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Oklahoma to permit horse slaughter and meat processing

On Friday Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed a bill permitting livestock owners to slaughter horses so their meat may be prepared and packaged. However, processing plants must still be authorized by the federal government.

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Fallin said horse slaughterhouses in Oklahoma would use more humane practices than those in Mexico because they would be inspected by federal authorities.

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Horsemeat was at the center of a scandal that erupted in Europe in January, when testing in Ireland revealed that some beef products also contained equine DNA.

The United States Humane Society and animal rights activists opposed the new law in Oklahoma, while livestock interests said the change preserves their private property rights and will benefit horse owners.

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