In the past 6 years there has been over 12 % unemployment and now (25% really for those with out benefits and underemployed)a record foreclosure crisis, three years of drought and an economic recession that was deepened by the closing of manufacturing for a rush of jobs overseas as well as gas prices over $3-4 a gallon. People who could not bear to kill their own horses sent them to sales not knowing they would end up butchered. To say there are neglected, abused and starving horses that would be prevented by opening a horse slaughter is the same as saying a brothel is birth control - there is no connection. Economics are why people sell horses for $200 when really a state based and controlled euthanasia program would control disease, offer a solution and put horses down humanely. BUT THERE IS NO MONEY TO BE MADE! So the real reason and no other is kill buy cheap and sell to Canada and Mexico which ships horsemeat to Europe to sell as BEEF. Where do you think all those horses went and why the demand is falling and markets closing after the illegal meat trade was found out! DeSantos is planning on selling horsemeat to China and Chia ships it to Italy and WOW its right back in the USA as BEEF! How stupid are we to allow this dirty meat to be reprocessed and right back in our food chain. This is why it has to stop. Once everyone realizes selling horses to slaughter is banned , then starving horses staged at borders from other states will stop. Ask this "There were 6000 rejected horses NOT allowed into Mexico in such Horrible shape they were UNFIT for slaughter - where did they go?...into the New Mexico border deserts, then calls were made to police so that people could see the "Staged" dying horses. Read the story of Kaufman Texas when the last horse slaughter plant ruined the town, had blood and offel in the sewers and left the town trashed. DeSantos was CLOSED and FINED for leaving dead cows out in the heat for months. 15 foot piles of carcuses with the processed meat cut off and the hides, the rest thrown "out back". New Mexico can not play games with its wells and water sheds like this.