2017 New Mexico Legislative Campaign
Five pieces of wildlife legislation supported by SWEC
The New Mexico State Legislature is in session, and five pieces of legislation that serve the interests of wildlife have been introduced. As a voice for wildlife, the Southwest Environmental Center supports these bills. Follow the links below to learn more about each bill, then join the grassroots advocacy campaign to make them laws.
SB 268 - Ban Coyote Killing Contests
Sponsors: Jeff Steinborn (D), Mark Moores (R)
Click here to read SB 268.
Coyote killing contests are popular in New Mexico, with about 30 held each year. These contests, in which participants compete for cash and other prizes, are not legitimate hunting and serve no management function. Killing contests disrupt ecosystems and give New Mexico's tourism industry a black eye. New Mexico stands to make history as the first state in the country to ban coyote killing contests.
SB 266 - Grant Game Commission Authority to Protect All Species
Sponsor: Jeff Steinborn (D)
Click here to read SB 266.
Currently, the New Mexico Game Commission has the authority to regulate about 60% of the state's vertebrate species, including only 20% of mammals. SB 266 would grant the Commission authority to protect "all species of wildlife, including protected game species, furbearers, and non-game species." New Mexico is one of the most biologically diverse states in the country, and all its native species deserve legal protection.
SB 267 - Classify Coyotes and Skunks as Protected Furbearers
Sponsor: Jeff Steinborn (D)
Click here to read SB 267.
New Mexico law currently offers no legal protection for coyotes or skunks. SB 267 would grant the Game Commission authority to set bag limits and otherwise regulate the killing of these two species.
SB 286 - Ban Trapping/Poisoning on Public Land
Sponsors: Pete Campos (D), Gay Kernan (R)
Click here to read SB 286.
Trapping and poisoning are inhumane and pose a danger to the public and pets. These practices have no place on the public's shared land.
SB 81- End Wildlife Trafficking
Sponsor: Mimi Stewart (D)
Click here to read SB 81.
Illegal wildlife trafficking worldwide is a multi-billion dollar industry, and the patchwork of federal and international laws is incomplete and difficult to enforce. State-level laws banning the sale of wildlife products are necessary to drive down demand for wildlife products.
HB 254 - Modernize Game Commission
Sponsor: Matthew McQueen (D)
Click here to read HB 254.
New Mexico's Game Commission is currently appointed by the Governor. This bill would require that four commission seats are filled by the Legislative Council, further mandating that some seats be occupied by scientists and conservationists. This would depoliticize the commission and helpensure that New Mexico's wildlife is managed according to the whole public's interest.
Click here to learn more about HB 254.
What can you do? Take action today.
1. Contact your State Representative and Senator.
Use the link below to find contact information for your elected officials. Email, call, AND write a letter! For phone calls, use their capitol number, (505) area code.
2. Contact Governor Martinez.
It's not enough to pass a bill. The Governor needs to sign it. Please email, call, AND send a letter to Governor Martinez.
Phone: (505) 476-2200
Mail: Office of the Governor
490 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87501
3. Write a letter to the editor of your paper.
Letters to the editor are a powerful tool to raise public awareness. Use the talking points above to write to your local paper.
4. Ask a friend, family member, or coworker to get involved.
Now that you have taken action, will you forward this web page to someone you know who might want to get involved?
Thanks for taking the time to join the grassroots effort!