October 5, 2015
Next coyote killing-contest to be held Oct. 9-11, 2015
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Animal Protection Voters (APV) and Southwest Environmental Center (SWEC) have renewed calls for a statewide ban on the cruel and dangerous practice of animal-killing contests. Contests began last month and will continue throughout the fall of 2015 and into winter of 2016. The next killing contest, which promotes and rewards indiscriminate killing of native wildlife, is set for the weekend of October 9, 2015 . Hundreds of lives are on the line if these mass killings are allowed to continue. Sen. Moores and Rep. Steinborn have joined APV and SWEC in calling for the banning of the contests.
New Mexico Desert Dogs, a Las Cruces-based club that regularly holds killing contests of coyotes and other wild animals, announced the 2015 and 2016 events on its public Facebook page in April of this year. In addition to this weekend’s killing contest, one such event occurred in September and four more additional contests have been announced through February 2016.