URGENT: Take action help ban coyote killing contests in New Mexico!
UPDATE: Senate Bill 268 ("Prohibit Coyote Killing Contests") passed the Senate Conservation Commitee by a 6-3 vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee by a 7-2 vote, the Senate floor by a 26-15 vote and the House Judiciary Committee by a 7-4 vote.
WHAT'S NEXT: The bill will need to be scheduled for a vote and heard on the House floor before the end of the session on Saturday, March 18th. Contact your State Representative right away and ask them to vote 'YES' on SB268!
Stop Coyote Killing Contests
Senate Bill 268, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Steinborn (D-Las Cruces) and Sen. Mark Moores (R-Albuquerque), will ban coyote killing competitions in which participants compete for prizes or entertainment by attempting to kill the most, largest, and smallest coyotes over a short period of time. At least 20-30 contests are held every year in all corners of the state.
Coyote killing contests have resulted in outrage—not only here in New Mexico, but also nationally and internationally—for promoting wanton killing that a significant majority of New Mexico voters (more than a two-to-one margin) find abhorrent. These contests do nothing to help attract business, drive tourism, or address livestock depredation. In fact, science shows that killing contests can often cause coyote populations to boom over the long term.
Ethical sportsmen oppose killing contests as a violation of fair-chase hunting values and the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. It's time to end these horrific events.
Take action below to urge your legislator to VOTE YES on Senate Bill 268!
*This form will work for all NM State Representatives. Please email and then call your Representative immediately. Find their phone number here. Thank you for speaking out!