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- March 4, 2015
- Cuddle Coats PrepCuddle Coats Prep
Time: 6:00 pm
We are receiving lots of fur donations for our Cuddle Coats program and want to ship them to our wildlife rehab partners as soon as possible. Meet at the ARC office (co-located with Ethique Nouveau) at 317 W 48th St. in Minneapolis at 6:00 pm to help prep fur coats and accessories for shipment. Wear clothes that can get a little fuzzy. This is a great, low key way to volunteer and meet some of the other people in the group while helping to save animal lives. at 6:00 pm
- 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
- Cuddle Coats PrepCuddle Coats Prep Time: 6:00 pm
- March 6, 2015
- Eat Raw Vegan Food DineoutEat Raw Vegan Food Dineout
Time: 6:30 pm
Enjoy a raw vegan dinner at Ecopolitan, 2409 Lyndale Ave. S in Minneapolis. Ecopolitan is the Twin Cities only all-vegan restaurant. Please RSVP at Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/ at 6:30 pm
- Vegan Meal Planning WorkshopVegan Meal Planning Workshop
Time: 7:00 pm
Have you ever been confused about what vegan recipes to make or wanted to learn new tricks for storing your produce? If so, join Melissa Maaske, mentor through Vegan University, for this in-depth vegan meal planning presentation from 7:00-9.00 p.m. at the Fuller Park Recreation Building, 4800 Grand Ave. S in Minneapolis. Melissa will give you tips on grocery shopping, discuss smoothies versus juicing, and give you a seven-day meal guide. We will also discuss looking at vegan nutrition from a holistic perspective and come up with a comprehensive list of salads and sandwiches for on-the-go people. With help from Melissa, you can make empowered choices about what you eat. More details and RSVP at Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/ at 7:00 pm
- Eat Raw Vegan Food DineoutEat Raw Vegan Food Dineout Time: 6:30 pm
- March 8, 2015
- Indian Cuisine Cooking ClassIndian Cuisine Cooking Class
Time: 5:00 pm
The Animal Rights Coalition Vegan University program will be hosting a free cooking class at Mississippi Market, 1500 W 7th Street in Saint Paul from 5-8 pm. Join Steve Leinen and Lori Denson to learn how to create delicious vegan Indian food. We will have time to sample afterwards. This class is limited to the first 20 participants, so sign up now at Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/ at 5:00 pm
- Free Movie ScreeningFree Movie Screening
Time: 5:30 pm
Please join us for a free screening of Lolita: Slave to Entertainment. This 2003 documentary tells the story of Lolita (original name Tokitae), an orca whale who was captured in 1970 off the Washington coast. She has been a slave for over 44 years at Miami Seaquarium, in the smallest orca tank in the world. ARC volunteer Melanie is attending the Miracle March for Lolita on January 17 in Miami and will bring further information about how we can help this whale who belongs to an endangered species of orca. If this iconic species is not helped, they are facing certain extinction. Screening is at Minnehaha Free Space, 3747 Minnehaha Ave. in Minneapolis. RSVP on the Animal Rights Coalition Facebook page Events section. at 5:30 pm
- Indian Cuisine Cooking ClassIndian Cuisine Cooking Class Time: 5:00 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.