|1 ARC Day at Tao Natural Foods at 8:00 am
Do you want to help animals while enjoying delicious, 100% organic, vegan cuisine? Then come to Tao Natural Foods at 2200 Hennepin Ave. S in Minneapolis on November 1 from 8:00am until 10:00pm! Why? Tao Natural Foods has teamed with the Animal Rights Coalition to put on a huge fundraising event, and 10% of all vegan sales from that day - including both the restaurant and the wellness store - will be donated to fund our animal advocacy programs. Good for you, good for the animals, and good for Tao! We look forward to seeing you at Tao! Make sure to mention you are there for the Animal Rights Coalition!
|2||3 Cupcakes for Their Sake at 12:00 pm
Delicious cupcakes are coming to Ethique Nouveau, 317 W 48th St. in Minneapolis, to blow your taste buds away. Get ready for some of the best yet - Peanut Butter & Jelly and Pina Coloda. Yeah, for real. Drooling yet? You can pre-order before 10/31 if you buy 4 or more to guarantee you get some because we sell out quickly. They are $3 each and you can call 612 822-6161 to pre-order or email Dallas at email@example.com. If possible, bring your own container to bring your cupcakes home with you . Low-Fat, High-Fiber Foods at 1:00 pm
Steering clear of meat, dairy products, fried foods, and other fatty fare is an important first step in preventing and surviving cancer. Dietary fat not only hinders the immune system, it also drives hormone production, which can result in higher rates of hormone-related cancers such as breast and prostate cancer. The easiest way to be healthy is to build your meals from foods that are naturally low in fat and to use cooking methods that do not require added fats or oils. In this class, you will learn how to prepare delicious, low-fat dishes made from whole grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruits. Class will be held at Ethique Nouveau, 317 W 48th St in Minneapolis. Get all the details and RSVP at Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|4 Protest AALAS and Vivisection at 1:30 pm
Do you agree that there is no such thing as a lab animal? Do you find the idea of humane animal research to be an oxymoron? If so, please join us to protest the American Association for Laboratory Animal Sciences (AALAS) annual convention on Nov. 4 from 1:30-3:30p at the Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave S. We need you to represent the animal liberation/rights community of the Twin Cities to let them know they are not welcome. This legal and peaceful protest will include a post-Halloween costume component to represent the many nonhumans that scientists use as lab experiments: mice, pigs, primates, dogs, etc. We ask that you make a commitment to attend this important protest, as it is not every day that animal tormentors all congregate in one place, and right in our back yard. We need as many people as possible to represent compassion in the face of institutionalized animal cruelty. We will provide signs and banners, but feel free to make your own. If you are interested in planning the protest or need a place to stay, contact Kim Socha @ firstname.lastname@example.org
|5||6||7||8 November Book Group at 6:30 pm
Join us for a discussion on Slaughterhouse by Gail Eisnitz, one of the most compelling exposes of the slaughter industry ever written. This is sure to be a thought-provoking and enlightening discussion. Group will meet at Pizza Luce, 1183 Selby Ave in St. Paul at 6:30pm. More details and RSVP at Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|9||10 Dairy and Meat Alternatives at 1:00 pm
When cancer researchers started to search for links between diet and cancer, one of the most noticeable findings was that people who avoided meat and dairy products were much less likely to develop the disease. Consuming dairy causes worrisome biological changes in the body, including an increase in the amount of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) in the bloodstream. Scientific studies have shown elevated IGF-1 levels to be a catalyst for the growth of breast and prostate cancer cells. Meat is another food that may be linked to cancer and other illnesses. This link is in part due to the high fat and fiber-free characteristics of meat compared to plant foods, as well as the formation of carcinogens when meats are cooked. These cancer-causing chemicals, called heterocyclic amines, tend to form within the meat tissue when exposed to high temperatures. In this class, you will explore a variety of vegetarian sources of protein, all of which are low in fat, high in fiber, and loaded with cancer fighting nutrients. Class will be held at Ethique Nouveau, 317 W 48th St in Minneapolis. Get all the details and RSVP at Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|12||13||14||15||16||17 Healthy Weight Control at 1:00 pm
Both antioxidants and the immune system are critically important in fighting cancer. Cancer fighting compounds, such as antioxidants, mainly found in fruits and vegetables assist in halting free radical damage, which can otherwise lead to cancer development. Healthy weight control is also essential for warding off a variety of chronic diseases. Trimming excess weight may also improve survival after cancer has been diagnosed. In this class, the instructor will discuss and demonstrate healthy dishes loaded with immune boosting nutrients such as beta-carotene, lycopene, vitamin C, and zinc - helping you discover how to easily and naturally maintain a healthy weight and a cancer fighting nutritional regimen. Class will be held at Ethique Nouveau, 317 W 48th St in Minneapolis. Get all the details and RSVP at Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|18 Turkey-Free Thanksgiving at 5:00 pm
The food will be bountiful and delicious and, of course, cruelty-free when you join us for the 19th Annual Healthy Harvest Turkey-free Thanksgiving Potluck and Silent Auction. This highly popular event, co-sponsored by EarthSave Twin Cities and ARC, will be on Sunday, November 18, from 5-7:30pm at Lake Harriet United Methodist Church, 4901 Chowen Ave S in Minneapolis. You do not need to be vegan or vegetarian to attend! Please bring a vegan main dish or side dish or dessert to share with others (vegan = no meat, dairy, eggs, gelatin, honey, or refined sugar). Also bring a serving utensil, a copy of the recipe to set by your dish, your place setting (plate, cup, utensils), and of course your appetite!
