Save the date for animal lobby day

This unique opportunity to speak up for cats, dogs, horses, and our precious wildlife only happens once every two years!

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Passing stronger laws for animals takes tremendous persistence, strategic planning, hard work and focused voices from constituents like you. Animal Protection Voters needs you at Animal Lobby Day in Santa Fe on Friday, Feb. 20 at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe.

This unique opportunity to speak up for cats, dogs, horses, and our precious wildlife only happens once every two years!

To kick off Animal Protection Voters Lobby Day, we will host a fun and informative training session on how to effectively lobby your legislators, and to provide up-to-the-minute updates on our legislative work that you can’t get anywhere else. Even if you’ve attended before, you’ll want to participate again so you can be better informed about crucial legislation.

A free vegan lunch, compliments of the ASPCA, will be provided.

You will have an opportunity to write letters to your representatives and deliver them personally.

APV will hold a press conference at the State Capitol Rotunda to provide inspiration and to hear from prominent New Mexico policy-makers why your voice matters in the legislature. We will be surrounded by a coalition of supporters for stronger animal protection laws.

Here is the schedule of events:

  • Meet at the Old PERA Building (Just east of the Capitol Building), Apodaca Hall, 1120 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe; 9 a.m. for registration, coffee and snacks; 10 a.m. for lobbyist training; 11 a.m. to free lunch and to write letters legislators in support of animal-friendly legislation.
  • Then, to the Roundhouse; 1 p.m to deliver letters to representatives and senators; 2:30 p.m. press conference for the animals.

RSVP today by visiting apvnm.org/lobbyday/register.

If you would like us to find someone in your area to carpool with, we will be happy coordinate that for you. Email Ann Gardner at Ann@APVNM.org and she will be happy to assist you.

Speak for the coyotes

On Feb. 3, after almost three hours of impassioned testimony, the Senate Conservation Committee voted 6-3 to approve Senate Bill 253, the bill to ban coyote killing contests, sponsored by Sen. Mark Moores, R-Albuquerque, and Rep. Jeff Steinborn, D-Las Cruces.

Proponents of the bill came from all parts of the state and represented a wide diversity of backgrounds and interests. Animal advocates, members of the clergy, teachers, gun owners, Republicans and Democrats alike and hunters all spoke eloquently about the need to ban hideous coyote killing contests.

Testimony from one young man from Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo was particularly poignant. He identified himself as from the Coyote Clan, spoke in his Native language and told the audience, “I am coyote.”

Another highlight of the testimony in favor of the bill provided a little humor and came from an avid hunter who proclaimed, “You can hear a great cracking sound, and that is the sound of hell freezing over as I join with the animal rights activists to support a ban on these despicable killing contests.”

Opposition to the legislation was isolated almost entirely to ranchers who predictably talked about their need for killing contests to protect their livestock, despite admitting they didn’t use killing contests on their property, and despite numerous scientific studies that prove randomly killing coyotes doesn’t reduce coyote populations. The best available science reveals that randomly killing coyotes tends to increase their populations.

SB 253 now goes onto the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration. The bill has not yet been scheduled for a hearing, but if your senator serves on this committee, please contact him/her to urge support for this bill. Animal Protection Voters has prepared this fact sheet to help you with your talking points to your legislators.

Four actions to take right now:

1. If your senator serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee please contact him/her and urge their support for SB 253.

(Our state Rep. Roberto “Bobby” Gonzales and Sen. Carlos Cisneros do not serve on this committee)

2. Be sure to support strengthening statewide laws for animals by attending Animal Lobby Day on Feb. 20 in Santa Fe.

3. Spread the word via social media.

4. Become a member of Animal Protection Voters. Your support enables our tireless work to stand up for animals and help keep New Mexicans informed on how to pass stronger laws for them.

Thank you for being in the company of a vast and compassionate group of New Mexicans standing up for coyotes who can howl but can’t lobby!

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