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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.

October Newsletter and Upcoming Events!

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Written by Laura Tuesday, 22 October 2013 20:58


Our awesome newsletter staff has been hard at work creating the October version of the RFA newsletter to keep everyone abreast on happenings and share some other useful information. The current version of the newsletter is available here and can also be found on our Facebook page.

There’s a lot of work that goes into this, so please take a look!


We’ve got a Halloween themed adoption event coming up on Saturday, October 26th from 11am to 2pm at Fin and Feather (5208 Lakeside Avenue) that could use some volunteer help. This is another in an ongoing series of adoption events we have partnered with Fin and Feather on as part of their agreement to stop selling dogs at the store.

Please take a moment to read the link below for more details and also to sign up for a shift if you have some available time on Saturday to help a worthy cause:

Sign Up Here:


As a reminder, RFA is partnering with the Humane Society of the United States to help conduct a seminar on “Effective Advocacy for Animals”. You can find more details at the link, below, but the seminar is Tuesday, October 29th at 6:30pm at the Glen Allen Library.

We encourage RFA folks to come out and show your support while you learn some good information on how to be better advocates for animals in our area.

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Thanks, as always, for everyone's ongoing support of RFA.

Bull Run? More Like a Fool Run!

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Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 16:33 Written by Laura Friday, 30 August 2013 16:32

Enjoy this article and scroll through to the bottom of the article to see the big handful of links of other press coverage we got protesting the bull run. Huge congrats to Will for coordinating all of the media outreach, and to everyone who attended and helped out! Have a great holiday weekend!


Bull Run? More Like a Fool Run

Posted: Friday, August 30, 2013 6:00 am


Has society reached the point that humans will do virtually anything to amuse themselves and others? Even running with or from 1,500-pound bulls around a dirt track designed for auto racing?

Sadly to say, it has reached that point in Dinwiddie County, just south of Colonial Heights, where 4,000 people paid as much as $75 last Saturday for the chance to outrace 15 rodeo bulls and nine steers around the track at Virginia Motorsports Park.

The conclusion of the event only added more depravity to the entire scene when runners and spectators engaged in an epic food fight armed with 45,000 pounds of tomatoes. Wouldn’t that be enough tomatoes to provide the nutritious vegetable and juice for thousands of hungry people for a day or two? Of course it would. But once the effect of the beer vendors had kicked in, there was no stopping the food fight.

So who would participate in such an event?

Bill Slaughter, 50, of Colonial Heights unwittingly provided one answer. “There are no more dragons left to slay. It’s time to do something a little crazy,” he said.

Organizers called it the Great Bull Run, as they fancied it a re-creation of the famed running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. And it won’t stop in Dinwiddie. A second event is planned for Oct. 19 in Atlanta, with others to follow in Texas, Florida, California and Pennsylvania.

The Humane Society of the United States, meanwhile, is looking into whether the animals were treated humanely both in Dinwiddie and at future events. The organization sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture outlining why it thinks the event violates the Animal Welfare Act. “I just don’t see how this can ever be acceptable,” said John Goodwin, the Humane Society’s director of animal cruelty policy.

The animals were transported to the race track in Dinwiddie from a rodeo ranch in Kentucky.

Other animal rights activists weighed in on the foolishness, including People of the Ethical Treatment of Animals. “This type of thing is a throwback to a time when we thought nothing of animals, and we thought torturing them was acceptable,” said Ashley Byrne, a campaign specialist for PETA.

William Lowery, a volunteer with Richmond Friends of Animals, organized a protest urging that the event be stopped. The group was not successful, but it did manage to call attention to the idiocy of the event. He said the event was based on “the preposterous notion that paying $50 or more to ‘run from’ animals that have been forced into an uncomfortable environment … are doing anything but ‘chasing’ participants is somehow a necessary, valid and justifiable form of entertainment.”

What’s the point of the bull run, other than to stress the bulls and perhaps maim a human or two who does not run as fast as he thought he could? It’s a moronic event in Dinwiddie County that has nothing to do with agricultural enterprises and everything to do with humans who clearly have run out of creative ways to spend their weekends.


Thank you for protesting the cruel bull run!

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Written by Laura Tuesday, 27 August 2013 14:50

We just wanted to send a quick note of appreciation to everyone who attended the "Great" Bull Run protest on Saturday as well as those who could not attend but helped via spreading the word, making posters or just being with us in spirit. 

We had about 30 protesters out on Saturday and lined the entire entrance to the Motorsports Park. No one who entered could miss our message. Part of our group included a large contingent from PETA who drove in from Norfolk to support the effort which we appreciated. 

While the reaction of the attendees was what we expected, we had numerous honks and waves of support from passers by on the main road. The State Police were especially accommodating to us in resolving some parking issues and a couple of runners even walked over and were respectful of our message while indicating the event itself wasn't really worth their drive, which we were glad to hear. 

We had great interest from the media as well. 

All in all, almost everyone will have heard our message and some percentage will think differently about these events in the future and choose not to take part, which is success for us. 

Thanks again for everyone's support. As the first bull run in the United States with many more planned, I think we set a great precedent for other cities to help build momentum for their opposition to this event.


Let's stop this bull run NOW!

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Written by Laura Monday, 19 August 2013 14:28

Please take action TODAY to urge the Dinwiddie Board of Supervisors to put a halt on the cruel bull run immediately! After being loaded onto trucks and, in some cases, driven hundreds of miles, the bulls bolt out of a pen in panic when the starting gate opens and horse-mounted "wranglers" chase them from behind. As the 1500-pound animals are forced to stampede, they can crash into metal barriers, fall and break their legs, or collide with and injure each other. An event last year organized by Running of the Bulls America resulted in several hospitalizations of participants.

Let's get this cruelty stopped before our planned protest this Saturday!
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Thanks for all you do! We will keep you updated with the latest on the bull run and our protest plans.

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