|19||20||21||22||23 Fur Free Friday at 11:00 am
Join us in protesting Ribnick Fur and Leather, 224 N 1st Street in Minneapolis, on Fur Free Friday, November 23 from 11am to 1pm. If you agree that the fur industry is cruel and unnecessary, we want you there! New this year will be anti-fur caroling, with a short, on-the-street rehearsal for those who want to sing during the event. Lyrics will be provided on site, so come ready to sing. You can make a personalized sign if you like, but we will also have signs and literature available, so feel free to just show up.
|26||27||28||29 Vegan Runners Meetup at 6:00 pm
Daylight Savings has ended and the weather is getting colder, which can mean only one thing-- time for Dome Running!! The Minnesota Distance Runners Association turns the Metrodome into the place to be twice a week during winter nights. We\'ll meet at 6:00pm and run 3 miles. Running costs $1. Enter gate D. You can park free in the upper Dome lot. As usual, we will split up into groups to accommodate different paces. We can meet up for a bite to eat afterward if people are interested. Please RSVP through Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
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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.
I Can’t Keep My Companion Animal, What Can I Do?
Do you feel you can no longer keep your companion animal and need to find a new home for him or her? This page provides the information you need to help find a good home and ensure that your companion will be well cared for in the years to come.
Before You Make That Drastic and Final Decision
You may be dealing with a behavior problem, or someone in your household has allergies, or you are having trouble finding housing that will accept your companion. These situations can be frustrating, and you may feel that giving up your companion is the only solution. But before you take that drastic step, be aware of the resources that are available to help you deal with these problems.
If you are dealing with a behavior problem, talk to your veterinarian. Many problems are due to a treatable medical condition. For example, a housetrained animal may begin urinating in the house due to a urinary tract infection. Your vet will be able to rule out a physical cause of the problem and may also be able to refer you to an animal behaviorist in your community who has the expertise to help with your companion’s behavior problem. These web sites also have helpful tips on solving behavior problems:
You can also call the Animal Humane Society Behavior Helpline at (763) 489-2202 from 10am to 6pm, 7 days a week.
Does someone in your household have a health problem such as an allergy that makes it difficult to keep your companion? Has a physician actually recommended you give up your companion? Before taking such a drastic step: Read PETA’s Living With Allergies to Animals.
In a recent study, “moving” and “the landlord won’t allow” were among the top reasons for giving up companion animals. If you are moving and are having trouble finding animal-friendly housing, or are experiencing other animal-related housing difficulties, read the San Francisco SPCA Tenant’s Guide to Keeping Your Pet.
Finding a Safe and Loving Home for Your Companion
Finding a responsible home for your companion animal is the least you can do for an animal that has doubtlessly given you trust and unconditional love. When you look for a new home for an animal, please be sure the animal’s best interests remain your top priority.
A “good” home means a home where the animal will live for the rest of his or her life, where he or she will receive attention, veterinary care, and proper nutrition, and be treated as part of the family.
Please do not turn your companion loose “out in the country.” This is one of the cruelest fates any companion animal could meet. The suffering and fear they will endure is heartbreaking.
Breed Rescue Groups
For purebred dogs, there may be a breed rescue organization in your area that will accept the animal; check this list of Minnesota breed rescue organizations.
For other animals, try a carefully placed newspaper ad in your local paper. Always charge a fee of at least $50 for adopting the animal. This will eliminate people who resell cheaply acquired animals to research, or use “free to good home” animals for training dogs for dog fighting. The brutal, illegal dog-fighting business looks for free kittens, puppies, and older dogs that fighting dogs can kill for practice.
ARC recommends visiting any prospective new home to get a feel for the environment. Screen potential homes carefully. If someone refuses to allow you to visit their home, do not place the animal with them. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, impose conditions, or say no. The San Franciso SPCA’s Surrendering Your Pet: The Last Resort has a great writeup on screening people who answer your ad and a list of questions to ask during a telephone interview: Ask for a form of ID. Record the number, name, and address for your records and require the new owner to sign an adoption contract. As part of the contract, require the new owner to contact you if he or she decides at some point to give up the animal. Follow up in a few weeks to see how the animal is doing.
Another option is to contact local no-kill shelters (but be aware that these shelters are often full).
If the no-kill shelters are full, you can try local humane societies. However, be aware that animals surrendered to humane societies are often evaluated for adoptability, and there’s a good chance the animal will be killed – especially if the animal is older, or too nervous or fearful during the evaluation.
We do not recommend surrendering an animal to your local pound or animal control facility. Surrendering an animal to a pound or animal control facility is generally a death sentence for the animal and in Minnesota, municipal pounds must surrender animals to research institutions who ask for them. Most municipal pounds do not put any effort into adopting out animals and generally, animals are only held for 5 days before being killed.
Finally, only as a last resort, if your companion is terminally ill or has critical behavioral issues such as aggression, you may be considering having him or her euthanized by a veterinarian. Many people leave these animals at shelters, avoiding the reality of what will happen to their “best friend.” It may be easier on you, but your companion will suffer for it by being thrown into a strange place, only to die there because he or she is unadoptable. Placing such an animal in a new home is difficult. Your companion may be traumatized by the shock of a new home or even abandoned by the new owner once his or her problems are discovered. If you choose euthanasia, as a final kindness, you should remain in the room to comfort your old friend during his or her passing. No one should die alone or with strangers.
Serial Pet Dumping
If you do give up your companion animal, please think long and hard before you consider getting another one. Make sure that what caused you to consider giving up this animal will never, ever happen again. When you took in this animal, you took responsibility for a living creature. You may have to accept the fact that you just are not able to have a companion animal.
Please, do not become a serial pet dumper!!
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