Our Programs to Help Animals
We focus on spreading the word about compassionate living. Our unique and innovative outreach and education programs to help animals include:
ARC Book Group
ARC Book Group holds monthly discussion groups where participants discuss member-selected books about animal rights and other issues.
ARC Speaker Series
ARC Speaker Series regularly brings in nationally known speakers such as Dr. Michael Fox, Harold “Farmer” Brown, Karen Davis, Pattrice Jones, and Will Potter.
Community Outreach activities range from booths at large events and professional conferences such as the Twin Cities Pet Expo, to staffing booths at First Avenue, to leafletting with the ARC Outreach Team at concerts and other events, to helping the hundreds of individuals who call or email us for assistance with animal issues.
Cuddle Coats educates the public about fur and encourages people to donate fur coats to aid orphaned baby wildlife in their recovery at our wildlife rehabilitation partners.
Dissection Choice provides information and assistance to students who choose not to dissect and information on alternatives to local high schools and colleges (over 50 so far!). We also put up posters near schools and youth centers with information about alternatives to dissection and how students can get support for their humane choice.
End Pound Seizure
We won this one in Minnesota when pound seizure was banned in April of 2012! We will continue to work to help other states end the practice of pound seizure, whereby animals in shelters can be claimed by licensed institutions for experimentation purposes.
Our most ambitious outreach project is our vegan boutique, Ethique Nouveau. The store is completely animal-friendly and cruelty-free and is one of the best ways we know to show people how easy it is to live compassionately and with awareness. The store shows the public that a significant number of people want to use harm-free products made without the use of animal testing, ingredients, skins, or furs.
Forego Foie Gras works for a Foie Gras Free Minneapolis by educating consumers about this gourmet cruelty and asking local restaurants to take the pledge and keep foie gras off their menus.
Humane Farming Myth challenges the myth of “humanely” produced animal products and is a compelling resource to share with family and friends. We’ve received requests from all over the country for large quantities of this brochure, most recently from the organizers of a national bus tour promoting the sustainability of a plant-based diet (don’t worry – the bus runs on waste vegetable oil).
Minneapolis Vegan Meetup is an ARC-sponsored meetup group that organizes events to strengthen the local vegan community and to provide educational opportunities for those interested in learning more about a plant-based diet
Minnesota Animal Rights Meetup is an ARC-sponsored meetup group. If you’re looking for a place to connect with other people who care about making the world better for all animals and you’re ready to start taking action to realize that vision, Minnesota Animal Rights Meetup is the group for you.
The Petland retail chain continues to encourage the breeding and selling of animals for profit. We’re the Minnesota supporters of the national effort to persuade Petland to stop supporting puppy and kitten mills and selling live animals in their stores.
No Pain In My Name exposes Marilyn Carroll’s hideous experiments at the University of Minnesota, in which she “researches” the effects of drug addiction by training monkeys and rats to self-administer drugs that humans misuse such as cocaine, heroin, and alcohol. The site gives voice to the community this “research” is supposedly benefiting: addicts and recovered addicts.
North Vegans offers free local outreach and meetups focused on eating a plant-based diet on a budget. North Vegans is a program of the Animal Rights Coalition, based right here in the Twin Cities. We believe that North Minneapolis and nearby metro areas deserve access to high-quality nutritious food, as well as a supportive and compassionate community. You do not need to be vegan to attend our events or use our services, just be interested in a healthier you, a healthier family, and a kinder community. Let’s work together to end “food deserts” and to get to know our friends and neighbors.
Pay Per View is an innovative outreach strategy where people are offered $1.00 to watch a short film about animals used for food and then have a brief conversation with a person trained to talk with them about the impacts our food choices have on others.
Rhymes With Vegan, an online cooking show hosted by local chef Meagan Holtgrewe, introduces viewers to the delights of compassionate eating (with up to over 600 website hits in one day!).
Teaching Compassion lesson plans help kids develop compassion and empathy while empowering them to take action for animals themselves. Used at schools, community events, and camps, these lesson plans have met with glowing reviews from kids, parents, and teachers.
Twin Cities Vegan Drinks
Twin Cities Vegan Drinks is a social networking event for people interested in veganism and animal rights. Vegan Drinks’ mission is to bring together a diverse group of people to build new coalitions and promote the sharing of resources.
Vegan University is a free program designed to help you go – and stay – vegan in a way that works for you. You can sign up for your own vegan mentor, take a personalized vegan grocery shopping tour, and go to workshops – and it’s all free!
VegKins is a unique social networking program for families raising vegan children. This program offers the opportunity to come together to exchange ideas and information with other parents and build a community of parents raising compassionate kids.