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New Bill Would Protect Wildlife in New Mexico


Update:


After House Bill 366 (Roxy's Law) passed two House committees, it was set to be voted on by the full House. Unfortunately, the vote count was too close, and it was decided that it would be shaky to move forward. While it's possible that the bill could have been approved, losing a vote on the chamber floor would have been detrimental to the bill in the long run.

Read the full update from Trap Free New Mexico here.


Original Post:


In 2017, we urged you to support SB 286. Known as the New Mexico Wildlife Protection and Public Safety Act, this bill would have protected mountain lions, coyotes, bears, bobcats, non-target wildlife, pets and humans from life-threatening body-gripping traps and poisons while on New Mexico's public lands. However, no vote was taken or hearing date set by the legislators and this bill never became law.


There is still hope!


HB 366 has been introduced this year into the New Mexico state legislature and brings hope for the state's native predators and other wildlife. Send a message to your New Mexico state Representatives and Senators urging them to support HB 366, "Roxy's Law."

HB 366, also known as "Roxy's Law", is the updated New Mexico Wildlife Protection and Public Safety Act and was introduced in response to the many wild animals and pets who have suffered and died in snares and traps. The bill was named in honor of one hiker's dog, Roxy, who lost her life in a snare trap.

HB 366 just passed out of the New Mexico House Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Committee. The next step is the House Judiciary Committee on Saturday February 23, 2019 at 9:00 am. Your letters of support are crucial!

IF YOU LIVE IN NEW MEXICO YOUR OPINION IS CRUCIAL. If you don't live in New Mexico you can still speak up!


There is an opportunity for farmers and ranchers, hunters and anglers, wildlife biologists and scientists, veterinarians, and people who have had a negative experience with traps on public land (your pet was caught in a trap or you came across dead/suffering wildlife in a trap) to testify at the House Judiciary Committee. If you fall into this category, and you wish to testify, please contact Jessica Johnson, Chief Legislative Officer of Animal Protection of New Mexico and Animal Protection Voters (jessica@apvnm.org).

Letters from New Mexico residents will be forwarded to your legislators and the Governor of New Mexico. Letters from outside New Mexico will be held and sent to the Governor and other decision makers when necessary.

Please be sure to use your own voice and experiences when adding your comments and feel free to use and expand upon the talking points below this letter form:


      Dear Policy Maker,

      I am writing to urge your support of an important bill for wildlife protection in New Mexico: HB 366 to end deadly trapping and poisoning of wildlife on New Mexico's public lands.

      This bill would improve humane laws in New Mexico and provide much needed protection to coyotes, mountain lions, bobcats, bears and other wildlife that fall victim to lethal traps, poisons, and lack of oversight. Millions of Americans come to New Mexico to enjoy the beautiful recreational opportunities of this great state, including safe wildlife viewing opportunities. This bill would be a huge step towards protecting wildlife, pets and people on New Mexico's public lands.

      I urge your support on HB 366.

      Thank you for your consideration.


To contact your New Mexico representative by phone you can find the information here: New Mexico Legislature contact information page.

Talking points for HB 366:


    • Trapping is indiscriminate, cruel and unnecessary. Only a few commercial trappers benefit from killing wildlife on our public lands so they can sell fur pelts to Asia and Russia for coats and slippers.
    • Indiscriminate trapping can kill mothers with young who must leave their cubs, pups or kittens behind to die from starvation or exposure.
    • Recreational hikers and their pets who use public lands to enjoy nature are at great risk of injury or death from traps, snares and poisons set on public lands.
    • Trapping is an antiquated activity that no longer fits with the cultural and environmental values of most Americans who want to see wildlife that is alive and thriving on our public lands.

Please be respectful and clear in all communications. Discourteous communications reflect poorly on advocates for wildlife and the conservation community.

What YOU can do!


    • Call and email your New Mexico state legislators and urge them to support HB 366, to end the use of trapping and poisons on public lands. Find your lawmakers here.
    • Forward this message to your friends in New Mexico and ask them to call and email their state lawmakers as well.
    • Follow the progress of the law here.
    • Help keep this issue in the public eye by submitting Letters to the Editor to your local paper(s). Pick one reason you support each bill and write a focused and direct letter expressing your support of these bills. Find New Mexico newspaper contact information here: http://www.wildmesquite.org/take-action/editorial-contacts.


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