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Bullhook Ordinance Passed!

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Written by Laura Tuesday, 12 May 2015 00:00

Huge thank you to everyone who supported the proposed bullhook ban for the city of Richmond. The ordinance was heard tonight and by a vote of 8-1 (Kathy Graziano of the 4th District was the lone "No" vote), the ordinance passed. While the ordinance does not go into effect until 2018, its sends a symbolic message on behalf of animals and also prevents any other circuses from filling the void with elephants when Ringling leaves. RFA was represented this evening alongside the Ban the Bullhook campaign which spearheaded this effort, Richmond SPCA, HSUS and PETA along with several dozen private citizens. 

Below is an article on the passage.


http://www.richmond.com/news/local/city-of-richmond/article_a9cf93b5-077a-581b-9ce9-e9b967262cfc.html

Thanks again for everyone's support. If you live in the city of Richmond, please consider sending a note of thanks to your councilperson for their support (unless you are in the 4th District and then consider sending a note of disappointment). Here is a link to council contacts:

http://www.richmondgov.com/CityCouncil/contacts.aspx
   

Thank you for braving the rain for the animals!

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Written by Laura Friday, 13 March 2015 04:12

Thank you all to the 30 or so people who came out last night and braved the elements to speak up for the elephants, tigers, camels, and other animals used by Ringling! All the major media outlets (NBC, CBS, ABC, and the Richmond-Times Dispatch) came out and interviewed us--a first in RFA protest history! Below are some media clips.


Another highlight of the night was having a 17-year-old girl come out and JOIN our protest after learning that, despite what she'd been told, Ringling was indeed using elephants in the show. She was outraged and stood in the rain with a sign until eventually her parents came back out and suggested going to a movie, ditching the circus!

You can view photos from the opening night event on our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.828032423918903.1073741835.327953447260139&type=1

And don't forget to join us for the rest of the shows! Our next demonstration is at 6 pm tomorrow (Friday). Sign up for other time slots here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c48a8ad2aa75-protest1. We need your voice!

Thank you again for all you do!

Sincerely,
Laura Cascada
   

Watch RFA on NBC 12!

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Written by Laura Friday, 30 January 2015 22:01

Hey everyone!


Check out our interview in this piece that NBC 12 did this week about the pending bullhook ban in Richmond: http://www.nbc12.com/story/27946352/elephants

The measure has been postponed over and over again because we simply don't have enough support in the City Council yet. PLEASE take action TODAY and urge Council to vote yes on this crucial measure! (If you don't already know it, you can find out your district here: http://eservices.ci.richmond.va.us/applications/propertysearch/Search.aspx. Then, click here to find your member's contact info: http://www.richmondgov.com/CityCouncil/contacts.aspx).

If you don't live in Richmond, you can still contact Council to express support, urge your friends and family to do so, and even submit a supportive letter to the editor to a paper like the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Contact us for more details on how to help!
   

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: http://eservices.ci.richmond.va.us/applications/propertysearch/Search.aspx. Then, click here to find your member's contact info: http://www.richmondgov.com/CityCouncil/contacts.aspx)

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

PLEASE SIGN UP HERE: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090948afab23a46-january1


Thanks for all you do!

Laura
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!

FREEZE, DON'T SHOOT
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!
   

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