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- December 7, 2013
- December Volunteer OrientationDecember Volunteer Orientation
Time: 12:00 pm
Come out and meet other people who care about animals as much as you do. Get an overview of the programs and campaigns we run and figure out what you feel most excited about so we can get you connected with the right folks in our group. The orientation will take place from noon-1:30 at our vegan store, Ethique Nouveau, located at 317 W. 48th St. in south Minneapolis. If you have any questions, please email Dallas at email@example.com or call us at 612 822-6161. We hope to see you there! at 12:00 pm
- December Volunteer OrientationDecember Volunteer Orientation Time: 12:00 pm
- December 8, 2013
- ARC Holiday Open HouseARC Holiday Open House
Time: 1:00 pm
Join us for our annual Holiday Open House at Ethique Nouveau, 317 W 48th St. in Minneapolis from 1-4pm. Enjoy delicious vegan treats, meet other ARC members and friends, and browse for animal-friendly holiday gifts from the great selection of unique merchandise at Ethique Nouveau. at 1:00 pm
- ARC Holiday Open HouseARC Holiday Open House Time: 1:00 pm
- December 9, 2013
- Pay Per View at St. OlafPay Per View at St. Olaf
Time: 9:00 am
ARC will be doing Pay-Per-View Tabling at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN on Monday, December 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Pay Per View program is named for the fact that we pay people $1.00 to view a short video about typical practices on animal farms and in slaughterhouses, answer follow-up questions during a debrief conversation with a trained volunteer, and then send people home with information about how changing their eating habits can make a huge difference for animals, the earth, and themselves. If you would like to volunteer for future Pay Per View events, please contact Jenna: Jenna@Animalrightscoalition.com. at 9:00 am
- Dineout at Seward CafeDineout at Seward Cafe
Time: 6:00 pm
Please join us for amazing vegan food at Seward Cafe, 2129 East Franklin Ave. in Minneapolis. Enjoy great food and company. RSVP at Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/ at 6:00 pm
- Pay Per View at St. OlafPay Per View at St. Olaf Time: 9:00 am
- December 11, 2013
- 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.