Why is Oklahoma State Senator Randy Bass wasting voters’ time? Or is he?
Is there a pro horse slaughter faction courting Oklahomans to give an okay for a slaughter facility?
Is Bass perhaps trying to prove a point — that just about nobody wants it?
Tulsa World reports:
- OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 21, 2014) — State Sen. Randy Bass, D-Lawton, has filed legislation that would give counties the final say over the location of horse slaughter facilities.
“When Governor Fallin signed legislation into law last year legalizing horse slaughter, she issued a statement saying it was important for towns to be able to block horse slaughter plants if that was their will,” said Bass. “This legislation would simply give counties the option to decide for themselves whether they want these facilities in their jurisdictions or not.”
Bass cited a poll that found overwhelming opposition to the legalization of horse slaughter in Oklahoma.
“What’s interesting is the fact that it didn’t really matter if you were talking about people living in a rural area or a large city, and it didn’t matter if they were a Democrat or a Republican, conservative or liberal—the overwhelming majority did not want a horse slaughter plant in their community,” Bass said. “This legislation reaffirms our citizens’ right to block such a facility if that’s what the majority of qualified voters decide.”
Ah, the picture becomes a bit clearer.
What is important is the final quote. The issue of horse slaughter has always been a bipartisan issue, rejected by a vast majority of those asked across standard demographics.
I hope Oklahoma voters have a good memory, and vote out Governor Fallin and her congressional cohorts.
— Future of horse slaughter in Oklahoma uncertain; August 8, 2013
— Over public outcry, Oklahoma Governor signs horse slaughter bill; April 4, 2013