VICTORY! Governor Signs SB 32 "Roxy's Law"

New law represents a monumental victory for native wildlife and public lands

Roxy’s anti-trapping legacy greater than botched trial

BY JESSICA JOHNSON / CHIEF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS OFFICER, ANIMAL PROTECTION NEW MEXICO AND ANIMAL PROTECTION VOTERS | TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2021 AT 12:02AM Roxy – the beloved dog killed by a neck snare in 2018 while hiking with her family – may not have received...

Not guilty verdict aside, Roxy’s Law still matters

The trapper accused of killing Roxy, a Northern New Mexico cattle dog who was strangled to death in a snare near Santa Cruz Lake, recently was found not guilty. The verdict was immensely disappointing. It feels like justice slipped through the cracks, alongside the...

ABQ Journal Editorial: To catch criminals, trapping ban needs real follow-through

Beginning in April, it will be illegal to use traps, snares and wildlife poison on public lands in New Mexico. That’s one positive outcome from the tragic death of an Española dog name Roxy — but it’s hard to be optimistic about the new law’s ability to be effective....

Tradition is no excuse for abuse

Traps and snares are lethal devices that pose a real threat to people, pets and wildlife on public lands. That fact was made tragically clear when a dog named Roxy was strangled to death in a snare at a popular New Mexico recreation area in 2018. Senate Bill 32,...

Man whose trapping inspired ‘Roxy’s Law’ found not guilty on all counts

A Chimayó man accused of setting a snare trap that caused the death of a dog named Roxy, which sparked a law outlawing trapping on public lands, has been found not guilty on all charges related to the 2018 incident. “It’s a sense of relief, obviously,” Marty Cordova...

New Mexico Citizens Speak Out for Trap-Free Public Lands

New Mexico citizens speak out for trap-free public lands

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Trapper acquitted in case that inspired anti-trapping law

Chimayó trapper Marty Cordova was acquitted by a jury this week of 10 counts of illegal trapping, three years after state officials alleged that he set a snare that strangled a dog near Española, his attorney said Thursday. The death of the dog, named Roxy, attracted...

New Mexico’s last trapping season on public lands

Dear TrapFree New Mexico Friend, This Monday, November 1st marks the start of New Mexico’s last trapping season on public lands. Thanks in large part to all that you did, Roxy’s Law will take effect on April 1st 2022 and effectively end the use of traps, snares, and...

Neiman Marcus Group will ditch fur

The Neiman Marcus Group, which includes retailers Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Last Call and Horchow, has just announced it will end its use of animal fur in favor of more ethical alternatives. The luxury retailer will end its use of animal fur, and will close all...

Estonia Becomes 14th European Nation to Ban Fur Farming

Estonia just became the first Baltic state to ban fur farming. The Riigikogu (Estonia’s parliament) passed amendments to the existing Animal Protection Act and Nature Conservation Act on Wednesday. The act will now prohibit the breeding and keeping of animals solely...

nm ziaKnow Your NM State Legislators!

Your New Mexico state Senator and Representative have the power to ban traps, snares and poisons on public lands. Find out who they are and let them know you oppose trapping on public lands. A simple phone call and email can make all the difference.


New Mexicans want safe, trap-free public lands

TrapFree New Mexico is a coalition opposing cruel, destructive traps on public lands. Traps pose an unacceptable risk to public lands users, companion animals, and wildlife. We seek a ban on traps on public lands in New Mexico for the sake of public safety, wildlife and ecological integrity. More than 100 countries worldwide have banned or severely restricted the use of traps. New Mexico should do the same.

People's Forum Panel Report on Public Lands Trapping

The New Mexico Legislature should ban trapping on public lands in New Mexico because traps harm people, animal companions, and whole populations of wildlife including rare species. Most New Mexican voters believe that trapping is cruel and unnecessary.

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