Senator proposes bill focusing on horse slaughter plants in Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY – A local senator has filed legislation that would allow Oklahomans to decide whether they want horse slaughter plants in their communities.
Senate Joint Resolution 66 would require facilities to be approved by voters where the plant would be located.
“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 Okla. Sen. Randy Bass. “This legislation would simply give counties the option to decide for themselves whether they want these facilities in their jurisdictions or not.”
A survey conducted by SoonerPoll last year revealed that most Oklahomans do not want a horse slaughter facility in their community.
“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.”