All the bills including the anti-trapping bill and coyote contest bill are scheduled for next week. I canít tell you how important it is to call or email the committee members and voice your opposition to the bills. Your heritage is under attack. Some main talking points involve what the loss of trapping means to you, including your income, including protecting your livestock. Only you can put your personal experiences into words. Another topic is the inaccuracies that are being communicated pertaining to public safety. It is also important that you read the bills. The bills are very easy to find on www.nmlegis.gov
website. Once youíre there click the ďLegislationĒ tab, then search for the bill under the bill finder. These are Senate bills. Read them and be informed.
For SB266 this is a way to give the State Game Commission power over all wildlife; including coyotes. They donít want this. If this bill turns into law, it will provide future opportunity to restrict your rights pertaining to hunting, fishing, AND Trapping.
SB267 is another opportunity for the same. It will make a coyote and many other animals protected that will again provide opportunities to impose limits on animals that donít need protection.
SB268 is obviously going after the perception that these contests are cruel, inhumane, and damaging to the predator vs prey balance. These statements are made without fact. They rely on the ignorance of people that donít know otherwise and choose not to be informed.
SB286Ö What else needs to be said. It will outlaw all forms of trapping of any kind. You wonít even be able to put out a glue trap to catch a mouse if they get their way.
I reviewed the calendar all the bills are scheduled in room 311 and start at 8:30am. I would advise you to be there early and get a seat. Donít let the antiís take away your opportunity to express your opposition.
SB266 State Game Commission Mission & Purpose, Feb 14,
SB267 Protection of fur bearing animals & coyotes Feb 16,
SB268 Prohibit coyote killing contests, Feb 16
SB286 NM Wildlife protection... (anti-trapping) Feb 16.