Friends of Animals was alarmed by the news that last week Connecticut’s New Milford Center Cemetery opened fire on woodchucks allegedly causing damage to grounds and headstones.  


A certified hunter was authorized to use a .22 rifle and a crossbow.


Which is why we have a jeer today for the superintendent at Center Cemetery, Mike Sennello, for allowing this cruel hunt to take place on the property.


We are asking members to contact Mike Sennello and tell him to abandon this inhumane plan, which is also a public safety threat.

Tell him you demand he use non-lethal traps to catch the woodchucks and relocate them instead of this wipe-out plan. Another natural method to get woodchucks to relocate from an area is to make a repellent by mashing hot peppers in a blender with wax and spreading the mixture around the perimeter of the area you do not want the woodchucks in.

Call Sennello at 203-942-0881 or email

With the arguments against horse-drawn carriages in Southwest Florida began with the area’s unforgiving climate and ended with potential leg injuries on hard pavement, with all kinds of inhumane treatment in-between…why did the city council of Fort Myers decide to allow the advertising of an ordinance that would allow horse-drawn carriages in the downtown? We have a big jeer to the city council today for not taking facts into consideration while making this decision that promotes the mistreatment of horses.


Several people at Monday night’s Fort Myers City Council meeting — where the proposal to allow the carriages was discussed — made it clear they’re not onboard with the idea.Madeleine Doran, an animal rights activist, was among them and told ABC news that the horses shouldn’t be working in the state at all “Horse-drawn carriages are not romantic. They’re not quaint,” she said. “They’re cruel. The pavement is 50 degrees hotter than the weather reports for any given day.”


The city council did agree to reconsider the decision before October 19th and said in the meantime, city leaders will reach out to cities like Savannah, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina, which have carriages. We would urge the council to pay close attention to the abuses carriage-horses face while living a nose to tailpipe existence and the huge potential for dangerous accidents to occur when mixing animals with busy city streets.


We have long protested the use of horse-carriages on city streets in New York and have succeeded in having Bill #573 introduced in City Council which would help get these abused horses off dangerous streets and into waiting sanctuaries. Fort Myers should choose to take a step forward into the 21st century instead of two steps backwards by allowing this cruel and out-dated form of transportation to exist on their city streets.

1. Contact the Mayor of Fort Myers today and tell him he should support a ban on carriage-horses.


2. You can also take action by contacting Fort Myers’ City Council and urging them not to allow this cruel and abusive industry into their city. You can send them our five facts about the carriage-horse industry right here or write your own message and email them via the addresses located below.



Thomas C. Leonardo, Ward 6