Thank you New Mexico Trappers.
NMTA and Coalition kill HB579
Text: This year’s efforts to end trapping in New Mexico have failed. The bill was tabled this morning in the House energy and Natural Resources Committee. This was the second best outcome; a Do Not Pass vote would have been slightly better. Given that there are few days remaining in this session and the strong showing made by the NMTA and our friends, this tabling vote is a death sentence for the bill.
There were two highlights of today’s brief session: Before the chair opened the meeting the R’s were caucusing somewhere. One R came into the room and a D asked him where his people were …the D’s were ready. Without hesitation Rep Madalena responded ” they’re out checking their traps”. (I liked that one, Madalena was the swing vote). After the bill was tabled, a D who supported the bill, commented , and I paraphrase here…I have never received so many e-mails and calls on a bill. I congratulate you for organizing your people. Later in the hall an R made a similar remark and thanked us.
You folks did a bang up job. Trapping would have suffered a terrible blow if it not for your hard work and diligence. I hope that we can now recommit to our goals and be even better prepared for the next round in two years.
We are not finished. When this session is over be on the watch for another e-mail with a list of legislators who need to learn of your thanks for their support. These e-mails are everry bit as important to send as were those requesting help.
Personally, I am gratified by the cooperation of my members, our coalition partners, department and legislative friends…you ROCK!
We will be making better effort throughout the year to educate the public on the affects of disease spread and the impacts states without trapping are experiencing. Public Safety is at stake and not the way the Anti- Trappers think it is.