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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:

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: We need your voice!

Thank you again for all you do!

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:

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: Then, click here to find your member's contact info:

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: 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!

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