FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 30, 2017
SANTA FE, N.M. – Animal Protection Voters (APV), via its political action committee APV-PAC, announced today its endorsement of Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham for the next governor of New Mexico.
In the face of a presidency and Congress that are undermining and reversing progress for national animal protections, it is vital that the state’s next governor stand ready to protect animals at the state level and uphold the humane values of New Mexican voters. As the leading legislative and political advocacy organization for animal protection in New Mexico, APV enthusiastically supports Lujan Grisham as the best choice for voters who want to protect New Mexico’s animals.
“As an animal lover and proud dog and cat owner, I’m honored to have the endorsement of the Animal Protection Voters,” said Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham. “In Congress I support laws to stop animal cruelty and have been a leader to end horse slaughter. As governor, I’ll advocate for laws that help ensure the ethical treatment of our animals. Whether it’s providing protective vests to police dogs or critical funding for spaying and neutering pets, Animal Protection Voters serves an important role in New Mexico.”
“New Mexico’s next governor will play a monumentally important role in the lives and wellbeing of animals in our homes, in our communities, and in the wild,” said Elisabeth Jennings, Executive Director of APV. “Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham has not only shown consistent support for pro-animal policies, but also played a crucial leadership role on significant animal protection legislation, making her the clear standout candidate in the 2018 gubernatorial race. Voters can find in her a strong, competent and compassionate voice for New Mexicans’ humane values.”
Congresswoman Lujan Grisham’s history of animal advocacy is well demonstrated during her years serving in the U.S. House of Representatives. Notably, she has taken a strong stand against the slaughter of American horses for human consumption—by leading an amendment to the FY18 Agriculture Appropriations bill to prohibit funds being used in the bill to slaughter wild horses and burros, and by cosponsoring the Safeguard American Food Exports Act to prohibit equine slaughter and transport to slaughter.
Additionally, Lujan Grisham has fought to stop the Chinese dog meat trade, ban cruel horse “soring,” criminalize the creation of animal “crush videos,” crack down on unfettered use of toxic pesticides that threaten native bees and birds, foster life-saving partnerships between veterans and service animals, and protect domestic violence victims and their companion animals.
Animal Protection Voters/APV-PAC issues endorsements based on candidates’ records and positions on animal protection issues and not based on party affiliation.
About Animal Protection Voters
Founded in 2002, Animal Protection Voters is the leading legislative and political advocacy organization for animal protection in New Mexico. Its mission is to:
- Actively promote and support animal-friendly legislation at the state, federal, and local levels;
- Build an effective political voice for animal advocacy in New Mexico; and
- Hold New Mexico’s elected officials accountable on animal issues.
For more information about Animal Protection Voters’ accomplishments, current priority issues, and annual scorecards, please visit www.apvnm.org, and be sure to follow Animal Protection Voters on Facebook and Twitter.
About Animal Protection Voters-Political Action Committee (APV-PAC)
APV-PAC is the only political action committee in New Mexico dedicated solely to electing humane state lawmakers that support animal protection. Follow APV-PAC on Facebook to stay updated on its election work throughout the state.