Minnesota’s Dirty Little Secret
Most Minnesotans don’t know that under a 1949 law, any animal in a publicly funded shelter for more than five days can be claimed by a laboratory for experimentation. This practice is known as pound seizure, and it’s Minnesota’s dirty little secret. Only two states, Minnesota and Oklahoma, still have laws requiring publicly funded pounds and shelters to turn over animals for experimentation (Utah eliminated mandatory pound seizure in 2010).
ARC News Online
Check out Winter 2011:The 30th Anniversary Issue for a great read about ARC’s groundbreaking role as one of the first grassroots animal advocacy organizations in the U.S. It’s fascinating to see how far we’ve come – and where we hope to go.
Stop by Ethique Nouveau!
We hope you’ll stop by and check out ARC’s Ethique Nouveau boutique at 317 W 48th St in Minneapolis, and do a little shopping to help the animals, as all store proceeds support our animal advocacy programs.
Ethique Nouveau is all about compassion and kindness towards animals. We carry lots of animal-friendly items – and many product lines you won’t find anywhere else in the Twin Cities – all vegan (free of animal products / not tested on animals) and kind to both humans and animals.
Protect Your Companion Animal from Being Used as a Research Tool
Minnesota’s pound seizure law requires that publicly funded pounds and shelters turn over unclaimed animals for experimentation after a five-day holding period if requested by a research facility. MN Statute 35.71 states “However, if a tag affixed to the animal or a statement by the animal’s owner after the animal’s seizure specifies that the animal may not be used for research, the animal must not be made available to any institution…” Stop by ARC today and purchase a tag so your companion animal is protected should he or she ever be lost.
Challenging the Myth of Humane Animal Products
As the media pay increased attention to the abuses occurring at large-scale animal farming operations, consumers are seeking alternatives. Labels such as “Cage Free,” “Free Range,” “Humanely Certified,” and “Grass Fed” suggest that those willing to pay a higher price can enjoy eggs, dairy, and meat from small-scale “humane” farms that treat animals with compassion and respect. But is the public being misled?
Direct Care is Direct Action!
As interest in “urban farming” spreads, many cities are considering letting residents keep chickens. This presents challenges regarding the quality of their care and will likely lead to a huge increase in abandoned birds. Minneapolis currently tolerates wanton breeding, swapping, and backyard slaughter, all of which are being actively promoted by local urban farming enthusiasts. ARC and Chicken Run Rescue encourage you to take an active role in advocating for chickens and other domestic fowl as this trend continues (view the CRR brochure for more information).
Everyday People Goes Fur-free!
What’s Your Skin Worth?
Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make the Twin Cities premiere of Skin Trade, the most provocative documentary about fur production to date, at the Ritz Theater such an incredible success. And many thanks to the film’s director Shannon Keith, for hosting a fascinating Q&A session after the film.
Thank to our sponsors for their support of this important event with their donations of silent auction items and items for the goodie bags: Everyday People, Fabulous Furs (the world’s finest faux fur), LUSH, Vaute Couture, VegNews, Lantern Books, and Perseus Books.