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UPDATE on the Bullhook Ban

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Written by Laura Friday, 09 January 2015 19:47

Hey Richmond Friends of Animals--

Unfortunately, discussion on the bullhook ban has been postponed once again. We'll keep you posted with a new date. In the meantime, to build Council support, it is important for all of those who live in the City of Richmond to contact their council members and express support for this crucial measure! Let your member know that wild animals like elephants do not naturally perform tricks and must be forced to do so with sharp, painful tools like bullhooks. Compassionate citizens of Richmond don't want to see this abuse in our city! (If you don't already know it, you can find out your district here: Then, click here to find your member's contact info:

AND--please do still plan on joining us next Saturday as we protest Alan Furs! Here are the details again:

Location: 1515 N. Parham Rd.

Date: January 17, 2015

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM


Thanks for all you do!

Richmond Friends of Animals

Help dogs in Richmond this Saturday!

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Written by Laura Tuesday, 21 October 2014 13:22

Dear Richmond Friends of Animals,

Please join us at an important local event to take a stand! See details below - we hope you can make it!

RFA is supporting this demonstration led by local activists in the dog advocacy community to speak up for the over 300 dogs who have been shot by police over the last couple of years. We are advocating for better training among police officers so that they know how to appropriately interact with a dog while they are on duty. Training videos like these offer many alternatives to shooting that keep dogs and people alike safe.

WHEN: Saturday, October 25, 12:00 pm
WHERE: Virginia State Capitol, 1000 Bank St, Richmond

Thanks for all you do for animals!

Help get rabbit meat off Whole Foods' shelves!

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Written by Laura Thursday, 21 August 2014 23:18

As you may have seen in the news, Whole Foods has recently decided to try out the sale of rabbit meat in select regions around the country, including in our own neck of the woods. Compassionate people around the country have asked Whole Foods to take rabbit meat off their shelves to no avail.
Please contact Whole Foods Short Pump and urge them to remove rabbit meat from the menu! Click this link and scroll to the bottom: Thank them for their commitment to providing cruelty-free options and politely let them know that you are opposed to their decision to add rabbit meat to the dining table.
While RFA takes a stand against the abuse and slaughter of any animal for food, especially today when healthy vegan options abound, we’re particularly concerned about Whole Foods' choice to add rabbit meat to the menu. While some animals, such as cows and pigs, are protected under federal humane slaughter regulations, rabbits, like chickens, are not. This means that they can be killed using any method, even without stunning. When workers do attempt to stun them through methods like breaking their necks or smashing their heads, the effort often fails, and rabbits end up screaming in pain as their throats are cut.
Rabbits are also smaller than other land animals consumed as food, so more animals must be killed to produce the equivalent amount of meat from one cow or pig. Therefore, the sale of rabbit meat results in an increase in both the severity of suffering endured by animals and the number of animals who are suffering.
With about 9 million rabbit companions in the United States, after cats and dogs these animals are the most popular furry household companion. Most people would be as repelled by the idea of eating a rabbit as they would about eating a cat or a dog for dinner.
Please take action today! Click here:
Thank you for your commitment to helping animals!

April Newsletter

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Written by Laura Tuesday, 22 April 2014 13:53

April's newsletter is out! Read inside to see which member is spotlighted, read about what we've been up to so far this year, discover some new great vegan offerings in town, and learn how you can help protect hermit crabs this summer! Check it out here:


The RFA January Newsletter is here!

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Written by Laura Wednesday, 15 January 2014 20:08

Want to see a recap of what RFA has been up to? Want to learn how we're kicking off 2014? Want to find out about some of the most delicious veg-friendly eateries in town? Then CLICK HERE for our January newsletter for all this and more!

Once again, a huge thank you to our newspaper staff for their hard work and thoughtful pieces!
P.S. Don't forget to join us next week, on January 23, for Lobby Day!

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