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Action to avoid another catastrophic pandemic received meaningful support this week when the German Ambassador to the UN announced his country seeks a global shut-down of all wildlife meat markets. Friends of Animals wrote to Ambassador Heusgen this spring requesting such action.
What diseases like Covid-19, Ebola and AIDS have in common is that they jump to humans from wild animals during hunting, trade and consumption, including at wet markets. Friends of Animals new partnership with Senegal’s National Parks Directorate to create village vegetable gardens as new sources of nutrition for nine villages adjacent to the 1.5 million-acre Ferlo North Wildlife Refuge is the change that is needed to prevent future pandemics and reduce habitat destruction.
Friends of Animals and Canada Geese Protection Colorado are challenging U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services Division, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Denver Parks and Recreation for their ill-informed plan to round up and slaughter 4,000 resident Canada geese in Denver and process them to feed the needy to solve a perceived “goose poop” problem in a lawsuit filed this month.
Friends of Animals is calling on the World Health Organization and the United Nations to avoid another pandemic by shuttering world wet markets where millions of wild animals are killed and sold for consumption, often for luxury tastes in exotic species.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service unlawfully denied a petition to list a population segment of Yellowstone bison under the Endangered Species Act, Friends of Animals, along with the Western Watersheds Project and Buffalo Field Campaign, said in a complaint filed in federal court Monday.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s Service refusal to take action to protect elephants from a skin trade that has depleted the population of pachyderms is jeopardizing their chances to survive as a species, Friends of Animals stated in a recent lawsuit filed by its Wildlife Law Program in U.S. District Court in Washington D.C.
FoA petitions feds for ESA listing for struggling Giant Devil Ray
February 6, 2020
One of the world’s largest species of ray on the planet, the Giant Devil Ray, is in imminent danger of extinction and the U.S. should move to place them on the endangered species list, Friends of Animals said in a legal petition filed with federal officials.
FoA calls on NYS to ban trophy imports of endangered wildlife
January 21, 2020
Donald Trump Jr.’s latest hunting escapade in Mongolia, where he shot a rare Argali sheep and received the permit to do so only after the kill signals that it is more than time for New York State — the biggest port of entry for wildlife trophies — to take steps towards ending this cruel industry and support legislation before the General Assembly.
FoA intervenes to force FWS to protect barred owls
September 25, 2019
U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s issuance of permits that allow barred owls to be slaughtered is in direct conflict of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Friends of Animals said in a submission to the international Commission for Environmental Cooperation—comprised of Canada, Mexico and the U.S.
FoA files emergency petition to keep African elephants out of U.S. zoos
September 5, 2019
Friends of Animals has filed an emergency rulemaking petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restrict the ability of U.S. zoos to import African elephants.
The end of the elephant-to-zoo trade marked by today’s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species decision in Geneva is a victory for Friends of Animals efforts to make sure that no other pachyderms would suffer the cruelty of being ripped from the wild for a life in captivity and that the 18 elephants destined for U.S. zoos in 2016 would be the last to ever have to endure this.
A federal judge ruled in a cased argued by Friends of Animals that the National Marine Fisheries Service illegally denied Endangered Species Act protections for the imperiled queen conch.
Groups Agree Oregon primates will stay together at sanctuary
Seven chimps will be able to stay together under the care of new management of an Oregon-based sanctuary under an agreement. The resolution was reached after Primarily Primates Inc, Friends of Animals’ Texas-based sanctuary sued Chimps Inc. to prevent two of the primates from being moved from the Tumalo-based sanctuary to a research lab.
Exploiters of elephants spotlighted this week in the New York Times Magazine presented the plight of pachyderms in binary terms. They either had to be shot, or sent to live out their lives in captivity in the limited space of zoos, on display to the public and away from their social and community herds. But that simply is not true, according to Friends of Animals.
June 5, 2019
The televisions screens of New York City residents will go dark this week when Friends of Animals, an international nonprofit wildlife advocacy organization, airs its provocative ad spotlighting the atrocities of the fur industry.
