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Help Give a Carriage Horse a Valentine: Freedom

By Edita Birnkrant and Dustin Garrett Rhodes

 Freedom

Friends of Animals, the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages, Heart for Animals and New York City activists are holding a demonstration and outreach effort to implore the public to boycott the abusive, dangerous and decidedly unromantic horse-drawn carriage industry on Valentine's Day, February 14th, at 5:30pm. (Central Park South & Fifth Avenue, at the northwest corner of 59th Street.)

Urgent Alert: Help the Bison Get Home

As you read this, a group of formerly free-living bison are trapped and await their fate at the hands of ranchers' protectors in the U.S. government. Al Nash, spokesperson for Yellowstone National Park, has just told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle that the park will announce what will be done with some of these bison by the end of this week. [ See article. ]

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Groups Call on President Obama and Interior Secretary Salazar to End the Round Up of Wild Horses and Burros

Activists from across the country descend on DC to join the March for Mustangs

Washington, DC - The international animal advocacy group Friends of Animals (FoA) and the Cloud Foundation's Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Ginger Kathrens are calling on President Obama and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to end the round up and confinement of wild horses and burros living on public lands in the western United States.

Group to Protest Round-Up of Wild Horses and Burros

Media Advisory

Washington, DC - The international animal advocacy group Friends of Animals (FoA) will be hosting the March for Mustangs to protest the Bureau of Land Management's round up of wild horses and burros on public lands.

Become Part of the Movement - March for the Mustangs!

When: Thursday, March 25th, 1-3pm.

Where: Lafayette Square Park, Washington, DC (located directly across from White House at 16 Street and H Street, NW).

FoA Challenges Figure Skater Johnny Weir to Stop Wearing Fur

Friends of Animals sent an open letter to Olympic hopeful Johnny Weir.

The American skater is on a quest for the gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. During an interview with the New York Times, Weir boasted smugly that he "looked pretty" in his outfit, which visibly showed fur obtained from a fox on his sleeves.

Southeast Oregon Plans a Coyote Killing Derby this Weekend

Beginning this weekend, hunters in southeast Oregon will host a killing derby, where "as many coyotes as possible" will be killed for prizes such as rifles, binoculars and scopes.

According to a 13 January Big Game Hunt notice, the derby will run from 16 January through the 17th throughout Lake, Malheur, Harney, and Klamath counties. The event will be headquartered in Silver Lake, Oregon, where the final winners will be determined.

Boycott Macy's Until They End Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

For information and interviews, contact Brandon Gittelman, Director of Media Relations, Friends of Animals, Pennsylvania Chapter: 917-328-9873; E-Mail

Action Alert: Stop Bow-Hunting Deer in Westchester & Rockland County Parks

We at Friends of Animals need your help on behalf of the deer. Westchester County plans to turn 850 acres in Lasden Park and Muscoot Farm Park into deer-killing fields for bowhunters starting November 7th. A "task force" with a pro-hunting bent concluded that there was an "overpopulation" of deer, and blamed the deer for causing ecological damage. Its members made the unprecedented decision to open up parklands where hunting was formerly prohibited.

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