Cow’s Milk Hurts… Your Health, The Animals, Our Planet

The Minnesota State Fair’s primary purpose (like that of most state and county fairs) is to encourage and promote farming, specifically animal agriculture, and in doing so it also encourages and promotes the consumption of meat and dairy products. Maximizing profit is the driving force behind raising animals for humans to eat. The animals’ natural needs for space, movement, fresh air and sunshine, and social interactions are disregarded. The MN State Fair claims to bring transparency to animal agricultural practices but instead presents a highly sanitized version of the lives of farmed animals. Most of the farmed animals you see on display at the MN State Fair are living out the last days of their lives in crowded, stressful environments. 

ARC’s newest campaign, MN Fair Watch, kicks off this month highlighting the animal exploitation that happens at the MN State Fair. Last year we gathered information and documentation. Based on that research, our primary focus this year is the victims of the dairy industry, using the slogan “Cow’s Milk Hurts…Your Health, The Animals, and Our Planet.” We plan to advocate for cows used for their milk in a variety of ways during the two week fair. 

The Animal Rights Coalition invites you to advocate along with us at one or more outreach events: 

State Fair Sidewalk Chalk: Wednesday, August 24th, 7:00-8:30 pm 

State Fair TV Outreach: Thursday, August 25th, 1:00-3:00 pm 

State Fair Outreach: Saturday, August 27th, 1:00-3:00 pm 

State Fair TV Outreach: Sunday, August 28th, 1:00-3:00 pm 

State Fair Banner Drop: Tuesday, August 30th, 3:00-5:00 pm 

State Fair Outreach: Monday, September 5th, 1:00-3:00 pm

If you’re interested in volunteering at one of these events, email ARC’s Outreach Manager at