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- Vegan Donuts At Glam DollVegan Donuts At Glam Doll
Time: 10:00 am
Join the meetup at Glam Doll, 2605 Nicollet Ave. in Minneapolis. Glam Doll has a selection of vegan donuts available (and yummy coffee drinks), so take a few home for the family, too. This dine-out is very casual, so feel free to come in your pajamas and be lazy. RSVP at Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/ (Today) at 10:00 am
- North Vegans LaunchNorth Vegans Launch
Time: 11:00 am
North Vegans is a new ARC program based in North Minneapolis and nearby metro areas which is focused on food justice, ending food deserts, and making veganism accessible to all. We are launching this program at at the Open Streets Lowry Festival from 11am-6pm where we will be giving out free vegan handouts, recipes, and goodies for the whole family, including stickers and comic books. Tabling area is at the NE corner of Penn Ave. N and Lowry Ave. N in Minneapolis. You can finnd North Vegans on Facebook also. (Today) at 11:00 am
- September 21, 2014
- Wiggle Butt 5KWiggle Butt 5K
Time: 8:00 am
ARC will be talking with dog lovers about our Minnesotans Exposing Petland campaign, asking people to sign our petition, and raising awareness about the cruelties inherent in the pet trade industry. Event is from 8am-3pm on Harriet Island in St. Paul. at 8:00 am
- Wiggle Butt 5KWiggle Butt 5K Time: 8:00 am
- September 24, 2014
- 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 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 email@example.com. at 7:00 pm
- Cuddle Coats PrepCuddle Coats Prep Time: 6:00 pm
- September 27, 2014
- Brunch Meetup - Vegans Over 50Brunch Meetup - Vegans Over 50
Time: 11:00 am
Are you a vegan over 50. Consider hanging out with other older vegans for a lovely meal at Pizza Luce, 800 W 66th Street in Richfield. Pizza Luce has a nice variety of vegan options on their menu. We look forward to meeting you. More details and RSVP at Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/ at 11:00 am
- VegKins Tour of CRRVegKins Tour of CRR
Time: 12:00 pm
The ARC VegKins group for parents raising vegan children will tour Chicken Run Rescue in Minneapolis on Saturday, September 27 with the first tour from noon to 1:00 pm and the second tour from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. This will be a great opportunity for kids to spend quality time with the residents of Chicken Run Rescue. RSVP on the VegKins Facebook page and note how many adults+kids would like to come to the tour. Shelly Bell, VegKins Parent Coordinator, will email you back with more details. at 12:00 pm
- 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 1:00-3:30 pm at the Petland store at 2123 Old Hudson Road in St. Paul on Saturday, September 27. Help send a message loud and clear that we are not going away until Petland stops selling animals from commercial breeders. 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. at 1:00 pm
- Vikings Stadium DemonstrationVikings Stadium Demonstration
Time: 1:00 pm
Urge the Vikings football team to use bird-safe glass in the construction of their new stadium. Birds do not perceive transparent glass as a solid object and attempt to fly to reflected habitat or through the invisible surface, often being killed in these collisions. In response to concerns for the welfare of our birds, the people with the power to make this change have said they will turn off lights when possible but that is not sufficient to protect the birds. Join this event organized by the Minnesota Chapter of the Audubon Society and endorsed by ARC. Meet at the Downtown East Light Rail Station & Platform, 429 Park Ave. South in Minneapolis. Signs will be provided. at 1:00 pm
- Brunch Meetup - Vegans Over 50Brunch Meetup - Vegans Over 50 Time: 11:00 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.