Governor Fallin set to review bill to allow horse slaughter/processing houses in state.
A Legislative bill to allow horse slaughtering plants in the state is on its way to Governor Fallin.
A ban has been in place for about 50 years in Oklahoma on the slaughtering of horses, and the meat used for human consumption.
Under terms of the bill, horse meat couldn't be sold in the U.S.
But Senator Al McAffrey of Oklahoma City worries about drug injected meat going to Canada and Mexico.
"We let them consume it, which means a kid could come down with cancer. We protect kids all the time, but we're willing to say 'hey, this is okay?"
But Senator Bryce Marlatt of Woodward strongly disagrees.
"Our job is to make sure we're doing what's best for our constituents in the state of Oklahoma. Not deciding what people in Mexico can eat."
A facility could be located in Marlatt's Senate district, near Guymon.
The House bill cleared the Senate 32 to 14. A gubernatorial spokesman told reporters Governor Fallin will likely sign the bill, although she must review it.
(Sen. Bryce Marlatt, (R) - Woodward)
(Sen. Al McAffrey, (D) - Oklahoma City)