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Horse Slaughtering Plant Closer To Approval

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  Two separate bills to end Oklahoma's ban on the slaughter of horses for human consumption have sailed through the House and Senate.

  The Senate passed a bill 38-6 on Wednesday, while the House measure was approved 82-14.

  Rep. Skye McNeil (R-Bristow) sponsored the House measure and says the bill would allow a horse slaughtering plant to open in the state and provide a humane option for unwanted, aging horses.

  The sale of horse meat for consumption in the United States is banned, but it can be sent overseas.

  Opponents say a slaughtering plant is not a humane way to dispose of a horse and that the bills are being fast-tracked through the Legislature before opposition mounts.

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