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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.
Traps indiscriminately harm people, pets and wildlife and should be banned on public lands. Learn More »
Trap Free Friends
We, the undersigned, seek to prohibit the use of poisons and traps on New Mexico's public lands. Traps, including steel-jaw, leghold traps, wire snares, and other body-gripping devices, and poisons do not differentiate between species and pose an indiscriminate danger to all. Traps and poisons cause death and harm to many animals, including endangered wolves, bears, bobcats, foxes, otters and companion animals. The use of traps and poisons is inconsistent with the "fair chase" principles of ethical hunting, and their usage depletes wildlife communities.
Download our petition to ban traps on public lands and ask to put it in your place of work, favorite coffee shop or community center. Or, set up your own tabling event!
Contact Mary Katherine Ray at for more tabling info.
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Download the Trap Free NM Petition
Whether you're an outdoorsman who has encountered a trapped animal or who has been involved in a trapping accident, a rancher who is oppsed to trapping as a form of predator control, a biologist, a student, or simply a concerned citizen, tell us your story!
We want to know why you support a trap ban on public lands in New Mexico, or why you value native wildlife. Send us your story, photos, or videos, so that we can share it with the community!
Tell us your trapping related story or incident
Send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. For a list of newspapers by county, please see APNM's Publications Resources Page or consult the list below.
New Mexico Newspapers
- Alamogordo Daily News [Alamogordo]
- The Albuquerque Tribune [Albuquerque]
- Albuquerque Journal [Albuquerque]
- Carlsbad Current-Argus [Carlsbad]
- Clovis News Journal [Clovis]
- Daily Lobo [Albuquerque]
- The Daily Times [Farmington]
- Deming Headlight [Deming]
- El Defensor Chieftain [Socorro]
- Gallup Independent [Gallup]
- The Herald [Truth or Consequences]
- Hobbs News-Sun [Hobbs]
- Las Cruces Sun-News [Las Cruces]
- Los Alamos Monitor [Los Alamos]
- Lovington Daily Leader [Lovington]
- Mountain Monthly [Cloudcroft]
- News-Bulletin [Belen]
- New Mexico Business Journal [Albuquerque]
- The New Mexico Jewish Link [Albuquerque]
- The Observer [Rio Rancho]
- Portales News-Tribune [Portales]
- Roswell Daily Record [Roswell]
- Ruidoso News [Ruidoso]
- Sangre de Christo Chronicle [Angle Fire]
- The Santa Fe New Mexican [Santa Fe]
- Santa Fe Times [Santa Fe]
- Sierra County Sentinel [Sierra County]
- Silver City Daily Press & Independent [Silver City]
- Taos News [Taos]
- Timberon Mountaineer [Timberon]
- Weekly Alibi [Albuquerque]
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