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- November 26, 2014
- Cuddle Coats PrepCuddle Coats Prep
Time: 6:00 pm
We are receiving lots of fur donations for our Cuddle Coats program and want to ship them to our wildlife rehab partners as soon as possible. Meet at Ethique Nouveau at 317 W 48th St. in Minneapolis at 6:00 pm to help prep fur coats and accessories for shipment. Wear clothes that can get a little fuzzy. This is a great, low key way to volunteer and meet some of the other people in the group while helping to save animal lives. at 6:00 pm
- ARC In Action MeetingARC In Action Meeting
Time: 7:00 pm
ARC In Action meetings are held every Wednesday from 7-8pm at our vegan store and ARC headquarters, Ethique Nouveau, located at 317 W. 48th St. in South Minneapolis (on 48th St. between Lyndale and Nicollet). Everyone is welcome - you do not have to be an ARC member to attend. Come out, meet other people who care about animals as much as you do, and see how you can get involved. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail Dallas at email@example.com. at 7:00 pm
- Cuddle Coats PrepCuddle Coats Prep Time: 6:00 pm
- November 28, 2014
- Fur Free FridayFur Free Friday
Time: 2:30 pm
Friday, November 28 is Fur Free Friday. We will be protesting outside of Ribnicks Furs and Leather (224 N 1st Street Minneapolis) on Black Friday, the largest shopping day of the year. The demo will be from 2:30-4 p.m. If you agree that it is not acceptable to commit acts of violence in the name of vanity, this event is for you. After 21 years, we are still participating in Fur Free Friday because there are many people who do not realize the realities of the fur industry, so we take this opportunity to educate the public. We will have signs and literature available, but feel free to make a personalized sign. Any questions, contact Alex Beane at firstname.lastname@example.org or Greg Kiefer at email@example.com. at 2:30 pm
- Protest the Shrine CircusProtest the Shrine Circus
Time: 5:30 pm
Protest the Shrine Circus at the Target Center, 600 1st Avenue North in Minneapolis, on Friday, 11/28 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Signs will be provided, but feel free to make your own. The Shrine Circus comes to town every year, but this year they are only here for three instead of four days, and they are here later in the year - which makes us think that maybe they are responding to a lower attendance rate and also trying to discourage protesters by coming later in the year when it will be a bit colder. BUT WE ARE MINNESOTANS and a little cold will not scare us. Wild animal circuses have been banned in other countries for being cruel and inhumane. More and more people are recognizing that it is impossible to keep wild animals who would be roaming dozens of miles per day if they were free, in small traveling box cars or trucks for so many days out of the year, hour after hour. We hope you will join us as we continue to drive ticket sales down even more this year. at 5:30 pm
- Fur Free FridayFur Free Friday Time: 2:30 pm
- November 29, 2014
- Cuddle Coats PrepCuddle Coats Prep
Time: 12:00 pm
We are receiving lots of fur donations for our Cuddle Coats program and want to ship them to our wildlife rehab partners as soon as possible. Meet at Ethique Nouveau at 317 W 48th St. in Minneapolis at noon to help prep fur coats and accessories for shipment. Wear clothes that can get a little fuzzy. This is a great, low key way to volunteer and meet some of the other people in the group while helping to save animal lives. at 12:00 pm
- Dineout at Bambu for CouplesDineout at Bambu for Couples
Time: 6:30 pm
Are both of you vegan? Would you like to hang out with other vegan couples for a meal? Come to this dine out at Bambu, 715 Beam Ave. in Maplewood on Saturday, November 29 at 6:30 pm. RSVP at Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/ at 6:30 pm
- Cuddle Coats PrepCuddle Coats Prep Time: 12:00 pm
- November 30, 2014
- Petland Protest in St. PaulPetland Protest in St. Paul
Time: 1:00 pm
If you have to be picky about which protests you attend, pick this one from 1:00-3:00 pm at the Petland store at 2123 Old Hudson Road in St. Paul on Sunday, November 30. Help send a message loud and clear that we are not going away until Petland stops selling animals from commercial breeders. Even if you can only come for part of the protest, please try to make it. The animals need you to help educate the public on their behalf. Invite your friends. Help us spread the word. Remember that we do not park or trespass in the Petland parking lot. Parking is available in the St. Paul Youth Services lot to the north of the strip mall. at 1:00 pm
- Petland Protest in St. PaulPetland Protest in St. Paul Time: 1:00 pm
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The Animal Rights Coalition operates Ethique Nouveau; a vegan boutique, where all purchases help fund our animal advocacy programs, at 317 W. 48th St. in Minneapolis. The ARC office is located at the same address.
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Not Every Cat has Nine Lives at AHS
The Animal Humane Society’s five area shelters provide impound services for over 20 cities in and around the metro area, including Afton, Minnesota. In September 2009, a group of Afton residents asked their City Council to review the animal control arrangement between Afton and AHS. This request arose from the discovery that in May 2009, seven cats were caught in live traps, taken to the AHS shelter in Woodbury, and euthanized the same day. By doing so, AHS failed to honor the five-day waiting period as required by Minnesota law. After looking into the matter, the Afton City Council voted unanimously to terminate its impound contract with AHS.
The immediate killing of the seven Afton cats was not an isolated incident. A response from AHS to a complaint filed by Animal Ark, the Animal Rights Coalition, and the No Kill Advocacy Center confirmed that AHS regularly kills strays they believe may be “feral” on arrival without holding them for the required period and without giving guardians of those cats an opportunity to find them. In fact, AHS admitted to killing about 500 cats this way in 2009.
Although AHS routinely kills “feral” cats upon arrival at their facilities, they have no established protocol for determining which cats are feral or which ones may simply be terrified companion animals. ARC, Animal Ark, and the No Kill Advocacy Center believe that guardians of shy, fearful, or unsocialized cats have as much right to reclaim their animals if they are impounded as do guardians of friendly cats.
There is no statutory language in the law that provides a basis for killing feral cats without holding them the required five days even in the unlikely event AHS staff could accurately determine which cats are feral. Additionally, there is nothing in state law that prohibits people from keeping outdoor or unsocialized cats.
Animal Ark, the Animal Rights Coalition, and the No Kill Advocacy Center are doing all we can to ensure that AHS follows state law and stops the practice of killing cats immediately upon arrival at their facilities. See Chronology of the Animal Humane Society Stray Cat Craziness for additional detail on this issue.