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- March 8, 2014
- VegKins Story HourVegKins Story Hour
Time: 1:00 pm
Take a seat and enjoy a couple of read-aloud stories at Minnesotas only vegan store and share the wonder of books with your kids. Stories nourish young imaginations and are fun for kids and grown ups alike. All stories will be short and pro-animal - no Big Bad Wolves in these books! Ethique Nouveau is located at 317 W 48th St. in Minneapolis (between Lyndale and Nicollet). at 1:00 pm
- VegKins Story HourVegKins Story Hour Time: 1:00 pm
- March 9, 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 1:00-2:00 pm at the Petland store at 2123 Old Hudson Road in St. Paul on Sunday, March 9. Help send a message loud and clear that we are not going away until Petland stops selling animals from large-scale commercial breeding operations. 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. RSVP at Minnesota Animal Rights Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Minnesota-Animal-Rights-Meetup/ at 1:00 pm
- Petland Protest in St. PaulPetland Protest in St. Paul Time: 1:00 pm
- March 10, 2014
- Pay Per View at AugsburgPay Per View at Augsburg ARC will be doing Pay Per View tabling at Augsburg College in Minneapolis on Monday, March 10. The Pay Per View program is named for the fact that we pay people $1.00 to view a short video about typical practices on animal farms and in slaughterhouses, answer follow-up questions during a debrief conversation with a trained volunteer, and then send people home with information about how changing their eating habits can make a huge difference for animals, the earth, and themselves. If you would like to volunteer for future Pay Per View events, please contact Jenna: Jenna@animalrightscoalition.com. (All Day)
- March 12, 2014
- 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
- March 13, 2014
- Speciesism: The MovieSpeciesism: The Movie
Time: 7:00 pm
Join us for the Minnesota premiere of Speciesism: The Movie at the Lagoon Cinema, 1320 Lagoon Ave. in Minneapolis. ARC Executive Director Dallas Rising will help to introduce the movie and there will be a Q&A with the director, Mark Devries afterwards. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased here: http://speciesismthemovie.com/screenings/. THe movie takes viewers on a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening adventure across the country, to expose the biggest secrets about modern factory farms, and to ask the biggest questions about the belief that our species is more important than the rest. You will never look at animals the same way again. Especially humans. at 7:00 pm
- Speciesism: The MovieSpeciesism: The Movie 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.