New Mexico’s a Step Closer to Banning Coyote Killing Contests

Coyote killing contests may soon be part of the past in New Mexico, as lawmakers advance legislation to ban the barbaric practices.

These contests, which are also known as derbies or drives, reward people of all ages, including children, for goals that include killing the biggest or most animals, with cash and prizes.

Sadly, coyotes who are often the target of these events are left without protection and can be killed in unlimited numbers year round. According to state lawmakers, 566 coyotes were intentionally killed with firearms in New Mexico in 2015 alone.

Not only are these contests cruel, but they also ignore the valuable role that predators, like coyotes, play in keeping ecosystems healthy. These contests really serve no purpose, other than to allow those who participate to make a profit off killing animals for amusement and personal gain.

Senators Jeff Steinborn (D-Las Cruces) and Mark Moores (R-Albuquerque) introduced SB 268, a bill that would make it “illegal for a person to organize, cause, sponsor, arrange, hold, or participate in a coyote killing contest.” The bill defines contest in this case as having an objective to kill coyotes for prizes or entertainment.

The Senate Conservation Committee just passed it by a 6-3 vote, and although it still has more hurdles to clear before going on to the full Senate for a vote, it’s a promising start this year.

“Mass killing of wildlife purely for the sake of killing is not an activity that we should allow in New Mexico,” said Senator Steinborn. “Our wildlife is part of what makes the Land of Enchantment special, and we should give them the respect and management oversight they deserve. The fact that these contests continue to be held in New Mexico is unacceptable, and I will do everything in my power to stop them.”

Efforts to end these contests have already received widespread public support from residents, and this legislation has also garnered the support of a number of conservation and animal advocacy organizations, including New Mexico’s Animal Protection Voters, the Southwest Environmental Center, Sierra Club, Conservation Voters New Mexico, Project Coyote and WildEarth Guardians.

“A coalition of organizations has worked to educate the public about coyote killing contests, and New Mexicans are shocked to learn these senseless and cruel activities exist right in our backyard. New Mexicans do not support the indiscriminate killing of our state’s wildlife, and it’s time our laws reflect the public’s opposition to this gruesome blood sport,” said Jessica Johnson, Chief Legislative Officer for Animal Protection Voters.


Please sign and share the petition asking New Mexico’s lawmakers to make these killing contests a thing of the past by passing this legislation.

Also check out Unfair Game: Ending Wildlife Killing Contests, Project Coyote’s new documentary about these contests and efforts to end them.

Photo credit: Thinkstock


Marie W
Marie W2 years ago

Thanks for posting.

Melania P
Melania P2 years ago

I already signed, sharing again.... Savages, sick bastards who participate in this!!!

Angela K
Angela K2 years ago

petition already signed & shared

Telica R
Telica R2 years ago

Thank you for caring and sharing

Pat P
Pat P2 years ago

Sadistic hunters who get a thrill out of killing an animal for a "contest" are incredibly sick and demented!
This should have never started! When will it be over for good?!

Silvia Steinhilber

I should hope so! Anyone who enjoys killing for a contest is seriously disturbed.

Julie D
Julie D2 years ago

I will never be able to understand how anyone can get pleasure from killing things. This contest is an outrageous abomination!

Jennifer H
Jennifer H2 years ago

Love the video. Agree with Terri S.

Shirley S
Shirley S2 years ago

Signed earlier.

Aldana W
Aldana W2 years ago

Thank you. Ready for the final step.