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Two opportunities to help chickens--join us!

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Written by Laura Friday, 18 September 2015 17:13

Two important demonstrations for chickens are coming up. First, please consider joining our friends at Mercy for Animals who are coming into town to protest cruelty to chickens at McDonald's suppliers. The protest will be at McDonald's at 6850 Forest Hill Ave next Thursday, September 24, from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm. Click here for more details and to sign up:

Then, join us for the first-ever Richmond Chicken Save vigil on October 8. You've probably seen the trucks that carry chickens, packed violently into crates, through all weather extremes to a violent death at the slaughterhouse. Every day, thousands of birds travel in these trucks along Hull Street, destined for the Tyson plant in Glen Allen, where they will be hung upside-down, have their throats cut open, and die painful deaths to become wings or BBQ. Let's stand together in a peaceful vigil on this route for the first-ever Richmond Chicken Save demonstration, led by Richmond Friends of Animals.

WHEN: Thursday, October 8,  5:30pm - 7:00pm
WHERE: McDonald's at 14540 Hancock Village Street, Chesterfield, Virginia 23832 (facing Hull Street)

Our vigil will serve two purposes. As the trucks pass us, we'll hold signs to recognize the suffering of these gentle animals. Additionally, we'll be standing in front of the McDonald's facing Hull St in Chesterfield. Tyson happens to be a major supplier of McDonald's chicken nuggets, so we'll be able to appeal to the dinner crowd to try compassionate meat-free eating.

Richmond Chicken Save by RFA is part of the international Save Movement, which began with Toronto Pig Save in Canada. Around the world, compassionate people hold vigils outside of slaughterhouses or on truck routes for pigs, cows, chickens, and other animals destined for painful deaths. This movement is a powerful one, as onlookers begin to make the connection between meat and the suffering behind it, while participants often have the opportunity to meet these terrified animals face-to-face and understand their suffering in a new light.

Posters will be provided. Just bring yourself and a friend! Please avoid parking directly in the McDonald's parking lot. Email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with any questions. We look forward to seeing you!

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.

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:

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

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