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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and cruelty are cultural problems (i.e., beliefs and behaviors by individuals) and institutional problems (i.e., outdated systems and processes governing animals at state and local levels).
To achieve the above, we have two nonprofit organizations:
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 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: