Senate Bill 286, the NM WILDLIFE PROTECTION & PUBLIC SAFETY ACT to prohibit traps and poisons on New Mexico’s public lands has been rescheduled in the Senate Conservation Committee. It was taken off the agenda last week but is now back on. It will be heard this Tuesday, Feb 21, at 8 AM, Room 311 at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe. It is the first item.

This room is very small and filled very early last week. The overflow crowd had to be moved to an adjacent room where they could only watch the proceedings. So on Tuesday, Please plan to arrive early to be assured a seat so you won’t be in the overflow and will be able to participate in person! We suggest 7 AM.

To speak, plan to say who you are, where you are from and then a short statement about why prohibiting traps, snares and poisons on public lands is important to you. Be brief to leave time for the next person.

However, if your Senator serves on the Conservation Committee it isn’t too late to also contact him or her and urge support of SB 286. Click on his or her name at the link below for their contact information. Calls are the most effective. Be sure to say you are a constituent! Senators are getting a lot of calls from people who aren’t.

We know what a big ask this is and that many of you won’t be able to get to this hearing. Some who did and or who could have attended last week, won’t be able to this week. Know that if you can be there, you are standing for those who can’t. And you are standing for our wildlife; animals that, at this very moment, are struggling in a trap somewhere in our state on our public lands. You are standing for unsuspecting hikers and their dogs. And you are standing for decency and compassion. We only get this chance every two years. Let’s make New Mexico TrapFree this year!

I hope to see you Tuesday!

Thank you!
Mary Katherine Ray