FUTURE OF HORSE SLAUGHTER IN OKLAHOMA STILL UNCLEAR
by ASSOCIATED PRESS
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Though the Legislature passed a bill this year authorizing the slaughter of horses, it remains unclear whether a facility will open in Oklahoma once the law takes effect Nov. 1.
Gov. Mary Fallin signed into law the bill sponsored by Rep. Skye McNiel of Bristow and Sen. Eddie Fields of Wynona. Fields said he’s not aware of any efforts to build a facility in Oklahoma, while McNiel said she’s no longer involved in the issue.
“My goal is not necessarily to bring one,” McNiel said. “I am not out promoting it. Once I passed the bill, I was done.”
Before the law passed, Ahsan Amil of Oklahoma Meat Company applied for a federal inspection with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Amil told the Tulsa World (http://bit.ly/16oj24G ) that he’s no longer pursuing the permit.
Horse slaughter plants are planned in New Mexico, Iowa, Missouri and Tennessee. Read more >>
— About the Lawmakers
Remember these names when it comes time to vote Oklahoma.
Gov. Mary Fallin
Rep. Skye McNiel of Bristow
Sen. Eddie Fields of Wynona
Does not matter why they passed a law to legalize horse slaughter in Oklahoma or whether or not they are involved after the fact or promoting it now they have “done their job”.
These politicians care not a wit about bringing all the sordid problems that go with horse slaughter to their community. Their view of horses as a disposable commodity is deadly — that horses are good for a buck in their killing for meat.
Notwithstanding that, horses are not traditional food animals and are given a laundry list of drugs that make their meat potentially carcinogenic to humans. Condoning the production and supply of toxic horse meat is highly irresponsible no matter how you cut it.
When you see those expensive election campaign ads for politicians such as the ones above, you can reasonably wonder if it is blood money from horse slaughter that helped pay for them.
— About Farm Bureaus
And what about the Farm Bureaus, who always seem to play a prominent role in working to keep horse slaughter alive? They have to know about the dangerous drugs given to horses which prohibit them from entering the human food chain.
Oh, wait. I wonder if it is because they know what sorts of things that go into the animals they breed, raise and kill for food, and simply don’t see any difference. That’s something to chew on, isn’t it?
GRISLY FIND IN MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA
From The Miami Herald
by ELINOR J. BRECHER
The butchered remains of a horse were found in a driveway on Northwest 163rd Street early Wednesday, according to Miami Gardens Police.
“The slaughter of horses in our community continues unabated,” said Laurie Waggoner, director of operations for the South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, whose organization provides rescue and refuge for abused and neglected horses. “The only difference in this case, is the remains were disposed of in an extremely public area.”
A passerby called police at 8:05 a.m. Wednesday reporting a “dead carcass” at 5295 NW 163rd St.
The horse was slaughtered while still alive, said SPCA President Jeanette Jordan.
Close-up photos show the horse’s severed head and other body parts lying on pavement.
“My greatest hope is that the perpetrators of this hideous crime will be caught and prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” Jordan said.
Illegal horse slaughter for meat is common in certain parts of Miami-Dade County, though it’s against the law to sell such meat for human consumption.
Police said they had no leads in the case. Read more >>