Currently, NM has no legislation to address wildlife trafficking -- a huge business that threatens animals across the globe with extinction. SB75 Wildlife Trafficking Act (Stewart, D-Abq) will change that. This bill will make the trafficking of animal species threatened with extinction a state crime. Being found guilty of trafficking will result in a misdemeanor and a fine of up to $25,000. According to an interview by National Geographic, "Stewart says she wants to discourage the trade by hitting traffickers where it hurts—their pocketbooks."
“Right next door to us, El Paso is one of the top-five ports of entry for wildlife trafficking in the nation,” Sen. Stewart, the bill's sponsor, said. “Much of that contraband is moved through New Mexico as it’s distributed, illicitly, around the country. We’re better than that. With up to 100 elephants a day being killed globally for their tusks, New Mexico needs to do its part to stop wildlife trafficking.”
The bill is scheduled to come up for a vote on the Senate floor this Friday, February 7, 2020.
Please call your NM senator before Friday and urge them to support SB75. Find your NM State Senator Here.
Photo of Blue Headed Parrot, above, by: Shankar S.
Cover photo by: Robert Segin / USFWS