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New Mexico Legislation

HB 316 Bans Animal Killing Contests

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

Update (February 2013): The bill failed in committee.

Bill description: New Mexico has seen a recent rash of animal killing contests that threaten public safety, are inhumane and are not biologically sound. Killing contests reward people for killing the most animals; prizes offered often have included monetary incentives and semiautomatic rifles. These contests are unethical and send a dangerous message that life is cheap and that senseless killing is cause for celebration. According to a New Mexico State Land Commissioner, Ray Powell, contest hunts are “about personal profit, animal cruelty, and the severe destruction of the delicate balance of this desert ecosystem. It is time outlaw this highly destructive activity.”

What you can do: Call or e-mail your New Mexico state legislators and ask them to support HB 316.

Find the bill’s text here. (PDF)

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