Proposed legislation on trapping named for Roxy, a dog killed by a trap set at Santa Cruz Lake. Courtesy photo
More Action Needed To Move Roxy’s Law Forward
TrapFree New Mexico News:
The bill to ban traps and poisons on New Mexico public lands has a critical hearing this Thursday. TrapFree New Mexico is asking for help to get over this first hurdle.
Call and email Rep. Debra Sariñana and Rep. Nathan Small. Tell them that you’re a New Mexican. Tell them that you want dangerous and cruel traps and poisons OFF public lands in the Land of Enchantment. Tell them that you want them to support House Bill 366. Be courteous and thank them. You may have to leave a message.
These two representatives are critical votes on the House Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Committee, which will hear the bill on Thursday. If you are able to attend the hearing, that would be wonderful:
What: HB 366 – the Wildlife Protection & Public Safety Act hearing
Where: Room 317, The State Capitol Roundhouse, 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe NM
When: 7:30 AM but plan to be there at 7:00 AM
The Troubles with Public Lands Trapping
- Trapping is cruel: trapped animals endure stress, dehydration, starvation, broken bones, dislocations, predation, and even self-amputation.
- Trapping is indiscriminate: unlike hunting, traps maim and kill non-target animals. Endangered species and companion animals are often caught in traps.
- Trapping is a public safety hazard: every year, companion and working dogs are caught in traps. This year, some have been trapped that resulted in AMPUTATION and, in TWOCASES, death. Traps are a danger to people too.
- Trapping is a drain on wildlife: for only $20, a trapper can kill as many furbearers as he wants and is not liable for the bycatch. Trapping denudes our public landscapes of native species – in many cases, key ecosystem engineers – for private profit. Pelts mostly end up in Eastern Europe and Asia. Trappers pay no gross receipts tax.