You Can Still Stop Horse Slaughter

HORSE SLAUGHTER BILL HAS PASSED —

NOW WHAT? Horse photo

Despite public outcry, Commercial Horse Slaughter will be legal in Oklahoma, beginning November 1st of this year — Unless something changes on the Federal level.

SAFE, the Safeguard American Food Exports Act (HR1094, S541) has been proposed to the US House and Senate.  This bill would outlaw the killing of American horses for human consumption and would prohibit transporting them across the border for slaughter in Mexico or Canada.

Please contact your US Senators and Representative and urge them to support this important piece of legislation.

To find the legislators representing you, click here:

http://www.oksenate.gov/findmylegislature.aspx

In addition,the White House’s 2014 Budget recommends that Congress block spending for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to inspect U.S. horse slaughter plants.  Without USDA inspections, these plants cannot sell horse meat.  This is similar to a measure put in place in 2005, but allowed to expire in 2011.  Please urge your federal legislators to bar the funding USDA inspection of horse slaughter plants in the 2014 budget.

Spay Oklahoma Provides Low Cost Spay & Neuter Services

Spay Oklahoma is a nonprofit organization established in 2004 which provides high quality low cost services to needy pet owners.
Spay Oklahoma is able to keep their prices affordable for low income pet owners through donations and grants, such as the funding provided by Oklahoma Alliance for Animals during our Hip to Snip campaign.

Prices include a rabies vaccine. Additional financial assistance may be available to those who qualify.

Appointments are required. Please contact the Tulsa Clinic at 918.728.3144 and the Bixby Clinic at 918.970.4222.

For more information, visit www.spayok.org.

5 Reasons It’s Hip to Snip

There’s nothing cooler than ending pet overpopulation. But there are other reasons you should consider spay and neuter for your pets.

  1. It reduces the number of homeless pets in area shelters. Oklahoma has a severe pet overpopulation problem and as a result, tens of thousands of pets are destroyed in our state each year due to lack of homes.  Altering your pet will eliminate the possibility that its offspring will be part of this harsh reality.
  2. It prevents unwanted litters. Even if you don’t plan to breed your pet, accidental pregnancies happen and many accidental litters occur because owners thought their pet was too young to reproduce. Many of these animals end up at shelters where they are ultimately destroyed. Altering your pet will save you the expense and trouble of dealing with a litter of unwanted puppies or kittens, as well as prevent potential offspring from being homeless.
  3. It’s required by law in Tulsa and many communities. The City of Tulsa has an ordinance which requires all dogs and cats over the age of six months to be spayed or neutered. Similar ordinances exist in an increasing number of cities and towns in our state.
  4. It’s good for your pet’s health. Sterilization of your cat or dog will minimize the risks of diseases associated with reproductive organs such as testicular cancer or pyometra.
  5. It makes your pet a better companion. Altering your pet decreases aggressive behavior, including dog bites and desire to fight with other male dogs.  It also reduces an animal’s desire to escape from its home in search of a mate.  Sterilization also reduces or eliminates undesirable behavior such as spraying, marking and mounting.

If you haven’t spayed or neutered your pet, please consider acting now and be part of the solution to Oklahoma’s pet overpopulation problem. If you have, now is the time to share with others the reasons why they should do so.

For more information about low cost spay and neuter promotions during the month of February, click here.

40 Dogs Rescued from OKC Area Puppy Mill

Click here to see video coverage from KOCO in Oklahoma City.

This incident serves as a good reminder to people to be sure they are getting a dog from a reputable breeder.  While OAA strongly advocates adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue as this plays a large role in overcoming our pet overpopulation problem, we urge those that purchase dogs from breeders to do their homework. Continue reading