The Humane Society of the United States commends New Mexico’s Land Commissioner for signing an executive order today banning coyote and other wildlife killing contests on state trust lands. Kitty Block, acting president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, said:

"This is truly a landmark day for New Mexico wildlife, and we applaud the many dedicated advocates who have worked so hard to make this happen. By signing this executive order, Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard has made it clear that the Land of Enchantment will no longer tolerate these cruel, unsporting, and pointless wildlife killing contests. These gruesome events are held in nearly every state in the U.S. with participants competing to kill the most or the heaviest coyotes, bobcats, foxes, even mountain lions and countless other species. The animals are killed for nothing more than cash, prizes, and bragging rights, their bodies often discarded like trash.

We congratulate our friends at Animal Protection of New Mexico for their hard work on this initiative.

Former New Mexico Commissioner of State Lands Ray Powell has said, ‘The non-specific, indiscriminate killing methods used in this commercial and unrestricted coyote killing contest are not about hunting or sound land management. These contests are about personal profit, animal cruelty. … It is time to outlaw this highly destructive activity.’

Today, the state’s new leadership has made the right choice to put Mr. Powell’s words into action."

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