Together with our humane community, we will lobby our legislators in support of humane legislation and send a strong pro-animal message to New Mexico’s lawmakers.
On Animal Protection Lobby Day, advocates from across the state will visit their lawmaker’s offices and deliver letters encouraging them to support several important bills, including bills that will:
Criminalize Animal Sexual Abuse
New Mexico is one of only two states where animal sexual abuse is not a crime. Animal sexual abuse, also known as “bestiality” is not only cruel to animals. It is often connected to child sexual abuse, child pornography, human sex trafficking, and other violent and exploitative crimes. Evidence that sexual abuse of animals occurs is readily available, and experts report it happens more frequently than the public is aware. This bill will establish one of the strongest anti-bestiality laws in the country.
Send Homeless Horses to Equine Rescues, Not Auctions and Slaughterhouses
The outcome of work with state agencies and equine rescue professionals, this legislation aims to ensure that homeless equines in the custody of the state are less vulnerable to kill-buyers from the horse slaughter industry. This bill would give NM’s state-registered equine shelters first right of refusal, before auction, to take in homeless horses and other equines to be rehabilitated and adopted into loving homes.
Please join us and invite a friend to participate in this two-part event!
Want to get more involved? There are opportunities to help animals during the legislative session and all year long. Register to volunteer at https://apvnm.org/volunteer/
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, January 30
Lobby Training (on ZOOM)
This brief orientation will update advocates on the upcoming legislation and provide all the information needed to successfully lobby your representatives. **Upon registration, you will receive a link to this ZOOM webinar and a reminder.
Tuesday, January 31
Animal Protection Lobby Day
Join us anytime between 10am and 2pm in the West Halls of History, New Mexico State Capitol. After a brief registration, advocates will visit legislative offices to deliver pre-written letters.
Press Conference in the Capitol Rotunda
We will hold a press conference in the Capitol Rotunda to share the latest updates on our legislative work.
Parking – Free Parking is available at the Animal Protection Voters Santa Fe parking lot, while spaces last.
Attire – The New Mexico Legislature is a formal body, business or dress attire is appropriate. We highly recommend wearing comfortable shoes!
Please check your email for confirmation and details.