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- July 30, 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
- August 2, 2014
- Vegan Entrepreneurs MeetingVegan Entrepreneurs Meeting
Time: 1:00 pm
Connie and AmyLeo, long-time animal advocates and ARC members are looking to build a Vegan Services Collective and Directory. Connie is an independent realtor and AmyLeo is a vegan chef, instructor, and coach. What better way to start than to join them on Saturday, August 2 from 1:00-3:00pm at the ARC office/Ethique Nouveau, 317 W 48th St. in Minneapolis. If you are a vegan and have a business or service that you would like to promote this is for you. We will take a moment to introduce ourselves and our businesses and then discuss how we can best support our fellow vegans by purchasing their goods and services. The long-term goal is to create a directory (e-directory and possibly a paper directory). This will be a joint venture and so we are (also) seeking individuals who are interested in and have the appropriate skills to move this project forward. Feel free to bring a vegan snack to share with others. RSVP at Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/ at 1:00 pm
- Paul McCartney Concert TablingPaul McCartney Concert Tabling
Time: 7:00 pm
ARC will have a table inside the Paul McCartney concert at Target Field on Saturday, August 2 and we will be handing out information to concert goers about going vegan. at 7:00 pm
- Vegan Entrepreneurs MeetingVegan Entrepreneurs Meeting Time: 1:00 pm
- August 3, 2014
- Vegan Food SamplingVegan Food Sampling
Time: 9:00 am
ARC will be hosting a vegan food sampling event at the Minneapolis Farmers Market, 312 East Lyndale Ave. North in Minneapolis on Sunday, August 3 from 9:00 am - 1:30pm. We will be sampling vegan ice cream bites and chocolate almond milk. This should be a great vegan outreach event to a receptive audience. at 9:00 am
- Vegan Grocery Shopping TourVegan Grocery Shopping Tour
Time: 10:00 am
Are you newly vegan, know someone who is, or looking to expand your plant-based diet? Join Melissa, one of our vegan mentors, as she guides you on a tour of the Wedge Co-op, 2105 South Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis. You will learn simple tips for reading labels, discover products you overlooked in the past, and have your questions on veganism answered. With help from Melissa, you can make ethically sound and health-conscious choices about what you eat. RSVP at Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/ at 10:00 am
- Vegan Food SamplingVegan Food Sampling Time: 9:00 am
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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.