- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A House panel has shot down a bill that would have allowed animal owners in Oklahoma to euthanize their pets with a gun.

The House Judiciary Committee voted 8-4 against the bill by Bartlesville Republican Rep. Steve Martin.

The bill would have allowed the owner of an animal to “humanely” destroy the animal by using a firearm. It is currently illegal to shoot your animal in Oklahoma, but Martin has said the practice is common.

Martin’s bill was fiercely opposed by animal rights groups.

Cynthia Armstrong, the Oklahoma state director of the Humane Society of the United States, says the bill would have allowed any animal owner to kill their pet “for any reason.”

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