Thank You to Give to the Max Donors!

Thank youWhat a whirlwind yesterday was – so exciting to see the support for ARC’s work to help animals on Give to the Max day, especially from all the brand new donors who committed to helping animals. Thanks to all of you, we raised over $10,000 to continue and expand our work advocating for animals.

It’s moments like this when so many members of the community come together that prove our power to make change. Thank you to each and every one of you! You are amazing.

With love and gratitude,
Chelsea Youngquist, ARC Program Director and the ARC Board of Directors: Shelly Bell, Brenda Burchfield, Angie Chesney, Charlotte Cozzetto, Megan Kosse, and Steve Leinen

Donations to ARC will be Triple Matched on Give to the Max Day!

GTMD16If you’re a Minnesotan, you’ve probably heard of Give to the Max, our state’s awesome annual day of giving. For 24 hours, midnight to midnight on Thursday, November 17, non-profits ask for your support to make the world a better place.

This year, a generous supporter of ARC’s work to help animals has pledged to TRIPLE MATCH all donations to ARC. This is an amazing opportunity to help animals and know your gift will make a huge difference. If you’ve never donated to ARC before, now is the time!

Not only will your donation be tripled, you could also be a big prize winner. Every hour during Give to the Max one donor’s charity will win an extra $1,000; and one charity will win an extra $10,000.

This is your chance to do the maximum amount of good for animals. Help us combat the violence animals endure daily. Make a donation to the Animal Rights Coalition today and your donation will be tripled. We promise we’ll make every penny count.

Thank you so much,
Chelsea Youngquist, ARC Program Director

P.S. Inspire others to give by asking your friends, family, and co-workers to support a cause that’s important to you. Give a donation in honor of or in memory of a companion who holds a special place in your heart. Today is a day to take pride in knowing that you’re actively helping to shape a world you can feel good about.

Don’t Miss Turkey-Free Friendsgiving

23rd Annual Turkey-free Friendsgiving PotluckThe food will be bountiful and delicious when you join ARC and friends for the 23rd Annual Turkey-Free Friendsgiving Potluck on Tuesday, November 15 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. We outgrew our previous location so we’re excited to announce a new location this year, Summit Brewery’s Ratskeller Community Room (910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul). Also new this year we’ll have a variety of delicious vegan cheeses for you to sample!

You don’t have to be vegan or vegetarian to attend. Please bring a vegan main dish, side dish, or dessert to share with others (vegan = no meat, dairy, eggs, gelatin, or refined sugar), serving utensil, copy of your recipe, and of course, your appetite. This is a great event to bring your family and friends to and show them how delicious vegan eating can be. Please RSVP on Facebook or Vegan Meetup. We look forward to sharing this special meal with new and old friends.

ARC Volunteer Day at SoulSpace Farm Sanctuary

SoulSpace volunteer day (2)ARC volunteers had a wonderful day at SoulSpace Farm Sanctuary in New Richmond, Wisconsin building chicken coops, hauling hay, tilling the garden, and getting to know the farm’s rescued residents. We think it’s so important for people to be able to get to know farmed animals as individuals. It was a very productive day and hearts were full from chicken, pig, sheep, goat, dog, and cat snuggles. View the photo album from the day.

Tell Hennepin County Medical Center to Stop Using Rabbits and Sheep for Emergency Medicine Training

PCRM-ARC HCMC demoPhysicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) partnered with ARC to ask Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) to replace the use of live animals in the teaching hospital’s emergency medicine residency program with human-based training methods. It’s time for HCMC to make the switch from using live rabbits and sheep to more modern simulation for teaching emergency medical procedures. Send an email to HCMC.

How Can We Best Help Nonhuman Animals?

Motivational Methods for Vegan AdvocacyOne of the ways ARC helps animals is by empowering people with information and tools to take action for animals themselves. Join us to hear Dr. Casey Taft speak about Motivational Methods for Vegan Advocacy. Dr. Taft will discuss how can we as animal advocates best help nonhuman animals? Dr. Taft, Professor of Psychiatry and anti-violence expert, will apply principles and methods from the field of clinical psychology to enhance the impact of animal advocacy efforts of individuals and groups. This talk, based on his book by the same name, stems from the perspective that animal advocates are the change-makers who will help determine whether this movement succeeds or fails. Practical tips and strategies for talking to friends, family members, and others will be provided.

When: Wednesday, October 5, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Where: Penn Lake Library, 8800 Penn Ave. South, Bloomington, Minnesota
Sponsored by: ARC and MAL. Admission is free.

Feed Me Vegan Now on YouTube!

FeedMeVeganARC’s Feed Me Vegan, a cooking show featuring easy to moderate plant-based recipes is a hit with viewers. With Episode 8, Mistress Ginger Cooks! and Episode 9: Bodacious BBQ Foods (or Grillin’ without Killin’), recently filmed, the show features a wide variety of topics ranging from brunch to Thai food to picnic foods.

Feed Me Vegan is available in the North metro area of the Twin Cities on Northwest Community Television, channel 859, and you can now watch episodes on YouTube also. Subscribe to the Feed Me Vegan YouTube channel and watch for weekly updates as hosts Chelsea and Ryan show you how to make plant-based eating fun and delicious.

Extreme Race Day: A Trifecta of Animal Abuse

Ostrich racing7/28/16 Update: Many caring people wrote the lottery, explaining why the Extreme Race Day exploits animals and asking them to stop supporting it. The lottery sent the following email back saying they would no longer sponsor this event; we are excited that the lottery listened to feedback and decided to make this change. Every local victory like this helps to create a greater environment where abusing animals will no longer be considered acceptable:

Thank you for the email about the Lottery’s sponsorship of Extreme Race Day at Canterbury Park. Your concerns about the races have been heard and discussed. The Lottery will no longer sponsor Extreme Race Day. We appreciate your feedback about the event. – Minnesota State Lottery

Original post: The Minnesota Lottery recently sponsored “Extreme Race Day” at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota on June 16. Ads for the event read “Camel, Ostrich & Zebra Races. It’s Going to be a Real Zoo.” The MN Lottery is on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Please ask the lottery on their social media sites if promoting an event that abuses animals is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds. You can also email the lottery at lottery@mnlottery.com. Encourage the lottery not to sponsor any more events that abuse animals.