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Sat March 9, 2013

Farm Bureau, Horse Group Supports Slaughter Bill

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — 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 next 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 House and Senate each overwhelmingly passed bills designed to end Oklahoma's 50-year ban on horse slaughtering and allow a facility to open that would package horse meat for export. The sale of horse meat for human consumption still would be prohibited in Oklahoma.