The Houston Animal Rights Team is an all-volunteer, grass-roots organization that has been working to save animals in Houston and around the world since 1983.

To get involved with HART, simply contact us, or come to one of our events, or join our mailing list accessible via Yahoogroups.

Houston Animal Rights Team
PO Box 53928
Houston, Texas 77052


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Annual Fur Free Friday Protest at Neiman Marcus

Friday, 27th November 2015, 1-3pm

Join us in asking shoppers not to buy fur- an annual tradition now for 30 years. Come as you are- bring a sign or use one of ours!

HART Rodeo Protest 2015:

Protest Rodeo Cruelty + Promote Compassion and Veganism

Sunday, March 15th 2015
2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Reliant Park (on sidewalk along Kirby Drive between Westridge & 610)

Please join the Houston Animal Right Team & be a voice for abused, exploited, & oppressed nonhuman animals at the HLS&R and the World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest. Everything at the HLS&R promotes nonhuman animal cruelty including the carnival & concerts. Let's educate our fellow Houstonians in order to promote compassion & veganism!

Some posters will be provided, but feel free to bring your own poster & a friend!

Hope to see you there!!!

For info on rodeo animal cruelty please visit:


HART contact info:

Protest Circus Cruelty

Come out to Reliant Park & let Ringling know that they are not welcome in Houston!

Protest Schedule Houston ( Come Out for the Animals)

Saturday, July 20th @ Reliant Park: 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 21st @ Reliant Park: 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 27th @ Reliant Park: 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 28th @ Reliant Park: 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. **

** We expect that Ringling will march the animals from Reliant Stadium this night of their last performance, July 28th. It would be great to get some video & photos of this event for documentation of animal treatment!

Meet us near Westridge and Kirby, then we'll spread out

Posters & literature will be provided, but feel free to bring your own poster & some friends! For updates and messages phone 832-380-HART.

Facebook event

Join us in showing support for the tortured enslaved creatures being held as prisoners in the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus who are forced to perform unnatural acts to "entertain" humans. These poor exploited beings need You to stand up for them & educate your fellow Houstonians about The Cruelest Show On Earth!

Put Your Compassion Into Action !!!
Come to the next meeting of the Houston Animal Rights Team & help plan future activities. We’ll discuss campaigns & projects, opportunities within HART, and upcoming events!

Houston Animal Rights Team meets the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at The Vegan Cafe Located inside of SHAPE Community Center on 3815 Live Oak St. Houston, Texas.

The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for whites or women for men. ~ Alice Walker ~

Who Knew?..

..Houston has so many vegetarian restaurants?

(at left: Enoch serves up the artistic creations he and Chef Tikur create)

Here's our list:
fully vegan
Loving Hut
Vegan Cafe (Monday, Wednesday, Friday lunch/dinner   select Saturdays)
Sunshine's Deli(formerly known as Sunfired Foods) (at a new location September 2015)
Garden Kitchen (at Dr. Montgomery's clinic)
Pat Greer's Kitchen (check for hours)
Radical Eats  
Pine Forest Garden (wonderful and affordable vegan buffet- now dinner too)
Quan Yin (Now fully vegan)
Pepper Tree (popular buffet - now fully vegan)
Green Seed Vegan
R.I.P.E. Food Truck!

Cricket's Cafe
Bhojan's - now reopened
Garden of Life
Bombay Sweets
East West Chat and Sweets
Madras Pavillion
May's Ice Cream
San San Tofu
Shri Balaji Bhavan
Udipi Cafe - Hillcroft 
Vishala Restaurant

mostly vegetarian
Field of Green's
Just Juice


Chinese Indian Restaurant(Hilcroft just south of Harwin)
Jenni's Noodle House
O porto
the glass wall
jason's deli
La Fende
Baba Yega
Whole Foods
Tomo Sushi
Ziggy's Healthy grill
Which Wich
Thai Spice
Thai Pepper
Onion Creek
Einstein's Bagels
Khun Kay
Hunan Village
Hobbit Cafe

For more details on most of these places, visit


If you would like to help with the next HART event, or perhaps organize an event, email or call us, and we'll be in touch. Let's work together to make a difference. Also, we encourage all of our past volunteers to come out again, it would be great to see you.
832-380-HART ( we if we can, we are all volunteers and sometimes get overwhelmed with the volume of mail we receive )


Looking for a way to make a difference? Join veteran 'Why Vegan' leafletter Eugene's team in reaching out to the public. Along with Casey and others, these tireless activists have already distributed hundreds of thousands of vegetarian pamphlets. If you would like to join them, email Eugene at Having spoken to thousands of people, Eugene has prepared a list of his answers to common questions at


Great American Meetout
Wed, 20 March, 2013 / 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

As a part of the Great American Meatout 2013, The Houston Animal Rights Team will leaflet outside of Toyota Center with vegan literature. To help, find us at Polk & La Branch @ 5:45 p.m.. Then, if you like, join us as we pitch in with with Food Not Bombs, providing free vegetarian food to the needy (521 Lamar, 77002 in the Downtown Library Courtyard) @ 8 p.m..

