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- December 14, 2013
- Holiday Vegan Cookie ExchangeHoliday Vegan Cookie Exchange
Time: 1:00 pm
Join us for holiday fun on Saturday, December 14 at 1:00. Come to the vegan holiday cookie exchange at Ethique Nouveau, 317 W 48th St. in Minneapolis, and experience baking magic as you get all the variety while doing only a fraction of the work. You bring 4 dozen vegan cookies and then share and swap with others who have done the same. at 1:00 pm
- Vegan Cookie GiveawayVegan Cookie Giveaway
Time: 6:00 pm
Where: The Holidazzle Parade, Nicollet Mall from 12th to 4th Street. Please join ARC volunteers as we spread some love and cheer in the form of vegan cookies during the holidays. We are going to be outside at the Holidazzle parade and give attendees a free vegan cookie along with information about veganism. This will be a fun and easy event, and feel free to stay for the parade after. Hope you can make it; we would love to have your help. Please RSVP by emailing Jenna@Animalrightscoalition.com. Once we have a team of volunteers going, Jenna will contact you to make sure we all meet in the same place. Free bus/train rides are available to the parade as well. at 6:00 pm
- Holiday Vegan Cookie ExchangeHoliday Vegan Cookie Exchange Time: 1:00 pm
- December 18, 2013
- 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
- ARC In Action MeetingARC In Action Meeting Time: 7:00 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.