Santa Fe, N.M. – In advance of the 2017 New Mexico legislative session, a coalition of non-profit wildlife advocacy organizations are hosting the United States premiere of a new documentary film to raise awareness, debunk myths and inspire action to end the cruel and senseless slaughter of wildlife in killing contests. By showing the film in several locations across the state, opponents of wildlife killing contests hope to grow active support among New Mexico citizens for impending legislation to end the barbaric death games targeting coyotes.
The film, Unfair Game: Ending Wildlife Killing Contests, will be screened in Las Cruces, Albuquerque and Santa Fe, and features interviews with prominent scientists, ranchers, hunters, government officials and advocates who discuss the ecological importance of coyotes and shed light on false claims used to perpetuate coyote killing contests. The film, produced by Project Coyote, also highlights the importance of grassroots advocacy in the prohibition of these contests.
After each screening, the audience will learn more about the monumental effort in New Mexico to eliminate cruel killing contests from our landscape by hearing a lively panel discussion with experts like best-selling author Dan Flores (Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History), former New Mexico Land Commissioner Ray Powell, and representatives from Project Coyote, Animal Protection Voters, and the Southwest Environmental Center.
Coyote killing contests are organized events in which participants compete for prizes by attempting to kill the most coyotes over a certain time period, often featuring special awards for largest and smallest killed. Prizes often include cash and firearms. These contests occur frequently across New Mexico on both private and public lands, including U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and State Trust lands, though contest promoters rarely share with the public the locations where the contestants are shooting firearms.
The film screening locations and dates are as follows:
January 5th — Rio Grande Theater, Las Cruces 7:00pm Post-screening panel includes: Kevin Bixby, Executive Director of SWEC, Camilla Fox and Dave Parsons of Project Coyote, New Mexico State Senator-Elect Jeff Steinborn, and hunter David Soules.
January 7th – The Guild, Albuquerque 1:00pm Post screening panel includes: best-selling author Dan Flores (Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History), Former New Mexico State Land Commissioner Ray Powell, Camilla Fox, Dave Parsons, and Jessica Johnson from Animal Protection Voters of New Mexico.
January 8th – Jean Cocteau Cinema, Santa Fe 5:00pm Post screening panel includes: best-selling author Dan Flores (Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History), Former New Mexico State Land Commissioner Ray Powell, Camilla Fox, Dave Parsons, and Jessica Johnson from Animal Protection Voters of New Mexico.
Interested persons can download flyers for each event, find more information and RSVP here.