Target: Susana Martinez, Governor of New Mexico
Goal: Restrict the use of poisons and animal traps in New Mexico
Legislators in New Mexico will soon decide whether or not to pass House Bill 579, the New Mexico Wildlife Protection and Public Safety Act, introduced by Rep. Bobby Gonzales. The act will prevent the use of poisons and animal traps on New Mexico’s public lands. Colorado, New Mexico’s neighboring state, has already banned trapping in a statewide initiative.
New Mexico is home to several endangered species, including the Mexican gray wolf and the North American jaguar. Animal trapping puts these species at even greater risk. Hikers and their companion animals are also in danger, as shown by two separate occurrences in 2010 and 2012, both involving injured women and pet dogs. Anonymous trappers rarely pick up the costly veterinary tabs for these unfortunate and sometimes tragic accidents.
Several anti-trapping resolutions have been passed at the local and county level, including in the state capital. However, a statewide initiative would be the strongest protection against trapping in all public lands throughout New Mexico. It will also crack down on the fur trade from illegal trapping.
Ask Governor Susana Martinez to take a stand and make sure this bill passes into law. Stop harmful trapping in New Mexico by making it illegal.
Dear Governor Martinez,
We ask that you take a stand against trapping on public lands in New Mexico. As home to endangered species like the Mexican gray wolf and the North American jaguar, New Mexicans have a proud natural heritage that is compromised by trapping and animal poisons. Furthermore, these traps have proven dangerous to everyday hikers and their pets, who have acquired costly medical and veterinary bills for simply trying to enjoy the state’s natural beauty. Outdoor enthusiasts, out-of-state tourists included, should not have to worry about the dangers of animal traps on public lands.
Several cities and counties, including the state capital and the state’s largest city, Albuquerque, have passed resolutions banning animal traps and poisons. However, there is not yet a statewide initiative protecting against these devices. We ask that you close this loophole.
House Bill 579 will make the use of animal poisons and traps illegal in the state of New Mexico. Please put your weight behind this bill and pass it into law. Restrict harmful trapping in New Mexico’s wild places.
[YOUR NAME HERE]
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