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Animals make us better humans

We’re Minnesotans. This is our State and we care about what happens within our communities — to animals as well as to people.

Our passion and focus are for animals because we believe animal neglect and cruelty are still common and even acceptable by some.

Our fight for animals, however, is not just about animals. This is about human behavior, and how we, as people, view and treat other species — humanely or inhumanely. We believe Minnesotans know what is right, and want to take action.


Our mission and vision

Animal neglect and cruelty have been happening for centuries. We don’t expect to change attitudes about animals overnight, but we’re at least going to try and provoke discussion.

We believe animal neglect and cruelty are cultural problems (i.e., beliefs and behaviors by individuals) and institutional problems (i.e., outdated systems and processes governing animals at state and local levels).

Our mission: To protect animals and prevent animal cruelty by creating a modern system of animal law enforcement in Minnesota.

This will be accomplished by working collaboratively with state and local authorities so as to help 1) improve governance and "systems" that oversee animal issues and 2) improve enforcement of animal laws, including the creation of new laws or rules if needed.

To achieve the above, we have two nonprofit organizations:


Animal Folks

Animal Folks (AF) is a 501c3 research-based animal protection organization. The purpose of our research is to lay a foundation for systemic change (i.e., processes, tools, training) involving animals in Minnesota, so to help improve enforcement of these laws. As part of our efforts, AF also files animal cruelty complaints and conducts considerable research on the pet trade. Donations are tax-deductible. Programs include:  

• Animal Cruelty Research

We collect data on animal cruelty issues and cases, and define the problems associated with animal neglect and cruelty in Minnesota.  

• Criminal Justice Program

We file animal cruelty compliants and build relationships with local and state authorities throughout Minnesota.

• Animal Law System Reform

This is the 50,000 foot view. We assess what is needed systemically to develop sustainable reforms for the enforcement of animal law and prevention of animal cruelty in Minnesota.

• Animal Law Resources

This is tactical, feet-on-the-ground. We develop training programs, processes, forms and other resources for use for various authorities (i.e., veterinarians, law enforcement, prosecutors) in the investigation and enforcement of animal law.

• Outreach and Communication

We provide information and education about animal cruelty and actions through websites, literature and booths at events.

Click for a copy of the 2016 Animal Folks Annual Report.

Click for a copy of the 2015 Animal Folks Annual Report.


Animal Folks MN - Legislative Action

Animal Folks MN - Legislative Action (AFMN) is a 501c4 animal protection organization and is the legislative arm of Animal Folks, working to protect animals through legislative action, education, and advocacy. Due to direct and unlimited lobbying, donations are not tax-deductible. Programs include:

• Legislation: state and local

Write and support humane legislation at Minnesota Legislature and within local communities. Conduct lobbying of public officials; provide legislative materials.

• Advocacy

Involve and engage 7,500+ supporter database and public through e-alerts, petitions, other activities.

• Education

Educate the public about the legislative process and animal issues through websites, events, social media, literature.





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