We’re thrilled to share the good news: Just this morning the New Mexico Senate Conservation Committe passed SB 268, a bill that would ban coyote killing contests throughout New Mexico.
Authored by New Mexico Senator Jeff Steinborn (D-Las Cruces) and Senator Mark Moores (R-Albuquerque), passage of this bill would stop the dozens of organized competitions held annually in New Mexico in which participants compete for prizes for killing the most coyotes or the largest. Project Coyote Science Advisory Board member Dave Parsons served as Senator Steinborn’s expert scientist at the committee hearing, and Project Coyote supporters showed up to testify and lend their support to the bill.
Read this article in the Associated Press about today’s hearing:
Legislation aimed at banning coyote-hunting competitions in New Mexico has cleared its first legislative hurdle
We want to thank all of our New Mexico supporters who wrote and testified on the bill. SB 268 will next be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee. We will keep our New Mexico supporters apprised as the bill moves forward, and let you know how you can take action.
The momentum building statewide gives us great hope that these heinous killing contests will be banned entirely. Prior to introduction of the bill, Project Coyote and our campaign partners helped raise New Mexicans’ awareness of the issue with a multi-city premiere screening of Project Coyote’s documentary film Unfair Game: Ending Wildlife Killing Contests. Read more here and here.
We are hopeful that with sustained grassroots momentum, continued public education with our new film, and the effective work of our New Mexico wildlife coalition, we can make history by banning coyote killing contests once and for all in the Land of Enchantment.
With gratitude for your steadfast support,
Camilla H. Fox Founder & Executive Director