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- August 23, 2014
- Protest Exotic Animal RidesProtest Exotic Animal Rides
Time: 10:00 am
Please join us at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival from 10:00am to noon. We will be holding signs, passing out fliers, and educating attendees about why elephant and camel rides are no fun for the animals. The protest location is 3525 145th St W Hwy 169, which is the entrance to the Renaissance Festival grounds in Shakopee. For more information, or to RSVP go to Minnesota Animal Rights Meetup at http://www.meetup.com/Minnesota-Animal-Rights-Meetup/ at 10:00 am
- Protest Exotic Animal RidesProtest Exotic Animal Rides Time: 10:00 am
- August 24, 2014
- New Volunteer OrientationNew Volunteer Orientation
Time: 2:00 pm
Meet other people who care about animals as much as you do, get an overview of ARC programs, and figure out what you are most excited about so we can connect you with the right folks at ARC. Orientation will be held at Ethique Nouveau, the ARC vegan boutique, 317 W 48th St. in Minneapolis from 2:00-4:00pm. RSVP at Minnesota Animal Rights Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Minnesota-Animal-Rights-Meetup/ at 2:00 pm
- New Volunteer OrientationNew Volunteer Orientation Time: 2:00 pm
- August 25, 2014
- The Cove ScreeningThe Cove Screening
Time: 7:00 pm
Join us for a free screening of The Cove at the Minnehaha Free Space at 3747 Minnehaha Ave. S in Minneapolis. This Academy Award winning documentary follows a team of activists, filmmakers, and divers as they embark on a covert mission to penetrate a remote and hidden cove in Taiji, Japan. Utilizing state-of-the-art techniques, including hidden microphones and cameras in fake rocks, the team documents the annual dolphin slaughter at this small seaside village in Japan, which goes on from September until March. Come learn about this atrocity and what you can do to help. Director Louie Psihoyos will be available for questions on the Facebook event page after the screening. RSVP at Minnesota Animal Rights Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Minnesota-Animal-Rights-Meetup/ at 7:00 pm
- The Cove ScreeningThe Cove Screening Time: 7:00 pm
- August 27, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.