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March 26, 2013

Gov. Fallin ‘inclined’ to sign slaughter legislation

OKLAHOMA CITY — A spokesman for Gov. Mary Fallin says the governor is “inclined” to sign a bill that would pave the way for a horse slaughtering facility in Oklahoma.

Fallin spokesman Aaron Cooper said Tuesday the governor would still have to review the bill with her legal and policy staff if it’s approved in the Senate.
Both the House and Senate have passed bills this session that would end Oklahoma’s 50-year ban on the slaughtering of horses for human consumption. A House bill written by Bristow Republican Rep. Skye McNiel is tentatively scheduled for a hearing Tuesday afternoon in the Senate.
Animal rights groups have fiercely opposed both measures, but the bills have been supported by Republicans and rural Democrats in both chambers.

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