New Poll: New York City Voters Reject Fur
May 13, 2019
An overwhelming majority of NYC voters support banning the sale of fur apparel in the city, according to the results of a newly released poll. The poll, conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research, found that 75 percent of respondents support a citywide law to prohibit the sale of fur apparel.
New York City should move quickly to protect the public from toxic pesticides by enacting an immediate moratorium on the use of glyphosate-based products such as Roundup and passing legislation that would restrict their use in city parks and lands.
The ASPCA and HSUS have thrown in the towel when it comes to protecting America’s wild horses by capitulating to the Bureau of Land Management and its wild horse extinction plan. It’s the exact opposite of what a compassionate, thoughtful animal advocacy group should do,” Friends of Animals President Priscilla Feral said in a statement released Tuesday about the wild horse coalition’s proposed management plan.
FoA: NYC is finally flipping off fur
March 27, 2019
New York City, one of the big four fashion capitals of the world, is taking action to Flip off Fur after decades of efforts by Friends of Animals to end the cruelty of the fur industry.
The Bureau of Land Management has withdrawn a policy change Friends of Animals challenged in a lawsuit that would have allowed the agency to sell two dozen wild horses at a time with no questions asked to get around a Congressional ban on slaughter.
Lawmakers in CT are reviewing a bipartisan bill drafted by FoA that would ban the importation, sale, possession and transportation of Africa’s Big 5 and their body parts in Connecticut. Trophy import permits have been issued to CT residents from Greenwich, North Haven, Norwalk, Berlin, Stamford, Westport, Weston, Easton, Southington, and Middletown.
Animal right advocates urge Gov. Lamont to oppose a bear hunt in CT
January 28, 2019
Friends of Animals is joining with CT Votes for Animals and the CT Chapter of the Humane Society of the United States in urging Governor Ned Lamont to oppose a bear hunt in the state and strengthen regulations to help mitigate bear-human conflicts.
The price of stealing freedom from elephants
January 9, 2019
Friends of Animals will lead a discussion with noted author and educator Charles Siebert about the fight to prevent a lifetime of captivity inside commercial attractions in the U.S.—including the Sedgewick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas—for 18 Swaziland elephants.
FOA brings Worldwide Rally against Trophy Hunting to NYC Jan. 12
January 8, 2019
Friends of Animals is calling on New York State, the largest port of entry for wildlife trophies in the nation, to ban them. FoA will reveal legislation at the Worldwide Rally Against Trophy Hunting (WRATH), held with CompassionWorks International in New York City on Jan. 12.
Proposed NYC new hack line rule just a ploy
January 7, 2019
The Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages and Friends of Animals are opposed to the relocation of the New York City carriage horse hack line to three locations because it is a disingenuous ploy.
FoA to DOI: End the Import of Elephant Skins
December 19, 2018
Friends of Animals has petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restrict the import of elephant skins that is contributing to the decimation of the species. More than 2,000 whole African elephant skins were imported to the U.S. from Zimbabwe and South Africa in 2016.
Friends of Animals has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., against the U.S. Forest Service (FS) because of its plan to sell wild horses from public lands in California without limitations.
Friends of Animals has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Oregon challenging the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) decision to move forward with its Warm Springs’ mare sterilization experiment and 10-year management plan that threatens the freedom of the wild horses.
Idaho game commissioner Blake Fischer’s resignation following an email he sent boasting about his slaughter of a family of baboons and other animals during a hunting trip to Africa calls attention to the myth of hunting as an ethical conservation effort, Friends of Animals President Priscilla Feral said in a statement released Tuesday.
DeBlasio’s new proposal is not a win for carriage horses
September 18, 2018
Mayor Bill de Blasio has directed his administration to move the Central Park location where horse carriages wait for passengers to five boarding areas within the park. While it may seem like a victory, the truth is it’s anything but a win for equines.
FoA sues FWS to protect Utah prairie dogs from eradication
August 22, 2018
A change in federal policy that would allow the removal and killing of thousands of threatened Utah prairie dogs imperils the species to appease a relentless local drive for development, Friends of Animals asserts in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Utah. FoA’s lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service challenges the agency’s April 2018 decision to rollback previous habitat conservation plans and mitigation methods established to protect the prairie dogs.
