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
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 based on their expressed
commitment to work with us on passing legislation
to protect animals and on the strength
of their electoral campaigns.