Sportmen’s Weekly: New Mexico Anti-Hunting Bill Defeated 3-1-2013

 

 

March 1, 2013

 

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New Mexico Anti-Hunting Bill Defeated

On Tuesday, February 26th the New Mexico House of Representatives shot down House Bill 316, a measure banning “coyote killing contests,” by a 38 to 30 vote. Sponsored by Representative Nathan Cote (D-Las Cruces), it would have prohibited holding or participating in organized competitions with the objective of killing coyotes for prizes or entertainment. 

This would have banned many common hunting activities like coyote field trials and contests that encouraged sportsmen to hunt overpopulated coyotes.

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Animal Activists Sue Sportsmen

 

Massachusetts State Senator Mark Montigny (D-New Bedford) recently introduced a bill that would allow private individuals to file a lawsuit for the “protection and humane treatment of animals.”   This is of great concern for all sportsmen, farmers, and dog owners. Animal cruelty is already a crime in Massachusetts just as it is across the country.  Animal cruelty laws are enforced by experienced law enforcement officers, including local police forces and animal control officers, who are trained on what is and is not animal cruelty under the law and how to spot it.

Anti-Trapping Bills Introduced

 

Anti-trapping bills have been introduced in Connecticut, New Mexico, and Oregon.  Sportsmen in these states need to contact their legislators and ask them to oppose the bills.In Connecticut, House Bill 5566, sponsored by Representative Alfred Camillo (R-Old Greenwich), would ban all foothold traps within 100 feet of any school or day care property, state park, municipal park, municipal playground, public road or highway, public boat ramp, public campground, rest area, public picnic area, blazed trail, or state hiking ground.

Morrissey Cancels Show

 

A former lead singer of an 80’s English alternative rock band refused national television exposure when he withdrew from performing for “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Tuesday February 26.Morrissey, the former leader of the Smiths, cancelled the appearance because guests included stars from the reality TV show “Duck Dynasty.” An animal rights activist and vegan, Morrissey refused to perform on stage when scheduled to follow the popular duck-hunting stars, citing “moral” grounds.

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