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 within 41 U.S. states. New Mexico is one of them.
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. New Mexico is now entering a new legislative session and the Wildlife Trafficking Act has been reintroduced as SB 38. The law would protect the elephant, rhinoceros, tiger, lion, leopard, cheetah, jaguar, pangolin, great ape, marine turtle, shark, caiman, ray and toughen wildlife trafficking penalties.
Let’s make New Mexico the 10th state to pass a comprehensive ivory and rhino horn ban. Please show your support for Wildlife Trafficking Act SB 38 by contacting your representatives today!