Animal Friendly Holiday Events

Holiday Vegan CookiesJoin ARC at one of our tastiest events, the Annual Holiday Cookie Exchange. This is a great opportunity to find new recipes or get goodies to feed holiday guests. To participate, bake 4 dozen of one type of vegan cookie (vegan means no dairy, eggs, butter, or other animal products). Bring a copy of your recipe or email it to RSVP at Vegan Meetup or the Facebook event page. Event is at 317 W 48th St. on Saturday, 12/12 from 12-2 p.m.

Also this weekend is the ARC North Vegans Holiday Potluck on Sunday, 12/13 from 3:30-6:00 p.m. at the Parkway United Church of Christ Community Room, 3120 Washburn Ave. N in Minneapolis. RSVP at Vegan Meetup or the Facebook event page.

Note that the ARC office and Ethique Nouveau, our 100% all vegan store, will have special holiday hours in addition to our regular hours (Wednesday noon-8, Thursday and Friday noon-6, and Saturday noon-5). We will also be open Sundays on December 13 and 20 from 11-3. And we will be open on Monday, December 21 and Tuesday, December 22 from 1-6.

Huffington Post Covers ARC’s Cuddle Coats Program

Bobcat kittenThe Huffington Post did a great story about ARC’s Cuddle Coats program on November 25. Cuddle Coats committee chair Alexandra Beane was interviewed about how Cuddle Coats is a way to give fur back to the animals. Read all about how donated furs are turned into a source of comfort for orphaned and injured animals. We’ve received a ton of furs since the article, but we also have over 60 wildlife rehabs we supply with those furs. Consider coming to a Cuddle Coats prep session, held every Wednesday evening from 6:00-7:00 at the ARC office/Ethique Nouveau vegan boutique at 317 W 48th St. in Minneapolis. We will be prepping donated fur coats and accessories for shipment to wildlife rehabilitation centers by removing all buttons, zippers, liners, etc. All are welcome! This is a great, low-key, low-commitment way to volunteer for a little while and meet some of the other people in the group, while doing something concrete to save animal lives.

Thank you to Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation, Inc. in Texas for sharing this adorable photo of a bobcat kitten snuggled up in Cuddle Coats donated furs!

Protest Ribnick Fur and the Shrine Circus

10455357_1686977784871052_7836482420571614_nDo you want to stop the cruelty to animals inherent in the fur industry and the circus?


Join us for a full weekend of protest, starting on Fur Free Friday (11/27) from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Ribnick Fur & Leather, 224 N 1st St. in Minneapolis. Then continue at the Target Center, 600 1st Ave. N in Minneapolis to protest the Zuhrah Shrine Circus with the first protest at 12:45 to 1:30 p.m.

These events are being organized by the Animal Rights Coalition and Minnesota Animal Liberation.

PLEASE COME OUT! All materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own message to Ribnick Fur and the Shrine Circus.

See entire circus protest schedule here:

Thanks for a Successful Give to the Max Day!

GTTM Thank You


Thanks to many generous donors, including many of you who also volunteer your time, and to everyone who shared or liked our posts, we came in well over last year for funds raised on Give to the Max Day to continue our work to help animals! This included contributions from nearly 40 brand new donors who committed to helping animals!

It’s moments like this when so many members of the community come together to take action that prove our power to incite change.

You are amazing.

With love and gratitude,
ARC Staff and Board of Directors

Save the Date for Give to the Max Day

GTMD-ARC-2015If you’re a Minnesotan, you’ve probably heard of Give to the Max, our state’s awesome day of giving.

For 24 hours on Thursday, November 12, Minnesota-based non-profits will celebrate the work we do to make the world a better place by asking our supporters to donate to causes dear to their hearts.

Most of our lives are pretty comfortable compared to a duck on a foie gras farm, an elephant in a circus, a male baby chick tossed out like garbage, or a homeless cat digging in the trash for food. Donating to ARC provides the support to ensure we can advocate for these animals in need. Please donate now – even a small amount makes a big difference. This is definitely the time to hop on the bandwagon and join in the fun of giving!

Leading ARC’s Work for Animals into the Future

ChelseaThe Animal Rights Coalition is pleased to announce that Greg Kiefer has joined ARC as the new ARC Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, and that Chelsea Hassler is staying on board as ARC Program Director. Greg has been an effective, capable, and well-liked volunteer at ARC and brings many skills that will help expand our activism and outreach. In the year Chelsea has been with ARC, she has proven herself a dedicated, reliable, and passionate leader and has grown our outreach efforts significantly.


Greg KIeferFrom helping people transition to a plant-based diet to publicizing the abuse of animals in laboratories to educating the public about the exploitation of animals used in entertainment, ARC’s unique and innovative education and outreach programs reach thousands of people every year. We are confident that Chelsea and Greg will do a great job of leading this work to end the suffering, abuse, and exploitation of animals.

Changes at ARC

It is with a mixture of sadness and gratitude that we announce that Dallas Rising will be stepping down as the Animal Rights Coalition’s Executive Director as of October 15, 2015. For the past seven years, Dallas has been the public face of ARC, initiating new programs, growing existing programs, and carrying out ARC’s mission of ending the suffering, abuse, and exploitation of non-human animals through information, education, and advocacy. Dallas has also demonstrated a strong commitment to fighting all forms of oppression and reducing ARC’s environmental impact. We sincerely thank Dallas for her dedication to ARC and wish her well in her future endeavors.

From Dallas Rising, Executive Director:
In the nearly eight years I’ve worked at ARC, I have had the privilege to have my day job support my life long dream and mission to be a serious and powerful force for animals.

I have had the great honor of getting to know and work with some of the best people I’ve ever met because of my position here. I’ve formed some deep and lasting friendships and learned a lot from the courageous, committed, and creative people who volunteer their time and talents for animals via ARC. I have especially enjoyed working with my colleague, Chelsea, who brings such kindness, talent, and wit to our work.

It is for these reasons that I announce my resignation as Executive Director at the Animal Rights Coalition with mixed emotions. I threw myself into it with as much passion and heart as I could, and it’s hard to leave something I’ve put so much of myself into. But it’s time.

My last day is October 15th and I will be staying in the Twin Cities. I look forward to opportunities to continue to serve animals in another capacity and hope to cross paths with many of you again in the future. In the mean time, I will be spending more time with my family, giving extra care and attention to our aging and ailing boys, Max and Taz.

Protest Exotic Animal Rides at the Ren Fest

579636_10151624959282825_1591945817_n-300x120While many people jump at the opportunity to get close to animals by buying exotic animal rides at fairs and fests, they probably wouldn’t if they knew about the suffering the animals endure being treated as amusement park attractions.

Much of the violence isn’t seen by the public because the owners of these operations know that people would be enraged if they knew how these animals are punished and beaten into submission. They have to make the elephants avoidant to punishment so that they will behave in front of spectators.

These animals are chained for many hours every day. They are trucked around the country in small trailers or trucks. If they were allowed to live in the wild, they would have extensive social networks and travel miles upon miles every day. But when they’re sentenced to being “rides”, they have to plod in boring circles day after day with hundreds of pounds on their backs, for hour upon boring, uncomfortable hour.

Yet, despite this, the Minnesota Renaissance Festival continues to feature exotic animal rides.

Join us in protest Saturday, October 3rd from 10am-12 noon. We will meet at the Highway 169 entrance at 3525 145th Street West in Shakopee. Signs will be provided, as will literature to hand out. All you need to do is show up with your sunscreen on and water in hand. If you’d like to carpool from the ARC office in south Minneapolis, please post in the Facebook event.