What is Humane Dominion?
Humane Dominion is Virginia’s only political action committee (PAC) dedicated to making the Commonwealth a safer, more humane place for animals. Humane Dominion allows animal lovers across the state and beyond to join together to help elect animal-friendly candidates into office in Virginia.
Every year, bills are introduced in the General Assembly that have the potential to help or harm the animals we all love. By having legislators in office who are sympathetic to animal issues, we can be much more successful in passing laws that protect animals and defeating those that would hurt them. The more animal lovers elected into office, the more successful we can be!
Millions of animals suffer each year and it is imperative that our great rescues and shelters step in to immediately help in dire situations. However, we must also consider the long term solutions needed to stop the suffering. Laws that protect animals can help, and Humane Dominion provides an avenue to accomplish this.
Humane Dominion combines contributions from Virginia animal lovers to support and endorse candidates who have proven to be compassionate to animals as evidenced through their voting history, completion of our legislative survey, or interviews we have conducted with them.
By helping to elect animal lovers, Virginia becomes a safer place for our furry friends!
Why do Virginia’s animals need Humane Dominion?
Every day in the Virginia General Assembly, PACs represent special interest groups seeking to promote their mission and agenda. PACs are incredibly influential in policy making as these organizations not only engage in legislative advocacy, but can endorse political candidates and make financial contributions to campaigns. Thus, PACs can steward political leadership on behalf of their special interests. This is an important tool that all major special interest groups use in advancing for their goals, yet before Humane Dominion, Virginia’s animals were unrepresented.
Why do we need political leaders to work on behalf of animals?
Every day in our Commonwealth animals suffer egregious forms of cruelty, whether in puppy mills or at the hands of cruel abusers. We can’t simply rescue our way out of this problem. To prevent and reduce these acts of cruelty, the animals need stronger laws, and to enact them, there must be an organization dedicated to educating our lawmakers and stewarding political leadership to advance animal protection policies. Humane Dominion is the critically missing piece in the landscape of the animal protection movement and will complement and leverage the efforts of existing rescue groups, 501(c)3s and law enforcement efforts. Now our Virginia elected officials will have a unified voice to educate and guide policy making decisions that affect animals.
We need YOU!
Humane Dominion is only as strong as its resources and membership. Please help us spread the word about our mission and contribute however you can, either financially or through volunteerism. There are so many opportunities to get involved!