Through Animal Protection Voters, APNM's legislative arm, APNM works to strengthen local, state and federal laws for the benefit of animals. Cruelty hotline data are analyzed to determine what new policies are needed to keep animals safe from harm. The data inform APNM about the issues of the greatest concern to the public.
One of the best ways to reduce animal suffering is to pass stronger laws protecting animals, and accomplishing this means we must continue building 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 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.