-> for more information

Houston Rodeo Action 2013

Speak out for the animals- against calf roping, the sale of innocent creatures for slaughter and breeding, and all the other completely needless abuses of the rodeo. Even if our numbers are small, at least in the future they won't be able to say that no one was there to speak out against this barbaric event.


Protest the Animal Cruelty of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo
Reliant Park
(Kirby between 610 & Westridge)

Sunday, March 10th
2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Sunday, March 17th
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Posters & leaflets will be provided. However, feel free to bring your own poster & a friend!

Hope to see you there!!!

HART Contact Info
Houston Animal Rights Team
P.O. Box 53928
Houston, TX 77052-3928


Circus Protest Time Again

Ringling Bros & Barnum Bailey Circus coming to Houston - Thursday July 12 - Sunday July 29, 2012 at Reliant Stadium. Contact us at to get involved.

Full Protest Schedule (at  Reliant Park, Kirby Drive and 610 feeder in Houston, TX):
Saturday 7/14 — 10:30 to 12 noon 
Sunday 7/15 — 4:30 to 6 pm 
Saturday 7/21 — 6:30 to 8 pm 
Sunday 7/29 — 4:30 to 6 pm

Letters to Editor
Great idea!  If several people submit a letter to the editor there is a greater chance that one will be printed.  A published letter can inform many thousands of our fellow Houstonians about the animal abuse & neglect at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
 So please put your writing talents to work for our enslaved friends forced to live under Ringling's tyranny!
~ Alma

To write letters to the editor of the Houston Chronicle, the guidelines are as follows:
Send letters to the editor, 250 words or less, as part of e-mail text to Include name, address, and day and evening phone numbers for verification purposes only. Letters subject to editing. 
(They declined to publish this letter sent in by one of our activists, so we clearly need to send them lots on the topic) 

[Sample Letter]

Dear Editor

I would like to inform your readers considering attending the coming circus of why they should not attend. The use of live animals for entertainment is more than unfashionable—it is immoral by any standards. Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is among the very worst documented abusers of elephants in business. For the well-being of both the animals and your readers, I ask them to consider alternative entertainment.

As a result of brutality against and neglect of animals, a 270 thousand dollar fine was recently administered to Ringling by the USDA for violating the Animal Welfare Act. The industry practice of beating elephants with bullhooks is routine and barbaric. The animals on show have been coerced with repetitive violence. Instead of roaming freely with their families, these animals are kept chained and on trains most of their lives. The over 100 million dollars in revenue the elephants bring to Feld Entertainment mean we will have to vote with our feet to stop it.

Ringling has also been found to have failed to test and treat tuberculosis in their captive animals. This means any contact with them may be a fatal health risk to adults and children attending.

Several US states and many nations have banned animal circuses outright or banned practices of abuse that Ringling and other circuses use daily, including bullhooks and chains. Concerts, parks, sporting events, children's museums, and human circuses are cruelty-free alternatives available. Skip the circus for another pastime. The kids will thank you now and as adults, as I have mine.


(name, address & phone - for verification purposes only - will not be published)

Fur Free Friday

Thursday, 11-24-11 (Morning - Time TBA)
Leafletting at Houston's annual ThanksTaking Day Parade (Downtown) Please let me know if you can come out to help enlighten your fellow Houstonians.

*************************************************** Thursday, 11-24-11 (Evening - Time TBA) Leafletting at Uptown Lighting (Galleria Area on Post Oak Blvd between San Felipe & Westheimer) ***************************************************

Friday, 11-25-11 (Noon - 3 p.m.) FUR FREE FRIDAY is on November 25th Neiman Marcus - Galleria2600 Post Oak Blvd. (Between Westheimer & W. Alabama)

Demo at Neiman Carcass - Galleria with Houston Animal Rights Team & In Solidarity With Animals (and other Houston activists)

Japan Dolphins Day in Houston

Location: Consulate-General of Japan at Houston, 909 Fannin Street, Suite
3000 Houston, TX 77010
Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Date: September 1, 2011
Organizer: Cheryl Gordon

Facebook page for the event

September 1, 2011 is the start of the Taiji Dolphin Hunt. During the 2010-2011 drive hunt, the Taiji Fisheries Union killed 850 dolphins. An additional 171 were sold into captivity.

We are rallying together at the General Consulate of Japan. Our message is simple: JAPAN, LET THE DOLPHINS LIVE & BE FREE!!!

This will be a peaceful protest. Please bring signs (but not on stakes).


This event is being coordinated with the International Day of Awareness for the Dolphins of Taiji Event
created by Save Misty the Dolphin and "Celebrate Japan Dolphin Day" of Save Japan Dolphins.

If you have any questions regarding the event, please post a message on the Event Wall for Event Coordinator Cheryl Gordon ~ Thank YOU!