Today, April 1, Roxy’s Law — a ban on trapping on public lands more than a decade in the making — goes into effect. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed it last year.

Nearly 32 million acres of public lands, including state-owned parcels, national forests, and Bureau of Land Management holdings, will be free not only of cruel leghold traps, which can amputate and maim, but also from strangulation snares, body-crushing traps and deadly poisons like sodium cyanide bombs. From the beautiful Latir Peak Wilderness to the incredible Florida Mountains, vast amounts of New Mexico will be safer for people, pups and wildlife alike.

Along with Roxy’s Law, New Mexico has taken other meaningful steps toward protecting wildlife. In 2019, the state banned gruesome coyote-killing contests, events that reward indiscriminate and senseless massacres. Currently, the state is rolling out its plan for projects to protect wildlife from vehicle collisions along heavily used movement and migration corridors.

Chris Smith is from Northern New Mexico and works for WildEarth Guardians to protect wildlife and biodiversity across the Southwest.

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