New York: Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has reportedly signed a bill that permits livestock owners to slaughter horses for food as long as their processing plants are authorized by the US Department of Agriculture, on Friday.
A congressional ban on killing horses for meat was lifted in 2011, but 58-year-old Fallin gave slaughterhouses federal approval to prepare and package horsemeat for export, the New York Daily News reported.
The slaughter of horses for food had been illegal in Oklahoma since 1963 and was carried out only in Texas and Illinois until Congress stopped it in 2006.
Fallin said horse slaughterhouses in Oklahoma would use more humane practices than those in Mexico because federal authorities would inspect them first.
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.