The illegal wildlife trade is a multi-billion dollar business and the fourth most lucrative transnational crime after drugs, weapons and human trafficking. The Department of Justice, FBI and CIA recognize the seriousness of wildlife trafficking and that the United States is a source, transit and destination country. While the federal government has banned most international imports and exports of elephant ivory, as well as interstate trade, ivory continues to be sold in New Mexico. So does rhino horn.
In 2017 New Mexico's Wildlife Trafficking Act SB 81 passed the Senate and House, but was then pocket vetoed by Governor Martinez. In spite of the fact that there was overwhelming bipartisan support, the law was never signed it into law. In 2019 Senator Mimi Stewart reintroduced the Wildlife Trafficking Act as SB 38. Please help make New Mexico become the 10th state to pass a comprehensive ivory and rhino horn ban by contacting your representatives in the state Senate and House of Representatives in support for this bill until it is signed into law!