The ongoing cruelty, ecological destruction, risk to public safety, and waste inflicted by steel and other kill traps, snares, and lethal poisons can no longer be justified in New Mexico. More than a dozen local New Mexico governments have passed resolutions in support of banning traps locally and statewide.
The types of traps used in New Mexico—legholds, Conibears and snares—are outdated, and it's time to remove these inhumane and indiscriminate devices from public lands. Because of their non-selectivity, both targeted and non-targeted animals–including family cats and dogs, threatened and endangered species–fall victim to traps. In addition, toxic poisons such as sodium cyanide M-44s and Compound 1080 livestock protection collars are too deadly, dangerous, and indiscriminate to use in our state. These poisons have accidentally killed thousands of non-target wildlife and even people’s pets, resulting in horrific and excruciating deaths which can take as long as 15 traumatic hours and involves cardiac failure, respiratory arrest, and severe prolonged convulsions.
Animal Protection Voters is joined by many state and regional organizations to form the Trap Free New Mexico coalition, and together, we work to achieve safe public lands not littered with dangerous, outdated traps and poisons. Join our efforts by signing our petition and sharing with others. Use your voice for animals!
We, the undersigned, seek to prohibit the use of poisons and traps on New Mexico’s public lands.
Traps (including steel-jaw, leg-hold traps, wire snares, and other body-gripping devices) and poisons do not reliably differentiate between species. Traps and poisons cause death and harm to many animals, including endangered wolves, bears, bobcats, foxes, otters and even people’s pets.
Using traps and poisons is inconsistent with the “fair chase” principles of ethical hunting, and their usage depletes wildlife communities.