Unknown says:
    check what`s going on in Europe !
    In US they just make it now official
    with signing some papers

  39. Anonymous says:

    Governor Mary Fallin: You have really fallen. You just signed the horse bill and you just sold your soul to the devil for a nickel. Congratulations to Senator Eddie Fields and our special thanks to the CREATOR of this horse slaughtering bill, Rep. Skye McNiel. She is the one that is responsible for this travesty. She is the real CULPRIT here who is going to be making all the money. What a very thoughtful thing for Gov. Mary to make this horrible announcement on Good Friday. All three of you politicians have no conscious. You all three have committed a terrible sin and come election day, we will welcome your opponents with open arms as your replacements. All three of your are thoughtless, and went against the public's wants and are barbarians with blood money on your hands just like Judas. Those poor, poor horses. See you all at the opening of the first horse slaughter house with Gov. Mary cutting the red ribbon, and waving the American flag and sporting her short skirts showing off her fat tree stump legs.

  40. Anonymous says:

    Rlly come on, horses are basicly who has took us to where we r now, theyve fought in battle side by side with people. So respect them for bring up half of our nation plowing the fields, draging logs to build peoples homes or for their fire in the winter, and so much more. If it wasnt for horses we woudnt be capable of doing half the things we do every day. Cant they at least give them the respect NOT TO SLAUGHTER THEM.

  41. Anonymous says:

    That's so weird! And very strange... Normally men don't assume horse as a food.... What was the reason for the permit?? What kind people are going to buy horse meat for their food??!

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