The LOHV recognizes that animal protection requires laws and enforcement. Animal exploitation is a political issue and not just a moral one. We intend to make animal protection a mainstream political issue by building support among citizens, activists, political parties, candidates and elected representatives.
Those 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 protectiion 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.
The LOHV believes that the animal protection movement needs to establish its political influence by developing grassroots movements and establishing 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 throughout the country, and we are interested in advising people across the country in developing political advocacy groups for animal protection.
The LOHV is a strictly non-partisan organization that has endorsed candidates running on the Democratic, Republican, Green, and Working Families party lines. We endorse candidates based on their expressed commitment to working with us on passing legislation to protect animals and on the strength of their electoral campaigns.