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- Vegan Nutrition 101Vegan Nutrition 101
Time: 1:00 pm
Join us as we launch a new component of Vegan University, called Vegan Nutrition 101. This workshop will provide both new and experienced vegans with an in-depth look at sources of necessary nutrients in an animal-free diet. The workshop will also answer the age old question: where do you get your protein? Attendees will also learn about other nutrients such as B12, Omega 3, and iron. Location: Ethique Nouveau, 317 W 48th St., Minneapolis, MN. RSVP at Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/ (Today) at 1:00 pm
- May 19, 2013
- May Book GroupMay Book Group
Time: 5:00 pm
Just us for a discussion of the book Confronting Animal Exploitation:Grassroots Essays on Liberation and Veganism on Sunday, May 19 at 5:00pm at Common Roots Cafe, 2558 Lyndale Ave S in Minneapolis. The book is comprised of essays by many Twin Cities folks. More info and RSVP at Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/ at 5:00 pm
- May Book GroupMay Book Group Time: 5:00 pm
- May 21, 2013
- Vegan Grocery Shopping TourVegan Grocery Shopping Tour
Time: 6:30 pm
Are you newly vegan, know someone who is, or looking to expand your plant-based diet? Join Melissa Maaske, mentor through Vegan University, as she guides you on a tour of Whole Foods Market, 7401 France Avenue S in Edina. 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 health-conscious choices about what you eat. While it is not required, we do appreciate donations of a couple of dollars to help defray the cost of Meetup fees. More details and RSVP through Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/ at 6:30 pm
- Vegan Grocery Shopping TourVegan Grocery Shopping Tour Time: 6:30 pm
- May 22, 2013
- ARC Volunteer MeetingARC Volunteer Meeting
Time: 7:00 pm
ARC Volunteer meetings are held every Wednesday from 7-8pm at our office 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. Please join to find out more about volunteer opportunities and ways you can get involved to help animals. at 7:00 pm
- ARC Volunteer MeetingARC Volunteer Meeting Time: 7:00 pm
- May 25, 2013
- Annual Vegan Waffle PartyAnnual Vegan Waffle Party
Time: 10:00 am
Join us at our Fourth Annual Vegan Waffle Party - yes, that time of year when the waffles are piping hot and the toppings seemingly endless. This delicious waffle brunch goes from 10am until 11:30am at the Fuller Park building located at 4800 Grand Ave. S (the corner of 48th St. W and Grand Ave. S). All you need to do is bring one tasty topping to share. Soy vanilla ice cream anyone. Peanut butter and banana. What about some bee-free honey with cinnamon. Whatever you bring should be 100 percent vegan, and all ingredients listed on the packaging or on a note card. Bring your own reusable plate and utensils. The event is free and Fuller Park has a playground and a field perfect for tossing a frisbee. And you are only a stones throw from Ethique Nouveau, the only 100% vegan store in Minnesota, at 317 W 48th St. So after a delicious waffle brunch, stop by Ethique Nouveau where we will be sampling the newest vegan ice cream option, LUV NICE CREAM starting at 11:00am. AND…pints of LUV Nice Cream will be for available for purchase with a percentage of sales donated to the Animal Rights Coalition. RSVP at Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/ at 10:00 am
- Annual Vegan Waffle PartyAnnual Vegan Waffle Party Time: 10:00 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.