Mission of the League of Humane Voters® (LOHV)
is to create, unite, and strengthen local political action
committees, which work to enact animal-friendly legislation
and elect candidates for public office who will use their
votes and influence for animal protection.
LOHV recognizes that animal protection
requires laws and enforcement. Animal exploitation is
a political issue and not just a moral one, and we intend
to make animal protection a mainstream political issue
by building support among citizens, activists, political
parties, candidates and elected representatives.
who hold elective office can pass and enforce
laws to protect animals. After careful interviews, the LOHV
endorses candidates and then campaigns for their election to
public office. We then get out the vote and deliver it for
our candidates. Once in office, we lobby the office-holders
we helped to get elected to help us enact animal protective
legislation. LOHV Chapters are independently operating entities.
Unlike many animal protection organizations, which are established
with the IRS as 501(c3) organizations, contributions to the
LOHV are not tax-deductible because of our work to influence
the political process. For our existing chapters please visit
our chapters page.
LOHV believes that the animal protective
movement needs to establish its political influence
first by developing grassroots movements and influence
at the local level. While we occasionally support
the election of candidates for federal office, our
primary focus is on the state, county and municipal
levels of government. We believe that our methods
can be replicated in throughout the country, and
are interested in advising people all across the
country in developing animal political advocacy groups.
The LOHV is a strictly
non-partisan organization, and has
endorsed candidates running on the Democratic, Republican,
Green, and Working Families Party lines. We endorse
candidates strictly on their expressed commitment
to work with us on passing legislation to protect
animals and on the strength of their electoral campaigns.