Friends of Animals has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Oregon challenging the Bureau of Land Management’s 2018 Wild Horse Sale Policy, which was quietly issued on May 25 to get around a Congressional ban on slaughter.
More than three dozen permits were issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to U.S. hunters to bring back lion parts – known as trophies – from Zimbabwe and Zambia between 2016-2018. More than half of the hunters who received the permits are GOP donors, connected to the Trump administration or the Safari Club International. The permits show that the current administration not only has loosened restrictions on lion hunting, but is rewarding supporters.
Humans and non-human animals sharing things in common and being treated the same sounds like a victory for the animal rights movement. But when it comes to #MeToo, it’s anything but. That issue is front and center in a ground-breaking discussion featuring three leading women in the animal rights movement.
FoA to CT DEEP: Stop shooting birds
May 22, 2018
Friends of Animals is calling on Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to immediately halt the killing of birds that are snatching fish from its hatcheries and for the state to stop subsidizing anglers’ interests.
Friends of Animals is challenging U.S Fish and Wildlife Service’s rejection of our petition to list the Pryor Mountain wild horses, a distinct population of horses who reside in Montana and Wyoming, under the Endangered Species Act, and the recent rule that inhibits the public’s ability to protect threatened and endangered species.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has not done enough to protect the Mexican gray wolf, a federal judge said Monday in a ruling that delivers a much-needed victory to the endangered species that has been pushed to the brink by hunters and the ranching industry.
In August of 2016, the Bureau of Land Management snatched 150 wild horses from within and adjacent to the Three Fingers Herd Management Area in Malheur, Oregon, after a brush fire swept through the northern portion of the area. The horses were then subjected to a life of imprisonment at the Wild Horse Corral facility in Burns. But Friends of Animals was watching, and Monday we achieved a significant victory for wild horses in Oregon and throughout the nation.
FoA sues DOI over lifting of elephant trophy ban
Friends of Animals filed suit Thursday against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for its policy change that allows trophy hunting of elephants from Zimbabwe. The policy flip issued March 1, which allows for permits on a case-by-case basis, overturns a previous ban in place since 2014 on sport-killing of the threatened pachyderms.
FoA applauds Congress’ decision to protect wild horses
March 26, 2018
Friends of Animals is relieved and thankful that Congress listened to our members and did not approve of a provision in the appropriations bill that would have allowed the slaughter of wild horses.
The creation of the Department of Interior’s International Wildlife Conservation Council will only advance the interests of the sport hunting lobby while doing nothing to protect wildlife, Friends of Animals said in a filing this week opposing its establishment.
Friends of Animals has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to release information about permits it issued to U.S. hunters importing elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia.
A federal judge ruled yesterday in a case argued by Friends of Animals that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service illegally denied Endangered Species Act protections for the Yellowstone National Park bison population.
Friends of Animals to New Yorkers: Save Africa’s Big 5
Jan. 26, 2018
Friends of Animals is calling on New York lawmakers to support its Save Africa’s Big 5 legislation to help ensure the survival of these treasured species.
FoA files lawsuit to save Nevada’s wild horses from roundups, castration
Jan. 25, 2018
Friends of Animals filed a lawsuit today to halt the Bureau of Land Management’s Ten-Year Wild Horse Roundup Decision that authorizes rounding up and permanently removing approximately 9, 525 wild horses from Antelope and Triple B wild horse complexes in Nevada and the forcible drugging of mares with fertility control and castration of stallions, some of whom will be returned to the range.
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals completely vindicated Friends of Animals’ argument for the need to ban American sport hunters from killing Zimbabwe’s dwindling elephant population. The decision is a positive development in the lawsuit Friends of Animals filed on Nov. 22 challenging U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s hurried, irrational decision made in November to reverse its three-year policy on prohibiting U.S. hunters from importing elephant trophies from Zimbabwe. Read more.
