horses

Sweetness And Light
6:34 am
Wed November 27, 2013

The Horse Who Picked Up A Paintbrush

Metro Meteor, a retired racehorse, stands with owners Ron and Wendy Krajewski and one of his paintings at Motters Station Stables in Rocky Ridge, Md., earlier this year.
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Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 9:55 am

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Horses
8:54 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Horses Bring Billions To Oklahoma Economy

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A study released this week shows that Oklahoma's horse industry had an economic impact totaling $3.6 billion in 2012.

The survey was commissioned by the Oklahoma Equine Alliance and was completed this year. It also estimated the industry supported roughly 35,000 jobs and generated more than $100 million in state and local taxes.

Members of the alliance include the Thoroughbred Racing Association of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission and the OklahomaDepartment of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry, among other groups.

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Animal Rights
11:41 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Future Of Horse Slaughter In State Remains Uncertain

A state law allowing horse slaughter goes into effect Nov. 1, but there appear to be no plans for a facility in Oklahoma.
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Although the Legislature passed a bill this year authorizing the slaughter of horses, it's not clear if a facility will open in Oklahoma once the law takes effect Nov. 1.

The bill was backed by Rep. Skye McNiel of Bristow and Sen. Eddie Fields of Wynona. Fields says he's not aware of any efforts to build a facility in Oklahoma.

Before the law passed, Ahsan Amil of Oklahoma Meat Company applied for a federal inspection with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Amil tells the Tulsa World that he's no longer pursuing the permit.

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12:14 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Obama Budget Moves to Block Horse Meat Processing

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While a new Oklahoma law would allow a horse slaughter facility in the state, the new budget proposed by the White House would not spend any money on inspecting the facilities.
The Obama administration has included a proposal in its 2014 budget that would effectively ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption. Technically, the proposal would prevent money from being spent on inspection of horse slaughtering facilities. Without inspections, facilities could not legally operate. The proposal was greeted enthusiastically by horse lovers and animal advocacy groups.
Animal Rights
3:49 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Gov. Fallin Restores Horse Slaughter in Oklahoma

Horses gather around another horse after its death.
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While eliminating a ban on horse processing plants in Oklahoma wasn’t on the top of the policy agenda for Gov. Mary Fallin, late Friday she signed a bill that overturns a five decade long ban on the practice.

How you view the horse and its role in American life, likely also determines where you are in the debate over allowing the processing of horsemeat in Oklahoma.

If “companion animal,” or “pet,” comes first to mind, you’re probably against the slaughter of horses. And according to a recent SoonerPoll.com public opinion survey, you also agree with the majority of Oklahomans.

But if you think of horses as “work animals,” or “tools” to help on the ranch or farm, you are probably in favor of House Bill 1999. The Senate approved the bill 32-14 this week.

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Animal Rights
9:32 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Return of Horse Slaughter a Step Closer in Oklahoma

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A state Senate committee has unanimously approved a bill that opens the way for a horse slaughtering facility in Oklahoma. 

The Senate Agriculture and Rural Development Committee on Monday voted 9-0 in favor of the bill by Bristow Republican Representative Skye McNiel. It would end Oklahoma's 50-year ban on the slaughter of horses for human consumption.

Under the bill, the sale of horse meat still would be illegal in Oklahoma, but the export for sale in other countries would be allowed.

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Animal Rights
8:02 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Pro-Horse Processing Groups Meeting Today

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Supporters of legislation that would allow for a horse slaughtering plant in Oklahomaplan to rally at the state Capitol.

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau is slated to hold the event Wednesday morning at the state Capitol to support bills that would pave the way for a horse slaughtering facility in the state.

The Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association has also issued a statement saying it supports the "concept of the slaughter of horses in Oklahoma."

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Animal Rights
9:31 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Pro-Horse Slaughter Groups Set Wednesday Meeting

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.

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Animal Rights
7:51 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Anti-Horse Slaughter Groups Lobby Lawmakers

Oklahoma lawmakers could allow horse slaughter to return to the state.
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 A legislative plan to pave the way for a horse slaughtering facility in Oklahoma is drawing fierce opposition from animal  rights groups.

Several animal protection groups plan to rally at the state Capitol Thursday for "Humane Lobby Day" and urge legislators to oppose the bill to allow horse  slaughtering in the state.

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Politics and Government
3:23 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Horse Slaughter Could Return to Oklahoma

Oklahoma could see a return to horse slaughter under a bill passed by the House Wednesday.
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Members of the Oklahoma House overwhelmingly voted for a bill that would allow horse slaughter to return to the state.

Impassioned opposition to the legislation came from across the country. Rep. Skye McNeil said she had been attacked over her bill she says could help solve the problem of abandoned horses in the state.

Some grass roots opponents say McNeil has a conflict of interest due to her involvement with a livestock company that would see increased profits from the sale of horses for slaughter.

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