Friends of Animals

2,171 Supporters

Friends of Animals is a non-profit, international animal advocacy organization, incorporated in the state of New York since 1957. Friends of Animals works to cultivate a respectful view of nonhuman animals, free-living and domestic. Our goal is to free animals from cruelty and institutionalized exploitation around the world.Friends of Animal's President is Priscilla Feral, who works out of FoA's International Headquarters in Darien, Connecticut.The projects and services provided by Friends of Animals are entirely supported by membership contributions, bequests, and grants. Our continued strength depends upon the generosity of our members and donors.

We inform members about animal advocacy issues and our progress in addressing them through our magazine, Act•ionLine, our Web site and other reports. We encourage our members to get involved in their own communities as volunteer activists and as representatives of our spay/neuter project.

With the loyal support of our members and friends from all walks of life thoughout the world, each year we actively meet the needs of more animals on more fronts than any animal advocacy group of our kind.

Started 2 petitions

Petitioning American Girl Place

Cancel Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

During a brutal heat wave, while cooling centers opened up across New York City with heat advisories in force, American Girl Place, the wildly popular chain of stores geared toward young girls, held a horse-drawn carriage ride event, with three more planned this summer. On July 21, at 10:30 am, as humid temperatures approached 90 degrees and a reported heat index of 109 degrees, carriages lined up in front of the 5th Avenue and 49th Street location of American Girl Store. Forty girls climbed into carriages for a ride after dining at the store's Café. The $75 promotional event is also scheduled for, July 28th, August 4th, and August 18th, as American Girl Place’s website recommends: “Spend a delightful day with your girl in the heart of New York! Your experience begins at American Girl Place with a delicious meal in the Cafe. Then, step outside for a luxurious horse-drawn carriage ride to see the sights of Manhattan. The carriage ride continues through scenic Central Park, where your journey ends.” Friends of Animals’ New York Director, Edita Birnkrant contacted Judy Herbst, Senior Manager of Marketing for American Girl Place, and met with her at the store during the carriage ride to attempt to stop the event. Judy avoided accountability, stating that American Girl Place “does not take a political” stance on the horse-drawn carriage issue, and that “they were complying with the law.”  FoA explained to Judy that many activists, including New York State Senator Tony Avella, Assembly member Linda Rosenthal, and NYC Council Member Melissa Mark Viverito were working to change laws and prohibit the dangerous, disgraceful exploitation of the carriage horse trade on Manhattan's chaotic streets.  Please sound off to American Girl Place to cancel the three upcoming carriage rides. Sign this petition to email Judy Herbst, then call Judy Herbst at 212.401.6569. Leave a voice-mail message, if needed. You can also register your views at the main switchboard of American Girl Place's store at 212.371.2220. The wholesome image American Girl Place markets does not blend well with the controversy of New York's degrading carriage horse trade. Please make that clear to Judy Herbst. Also mention that Friends of Animals and others will protest their Thursday, July 28th event at the front entrance of their 609 Fifth Avenue & 49th Street location at 9:15am-10:30am unless the event is cancelled.

Friends of Animals
1,055 supporters
Petitioning The NV State Senate

Tell NV Senate: Don't Deny Wild Horses and Burros Water

A new bill currently sitting in the Nevada Senate, AB 329, aims to strip wild horses and burros of their federal protections under the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act by removing them from the definition of "wildlife" and denying them their basic rights to water. Nevada's horses already face cruel helicopter roundups, sterilization and slaughter. If AB 329 passes, these animals would no longer be entitled to water on public lands.  AB 329 is largely supported by cattle ranchers who want nothing more than to force wild horses and burros off public lands in order to maximize their own profits. Tell the Nevada Senate Natural Resources Committee not to discriminate against wild horses and burros. Tell them they are just like any other animal and shouldn't be denied water. Sign the petition today to oppose AB 329.   Photo credit: longhorndave

Friends of Animals
1,116 supporters