Feds secretly issued Zimbabwe elephant trophy permits
Dec. 14, 2017
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service quietly issued 16 individual permits authorizing the import of sport-hunted elephant trophies from Zimbabwe before announcing to the public in November that it was lifting its ban, Friends of Animals has learned. As a result of the information, obtained through a Freedom of Information request, FoA has amended its lawsuit filed in federal court in Washington, D.C. challenging FWS’s irrational decision to reverse its three-year policy on prohibiting U.S. hunters from importing elephant trophies from Zimbabwe. Read more.
Friends of Animals and the Zimbabwe Conservation Force are once again stepping up to safeguard elephants in Zimbabwe. The two groups have filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington, D.C. challenging U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s hurried, irrational decision to reverse its three-year policy on prohibiting U.S. hunters from importing elephant trophies from Zimbabwe. Read more.
Tis the season for bear hating propaganda/violence
Oct. 6, 2017
Oct. 9 marked the beginning of the 2017 black bear massacre in New Jersey, which has been going on since 2010 when Governor Chris Christie began vilifying black bears to cash in on campaign promises to the NRA and other pro-hunting groups like the New Jersey Outdoors Alliance, who rallied for his election. Read more.
Friends of Animals has won a battle with the Bureau of Land Management to protect wild horses in northwest Colorado. The BLM has agreed not to undertake any further removals of wild horses without first completing additional analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act. Read more.
Summit reveals heinous attitude towards America’s wild horses
August 28, 2017
U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah told the wild horse summit, which was held behind closed doors in Utah last week, that wild horse advocates care more about fundraising than the animals, but of course there were no advocates there to defend themselves because they were not invited to attend. Then the coward had the gall to joke that some members of Congress believe that “every horse is Seabiscuit. Of course, the French think every horse should be Sea-Brisket.” Read more.
Following a lawsuit filed by international animal advocacy group Friends of Animals, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has cancelled its five-year remote darting program that would have forcibly drugged Nevada’s Rocky Hill wild horses with fertility control. Read more.
(New York)—All the animals protected by Cecil’s Law (S1883 and A4010), legislation drafted by international animal advocacy group Friends of Animals (FoA), are keystone species, so they play a crucial role in the way African ecosystems function. Without lions, leopards, elephants and black and white rhinos, the ecosystems would be dramatically different or cease to exist altogether. Read more.
FoA to Kennedy: ‘You took the bait and sold out CT’s bears’
March 30, 2017
Friends of Animals is not only appalled that S.B. No. 522, a desperate attempt for a bear trophy hunt in Connecticut, was voted out of the Environment Committee, but that the committee’s co-chair Sen. Ted Kennedy, who has said “hunting is barbaric,” flip flopped and supported the bill after speaking with the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), an agency that profits from hunting licenses. Read more.
Denver, Colo.—Today, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a 2014 decision by a federal district judge in Utah that sought to strip the Utah prairie dog of federal protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Read more.
Friends of Animals (FoA) just obtained another remarkable victory for wild horses—the organization challenged one of the largest wild horse roundups in Wyoming’s Red Desert Complex and won. Read more.
FoA to DNR: Hands off Michigan’s mute swans
Feb. 22, 2017
International animal advocacy group Friends of Animals is repulsed to learn that the Board of Trustees in Putnam Township, Michigan, approved by a 6-1 margin a resolution to allow the Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) to begin shooting all ages of mute swans and reduce numbers of swans by thousands—to the 2,000-range statewide—down from 15,500. Despite such a massacre, the misled board “felt confident that the DNR knows how to do this as humanely as possible.” Read more.
Friends of Animals filed an emergency motion today, Jan. 27, 2017, to halt the roundup of Utah’s beloved Cedar Mountain wild horse herd that was set to begin Feb. 7. Read more.
Friends of Animals (FoA) believes the trophy hunting industry is as grave and immoral as other things that occur because of the “almighty dollar”—from the sex trafficking industry and the illicit trade in “blood diamonds” to greedy, dishonest doctors profiting from the disease of addiction. Read more.
Friends of Animals wants to thank everyone who responded to our call to action tell NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign the Swan Bill—created with input from Friends of Animals (FoA) and ornithologists—which was created to save the state’s 2,200 mute swans from a government-sanctioned death sentence. Read more.