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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!

Thank you for an amazing 2013!

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Written by Laura Thursday, 02 January 2014 21:49

Dear Richmond Friends of Animals,

Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication in making 2013 a great year for animals in the Richmond area! With your help, we:
*Collected thousands of signatures, generated a HUGE presence outside the cruel bull run, garnered lots of local media coverage, influencing countless people on why getting chased by terrified animals is NOT fun or humane!
*Protested Ringling Circus for the 5th year in a row, showing them that Richmond won't tolerate beating and bullhooks!
*Helped get exposure and potential homes for lots of lovable pups in partnership with Richmond Animal Care and Control and Fin & Feather Pet Center!
*Tabled at several local events, getting our name and compassionate message out there!
*Delivered over 1700 petition signatures to Bistro Bobette urging the restaurant to stop dishing up cruel foie gras!
*Shared yummy recipes at potlucks and cooking demos and ate delicious food at local veg-friendly eateries!
*Continued protesting at Alan Furs and held another successful Fur-Free Friday, receiving tons of honks and thumbs up from compassionate passerby!
*Teamed up with the Humane Society to host an advocacy training, imparting skills to enact change for animals on dozens of people!
We couldn't have done it without your voices, your willingness to drive out to events, your emails to businesses asking them to make kinder decisions, and your compassion.
Here's to an even bigger 2014! And to kick it off, please join us at the below event - Lobby Day 2014! We hope to see all of your smiling faces ready for another year to help animals!
Laura Cascada
Richmond Friends of Animals

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Date: Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 11:25 PM
Subject: (EVENT) HSUS Lobby Day - January 23rd, 2014 - 9am-3pm

Good evening. 

We wanted to make everyone aware of an important event planned by HSUS in the coming weeks. 

HSUS Lobby Day is scheduled for Thursday, January 23rd from 9am to 3pm at the General Assembly Buildingand we'd encourage any RFA members who can make it to attend. This is an annual event intended to allow animal advocates face time with legislators. Individuals who have gone to prior Lobby Days have consistently indicated it was a good use of time as a direct channel to legislators who have the power to make meaningful changes on behalf of animals. 

Please click the link below to SIGN UP if you plan to attend. 
RFA members attending are encouraged to meet inside the door on the first floor of the General Assembly a few minutes prior to 9am so we can head up as a group. For any specific questions on RFA attendance or meeting places, please contact Sarah Harper at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
PLEASE SHARE - the more people we have present to represent the interest of the animals, the better for everyone!


Sign up today to take a stand against gas chambers!

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Written by Laura Sunday, 17 November 2013 19:05

We have a unique opportunity for Richmond to become one of many cities across the country that will host an event next March to take a stand against the use of gas chambers and heart-sticking - inhumane "euthanasia" methods that cause prolonged suffering.
To help us become one of the chosen cities, simply click this link and sign up to participate. If enough of us do, we'll have the opportunity to host one of these crucial awareness events. For more information, please read the article below.
After signing up, please spread this to your family and friends!
Thanks for all you do!

Nation asked to join together to ban gas chambers and heart sticks

Euthanasia by gas chamber and heart stick is cruel and inhumane


PRLog (Press Release) - Nov. 11, 2013ATLANTA -- Animal supporters nationwide are invited to sign up by November 20, 2013 to have their hometown considered to host an Anti Gas Chamber and Anti Heart Stick Event on March 22, 2014.

The idea is simple.  People, united in their belief that these acts are inhumane, will gather in their local hometowns across the country at the same time.  All animal lovers that sign up will be sorted by zip code.  Supporters in surrounding zip codes will be matched together. This is an effort to have events in hometowns across the country.  If enough people sign up in an area, we will host an event in that hometown.  All events will be listed on a website so others can attend and be educated on these cruel practices.

“A tearful call from and animal rescuer in NC who sees the evil of gas chambers in her town prompted me to do something rather than just oppose it”, says Pia Colon Wurth of Pit Bull Press Release.  “This is the first time for an event like this. We are joining together across the nation to show we will not stand quietly by but create a change.”

A gas chamber can take 20 – 30 painful minutes to kill animals.  Animals can be heard screaming and howling from inside the chamber.  A heart stick is an injection of sodium pentobarbital that is thrust through the chest wall and several layers of muscle before puncturing the heart.  Animals are often not sedated and experience a painful death.

If gas chambers and heart sticks are used in your area or if your state no longer uses these types of euthanasia, please join together so no animal may suffer.

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