Editorial: Humane end for horses not real goal of Okla slaughter bill

Published under the title “Editorial: Humane end for horses not really goal of slaughter legislation” on Tulsa World News Opinion page, written by World’s Editorial Writers, they say:

Okla State lawmaker Skye McNeil. Image: Tulsa Business and Legal News.
Okla State lawmaker Skye McNeil. McNeil co-authored and helping to push through a bill to return horse slaughter to U.S. soil. Image: Tulsa Business and Legal News.
    In Oklahoma, it appears, being connected to a family business can qualify a legislator as someone with special expertise to propose legislation that would benefit that business.

    At least that’s the view of Skye McNiel, R-Bristow, who has proposed legislation that would allow horse slaughter in Oklahoma. She’s something of an expert on the business, because her family operates the largest horse auction house in the state. Emphasis added.

    She admits that legalized horse slaughter in Oklahoma could mean financial gain for her grandparents’ auction house, which is managed by her family. She used to work there, too, but now just helps out occasionally.

    But other horse auctioneers also would benefit from horse slaughter, so that makes it OK for her to be proposing this legislation, she contends.

    “It’s no different from an attorney running a tort reform bill or a pharmacist running a pharmacy bill,” McNiel said. “I’m from rural Oklahoma, and I run rural legislation. I mean, who better to understand policy than somebody who lives it every day?”

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Speaker of the House
Rep. T.W. Shannon (R-62)
tw.shannon@okhouse.gov
(405) 557-7374

Rep. Skye McNeil (R-29)
skye.mcniel@okhouse.gov
405) 557-7353

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This comment is not to be missed, written by someone identified as 206884:

Here is the NEW Oklahoma Song!

    There’s never been a better time to end a life-
    It ain’t too early and it aint too late!
    Starting out as a weanling with a brand new life-
    Living in a horse slaughter state!
    Horse slaughter state-
    Ain’t gonna treat you right!
    Gonna send you to meet your fate
    So you can become a steak on someone’s plate
    Plen’y of air and plen’y of room,
    Plen’y of room to run and gallop!
    Plen’y of heart and plen’y of hope.

    OOOOk-lahoma, where the blood comes oozing down the plain,
    And you can smell decaying meat, When the wind comes right behind the rain
    OOOOk-lahoma, Ev’ry night my horse and I, Stand alone and watch the slaughter trucks pass by.

    We know our horses belong to the land (yo-ho)
    And the land they belong to is grand!
    And when we say
    Yeeow! Aye-yip-aye-yo-ee-ay!
    We’re only sayin’
    You’re Not doin’ fine, Oklahoma!
    Oklahoma is not O.K.!

    OOOOk-lahoma, where the blood comes oozing down the plain,
    And you can smell decaying meat, When the wind comes right behind the rain
    OOOOk-lahoma, Ev’ry night my horse and I, Stand alone and watch the slaughter trucks pass by.

    We know our horses belong to the land (yo-ho)
    And the land they belong to is grand!
    And when we say
    Yeeow! Aye-yip-aye-yo-ee-ay!
    We’re only sayin’
    You’re Not doin’ fine, Oklahoma!
    Oklahoma is not O.K.!

    Okla-okla-Okla-Okla-Okla-Okla
    Okla-okla-Okla-Okla-Okla-Okla…

    We know they belong to the land
    And the land they belong to is grand!
    And when we say
    Yeeow! Aye-yip-aye-yo-ee-ay!
    We’re only sayin’
    You’re not doin’ fine, Oklahoma!
    Oklahoma
    S-L-A-U-G-H-T-E-R
    In OKLAHOMA!
    Boo Hoo!

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3 thoughts on “Editorial: Humane end for horses not real goal of Okla slaughter bill”

  1. Horses were not bred in the U.S. for consumption.Finding a horse who has not been given “Bute”Is like finding a person who has never had a tylenol.Aside from the unethical aspects,no human is safe from one bite of horse meat. Apparently money means more than the health of humans.

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