Horses slaughterhouses are needed in Oklahoma, according to Representative Skye McNiel of Bristow.
They were banned years ago. McNiel says these days, some producers just can't afford to keep their animals.
"We're gonna make sure that it's humane and that it's the right thing to do and those horses suffer as little as possible," McNile told House members. "I want that and I know you all want that. Anybody from rural Oklahoma wants that."
Representative Don Armes of Faxon, arguing in support of the bill, saying slaughterhouses in Mexico are NOT humane.
"They severe that horse's spinal cord several times. They don't shock 'em. They don't put a bullet through their brain. They severe the horse's spinal cord, physically. Then they open the box, and that horse stumbles out and falls into a heap on the ground."
McNiel's bill would ban the sale of horse meat for consumption in Oklahoma, but would allow for the meat to be sent overseas.
Her bill goes on to the Senate.
(Rep. Skye McNiel, (R) - Bristow.)
(Rep. Don Armes, (R) - Faxon.)