|1||2 Vegan Entrepreneurs Meeting at 1:00 pm
Connie and AmyLeo, long-time animal advocates and ARC members are looking to build a Vegan Services Collective and Directory. Connie is an independent realtor and AmyLeo is a vegan chef, instructor, and coach. What better way to start than to join them on Saturday, August 2 from 1:00-3:00pm at the ARC office/Ethique Nouveau, 317 W 48th St. in Minneapolis. If you are a vegan and have a business or service that you would like to promote this is for you. We will take a moment to introduce ourselves and our businesses and then discuss how we can best support our fellow vegans by purchasing their goods and services. The long-term goal is to create a directory (e-directory and possibly a paper directory). This will be a joint venture and so we are (also) seeking individuals who are interested in and have the appropriate skills to move this project forward. Feel free to bring a vegan snack to share with others. RSVP at Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/ Paul McCartney Concert Tabling at 7:00 pm
ARC will have a table inside the Paul McCartney concert at Target Field on Saturday, August 2 and we will be handing out information to concert goers about going vegan.
|3 Vegan Food Sampling at 9:00 am
ARC will be hosting a vegan food sampling event at the Minneapolis Farmers Market, 312 East Lyndale Ave. North in Minneapolis on Sunday, August 3 from 9:00 am - 1:30pm. We will be sampling vegan ice cream bites and chocolate almond milk. This should be a great vegan outreach event to a receptive audience. Vegan Grocery Shopping Tour at 10:00 am
Are you newly vegan, know someone who is, or looking to expand your plant-based diet? Join Melissa, one of our vegan mentors, as she guides you on a tour of the Wedge Co-op, 2105 South Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis. You will learn simple tips for reading labels, discover products you overlooked in the past, and have your questions on veganism answered. With help from Melissa, you can make ethically sound and health-conscious choices about what you eat. RSVP at Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|4||5||6 Dine Out at Pizza Luce at 5:30 pm
Join us at the Pizza Luce Richfield at 800 W. 66th St. at 5:30 pm for a fun vegan dinner. Pizza Luce is very vegan friendly with many selections on their menu that are labeled vegan (or can be made vegan). RSVP at Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/ Cuddle Coats Meeting at 6:00 pm
Come and prep coats for shipping to our Cuddle Coats wildlife rehab partners from 6-7 and then the volunteer meeting from 7-8 will focus on the Cuddle Coats campaign and discuss the growth we have been experiencing, talk a little about fundraising, and discuss a new brochure for the program as well as what to do with all of the new donor quotes we have been collecting. Hope you can join us at the ARC office/Ethique Nouveau at 317 W 48th St. in Minneapolis.
|7||8||9 Vegan Potluck in the Park at 11:30 am
Impromptu picnic/potluck before the Help I Am Going Vegan workshop on Saturday . We thought this would be a great opportunity to let new vegans know that there is a friendly community of people in Minneapolis to help them on their journey towards becoming vegan. There are tables but please bring a blanket to sit on, your beverage, plate, utensils and a dish to share. Location is Fuller Park, W 48th St at Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55419 near Ethique Nouveau. Help, I am Going Vegan! at 1:00 pm
You know you want to go vegan, but you have all these questions. Now you can ask them all in one sitting and have knowledgeable and caring vegans give straight-forward answers. Seasoned vegans Melissa and Rachel love answering each and every question you have. Nutrition, ethics, environment, how to gently explain to Grandma that her banana bread is not vegan ... and how to teach her to make it vegan! This workshop is fun, laid back, informative, and free - and will be held from 1:00-3:00pm. We will meet at Ethique Nouveau at 317 W 48th St.. in Minneapolis and then decide whether to meet indoors or out . RSVP at Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|11 Wolf Children Screening at 6:30 pm
