Thursday, May 7, 2009

OK Horsemen's bill to rescue unwanted race horses blocked; PETA paranoia blamed

By Associated Press

5:19 PM CDT, May 6, 2009

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — PETA paranoia is being blamed for a bill being held up in the Oklahoma House to rescue neglected race horses who are dying of sickness and neglect.

John Smicklas, a well-known horseman and Republican contributor, says breeders have agreed to raise fees they pay to the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission to take care of the problem.

Smicklas says the bill passed the Senate unanimously, but is being held up by a legislator who believes the measure is backed by the animal-rights group PETA, which also backs controversial federal legislation to ban horse slaughter.,0,4533617.story

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