In November 2011, the U.S. Congress quietly lifted a ban on funding horse meat inspections, again opening the gateway for horse slaughterhouses to return to America. Shortly thereafter, a report in the Twin Falls Times News said that Idaho might be considered an ideal spot for a slaughterhouse "because it is agricultural-based and contains high amounts of unwanted horses."
And while Idaho has yet to see a slaughterhouse open since then, the governor of Oklahoma on Friday signed into law a provision to allow facilities to process and export horse meat, despite bitter opposition by animal-rights activists.
But advocates for the slaughterhouses, including Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, noted that more than 166,000 horses were sent to Canada and Mexico in 2012 to be slaughtered.
But Fallin quickly added that her state's new law strictly prohibited the selling of horse meat for human consumption in the U.S.
Meanwhile, Huffington Post reports that similar horse slaughtering efforts are under way in Nevada and New Mexico. Oklahoma officials have already received an application for a horse slaughter inspection permit from a meat company in Washington, Okla., about 40 miles south of Oklahoma City.