We change the laws to change their lives.
Animal Protection Voters was formed in October 2002 in New Mexico. One important tool that can be used to reduce animal suffering is passing laws that better protect animals. In order to pass local, state and federal laws, it’s necessary to build a force that our lawmakers cannot ignore. That is why we are here.
Fur trappers want to defy the will of a majority of New Mexicans in court Photo of Roxy, who strangled to death in a snare set on public land by a trapper in 2018 Yesterday, news broke that fur-trapping organizations have filed a lawsuit to try to overturn the Wildlife Conservation & Public Safety Act, [...]
By the close of the 2023 state legislative session, the New Mexico Legislature had passed 246 pieces of legislation on myriad topics, which then headed to the Governor’s desk for her final action. Here is what happened to the bills that would affect animals. POLICY BILLS PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW Senate Bill 215 [...]
It is done: The bill to criminalize sexual abuse of animals has been signed into law! Yesterday, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed Senate Bill 215, unanimously approved by the New Mexico Legislature, into law—which means effective June 16, 2023, bestiality will finally be illegal in New Mexico. We are grateful to all of the policymakers, [...]
Know When to Take Action
We know that New Mexicans are concerned about animals and appreciate legislative leaders who value animals in our society. That’s why Animal Protection Voters created this scorecard—so that voters across the state can determine if their legislators share their humane values.
All animals deserve protection from cruelty, neglect, and exploitation.
But real, lasting, systemic change for animals is only possible with strong laws on the books. And enacting these laws is not easy—it takes the tireless work of compassionate, determined, politically savvy, and well-organized advocates who will be the voice for animals in our government. That includes you.