Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Bills Aim To Protect Animals.(Legislature)

Byline: Tania Soussan Journal Staff Writer

Measures Cover Fighting, Lab Research, Amphibians

A handful of bills before the Legislature this session would give animals both wild and domestic increased protection from cruelty and other abuses, supporters say.

Lawmakers are being asked to outlaw all animal fighting, make animal research labs accountable under cruelty laws and protect wild reptiles and amphibians. Two other bills would make it easier for agencies to crack down on poachers and people who violate livestock laws.

Under current law, dogfighting is illegal in New Mexico. Sen. Nancy Rodriguez, D-Santa Fe, is sponsoring a bill that would expand the law to cover all animals. …

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