New Mexico’s Poised to Ban Cruel Trapping on Public Lands

Trapping on public lands in New Mexico continues to put wildlife, pets and us at risk, but now there’s a real chance it could be banned forever.

The Wildlife Protection and Public Safety Act (HB 366), which was just introduced by Rep. Matthew McQueen, Rep. Christine Chandler and Rep. Roberto Gonzales, would ban commercial and recreational trapping on public lands, with limited exceptions, finally ridding the landscape of cruel traps and snares. It would also the use of poison, such as Compound 1080, and M-44s, or cyanide bombs, which have faced increasing opposition over the incredible dangers they pose.

“We are grateful for the state legislature’s thoughtful consideration of House Bill 366 to strike a better balance among diverse interests on New Mexico’s public lands—toward improved public safety, animal welfare, and ecosystem health—that would protect endangered species from dangerous, indiscriminate traps,” said Jessica Johnson, chief legislative officer for Animal Protection Voters.

The bill has been dubbed Roxy’s Law after a dog who was killed in a snare that was illegally set by a trail late last year, but she is tragically not the only dog to have been injured and killed as a result of trapping in the state.

Unfortunately, not only is trapping putting pets and us at risk, it’s also threatening numerous non-target animals, including endangered species.

It also recently came to light that traps have injured and killed five endangered Mexican gray wolves since November of 2018. According to WildEarth Guardians, one died in veterinary care, while another lost a leg. A third was treated and released, but was later seen limping, while two more were captured and released.

For Mexican wolves, who are already threatened by a small population and lack of genetic diversity, along with illegal killings, trapping is posing an inexcusable threat to their survival and further impeding already weak recovery efforts.

“Trapping takes a tremendous toll on New Mexico—companion animals, native furbearers, and our most imperiled species pay the price for these indiscriminate killing devices,” said Chris Smith, southern Rockies wildlife advocate for WildEarth Guardians. “Public lands and our desert ecosystems cannot bear this burden any longer and it’s time for our elected officials to take action.”

So far, this legislation has been passed out of committee, but still needs to get through the full legislature, and it’s facing opposition.


You can help by signing and sharing the petition urging lawmakers in New Mexico to pass Roxy’s Law.

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Mona Pietsch3 days ago

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Angela K7 days ago

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Michael Friedmann
Michael F8 days ago

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Mark Donner
Mark Donner9 days ago

Find out who's opposing this bill. They're criminals who likely have been maiming and killing children and pets and they should be thrown in prison.

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Past Member 10 days ago

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Knud Thirup
Knud Thirup11 days ago

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Glennis W
Glennis W11 days ago

Must be stopped Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W11 days ago

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Glennis W
Glennis W11 days ago

Please stop Thank you for caring and sharing