Join ARC at the Minnehaha Free Space, 3747 Minnehaha Ave. S in Minneapolis on Monday, August 11, at 6:30 PM to watch the movie Wolf Children, an animated feature length film from Japan (subtitled in English). This will be the first in a new series of film screenings where we will view non-documentary films and then discuss the movies in relation to animals and activism. More details and RSVP at Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|12||13 Dine Out for New Vegans at 6:00 pm
As a fairly new vegan, Amy L. thought it would be fun and therapeutic to create an opportunity for other newbies to talk about their transition to veganism—everything from negotiating lunch with omnivore friends to finding a way to live in a world that accepts the entrapment of innocents. Join Amy at Ginger Hop, 201 East Hennepin Ave NE in Minneapolis on Wednesday, August 13 at 6:00 pm. RSVP at Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|14||15 Book Group: Maus at 6:30 pm
Join ARC at Masu Sushi and Robata, 330 E Hennepin Ave. in Minneapolis for a discussion of Maus by Art Spiegelman. The book is a graphic novel that looks at a survivors experience of the Holocaust, as told to his son. The book is notable in that different groups of people are portrayed as different animals – those persecuted as mice, and those persecuting as cats, for example. We will explore how Maus also discusses race, gender, and religion, along with animals. This is a unique book in its treatment of animals. The book is widely available at bookstores such as Barnes and Noble, and also many libraries. RSVP at Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|16 Herbivorous Butcher Pop-Up at 2:30 pm
Join us at Ethique Nouveau, the ARC vegan boutique, on Saturday, August 16 from 2:30-5:00pm for a pop-up shop with the Herbivorous Butcher. They will be selling some of their meatless meats that have taken the Minneapolis Farmers Market by storm and donating 10% of the sales to the Animal Rights Coalition to help fund animal advocacy programs. Hope to see you there.
|17 Vegan Grocery Shopping Tour at 10:00 am
Are you newly vegan, know someone who is, or looking to expand your plant-based diet? Join Steve, one of our tour guides, as he guides you on a tour of Mississippi Market, 1500 West 7th St. in Saint Paul on Sunday, August 17th at 10:00am. You will learn simple tips for reading labels, discover products you overlooked in the past, and have your questions on veganism answered. With help from Steve, you can make ethically sound and health-conscious choices about what you eat. RSVP at Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/ Day of Action: Whole Foods at 10:30 am
Please join fellow animal advocates and rabbit lovers by asking Whole Foods to stop selling rabbit meat, and asking Whole Foods customers to join us! RSVP at Minnesota Animal Rights Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Minnesota-Animal-Rights-Meetup/ - note this is not an ARC event but we are posting it because we support this effort. Dineout at Jasmine 26 at 7:00 pm
Join dineout leader Casey at Jasmine 26, 8 E 26th St. in Minneapolis on Sunday, August 17 at 7:00 pm. RSVP at Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|18||19||20 Cuddle Coats Prep at 6:00 pm
We are receiving lots of fur donations for our Cuddle Coats program and would like to ship them to our wildlife rehabilitation partners as soon as possible. Meet at our vegan store and ARC headquarters, Ethique Nouveau at 317 W 48th St. in Minneapolis at 6:00pm to help prep donated fur coats and accessories for shipment by removing all buttons, zippers, liners, etc. Feel free to bring a lint roller and wear clothes that can get a little fuzzy. This is a great, low key way to volunteer for a bit and meet some of the other people in the group, while helping to save animal lives.
