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.
The APV Scorecard grades legislators based on how they voted on a number of animal protection bills and memorials introduced during this particular session.
This year we are using an Olympic Medal theme to recognize the efforts of those legislators who were successful in introducing animal protection bills and memorials. In this issue we have awarded “Gold,” “Silver” and “Bronze” medals to our top performers.
While extremely useful, the information included here provides only one facet of each legislator’s stance on animal protection issues. Legislators can work behind the scenes to either kill or promote a bill. Committee chairs can help or hamper a bill’s progress and likelihood of success. Moreover, legislators don’t get to vote on every issue. Please keep all this in mind when reviewing this valuable document!
This year we have also included our 2015 legislative priorities: eliminating killing contests; banning traps and poisons on public land; and improving the equine adoption process for licensed horse rescues. We will also work to secure funding for the NM Livestock Board’s Horse Shelter Rescue Fund, the Animal Sheltering Board and statewide spay-neuter services, and for programs that benefit the animal and human victims of domestic violence, like APNM’s CARE program.
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