Some agriculture and horse groups are announcing their support of plans to open a horse slaughtering facility in Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma Farm Bureau announced Friday it would host an event at the state Capitol this week to show "strong support" for bills that would pave the way for a horse slaughtering facility in the state.
The Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association also issued a statement saying it supports the "concept of the slaughter of horses in Oklahoma." The Oklahoma Farm Bureau says the pro-horse processing event is Wednesday morning.
Opponents say removing Oklahoma's 50-year ban on horse slaughtering would hurt the state known for its horse industry. While the current bills would allow a horse processing facility to open, it would package the meat for export.