One of the best ways to reduce animal suffering is to pass laws that better protect animals, and to do that that it's necessary to build a force that our federal, state and local lawmakers cannot ignore. Making animal issues important to lawmakers involves extensive lobbying, helping to elect good candidates to all kinds of public offices, and holding those officials accountable for how they vote on animal issues. This is a crucial but comprehensive approach that cannot be legally accomplished through a 501(c)(3) organization like Animal Protection of New Mexico.
Therefore in October 2002, Animal Protection Voters (APV) was formed in New Mexico. As a social welfare [501(c)(4)] organization, it is allowed to conduct unlimited lobbying. It may also secondarily engage in political activities. Visit APV's website to learn more.