|21||22||23 Protest Exotic Animal Rides at 10:00 am
Please join us at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival from 10:00am to noon. We will be holding signs, passing out fliers, and educating attendees about why elephant and camel rides are no fun for the animals. The protest location is 3525 145th St W Hwy 169, which is the entrance to the Renaissance Festival grounds in Shakopee. For more information, or to RSVP go to Minnesota Animal Rights Meetup at http://www.meetup.com/Minnesota-Animal-Rights-Meetup/ Petland Protest in St. Paul at 1:00 pm
If you have to be picky about which protests you attend, pick this one from 1:00-3:30 pm at the Petland store at 2123 Old Hudson Road in St. Paul on Saturday, August 23. Help send a message loud and clear that we are not going away until Petland stops selling animals from commercial breeders. Even if you can only come for part of the protest, please try to make it. The animals need you to help educate the public on their behalf. Invite your friends. Help us spread the word. Remember that we do not park or trespass in the Petland parking lot. Parking is available in the St. Paul Youth Services lot to the north of the strip mall. RSVP at Minnesota Animal Rights Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Minnesota-Animal-Rights-Meetup/
|24 New Volunteer Orientation at 2:00 pm
Meet other people who care about animals as much as you do, get an overview of ARC programs, and figure out what you are most excited about so we can connect you with the right folks at ARC. Orientation will be held at Ethique Nouveau, the ARC vegan boutique, 317 W 48th St. in Minneapolis from 2:00-4:00pm. RSVP at Minnesota Animal Rights Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Minnesota-Animal-Rights-Meetup/
|25 The Cove Screening at 7:00 pm
Join us for a free screening of The Cove at the Minnehaha Free Space at 3747 Minnehaha Ave. S in Minneapolis. This Academy Award winning documentary follows a team of activists, filmmakers, and divers as they embark on a covert mission to penetrate a remote and hidden cove in Taiji, Japan. Utilizing state-of-the-art techniques, including hidden microphones and cameras in fake rocks, the team documents the annual dolphin slaughter at this small seaside village in Japan, which goes on from September until March. Come learn about this atrocity and what you can do to help. Director Louie Psihoyos will be available for questions on the Facebook event page after the screening. RSVP at Minnesota Animal Rights Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Minnesota-Animal-Rights-Meetup/
|26||27 Cuddle Coats Prep at 6:00 pm
We are receiving lots of fur donations for our Cuddle Coats program and want to ship them to our wildlife rehab partners as soon as possible. Meet at Ethique Nouveau at 317 W 48th St. in Minneapolis at 6:00 pm to help prep fur coats and accessories for shipment by removing all buttons, zippers, liners, etc. Wear clothes that can get a little fuzzy. This is a great, low key way to volunteer and meet some of the other people in the group while helping to save animal lives.
|28 Dineout at Indian Zayka at 6:00 pm
Join dineout leader Katie at Indian Zayka, 1260 Town Centre Dr. in Eagan on Thursday, August 28 at 6:00 pm. RSVP at Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|29||30 BBQ with All ABout Family at 3:00 pm
ARC has a team participating in a BBQ cook-off put on by All About Family, an organization that works to strengthen family bonds between parents and children, and between families and communities. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with people who may not typically have access to vegan food or information. Location is Van Cleve Park, 901 15th Ave SE in Minneapolis from 3:00-6:00pm. on Saturday, August 30.
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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.
How to Report Animal Cruelty
If an animal’s life is in immediate danger, call 911.
Call the Minnesota Federated Humane Societies at 612-866-8663 in the metro area or 1-877-8ANIMAL (1-877-826-4625) outside the metro area.
Minnesota Animal Welfare Statutes
Minnesota has very specific laws to ensure the humane treatment of animals. Minnesota law also prescribes criminal penalties and fines for failure to properly care for an animal. According to the laws, dogs, cats, and other animals must be provided with:
• Nourishing food in clean containers
• Clean, drinkable water (snow and ice are not adequate)
• Confinement areas: must allow animal to move freely; must provide shade from June to September; several animals kept together must be compatible; indoor confinement areas must be adequately lit, ventilated, and temperature controlled; surfaces must be impervious to moisture and readily cleaned and dry; feces must be disposed of properly; there must be opportunity for periodic exercise.
• Shelter: dogs kept outdoors for more than one hour must be provided with a dog house that meets the following specifications: moisture and wind proof; large enough for the dog and small enough to retain body heat; must be made of durable material raised at least 2 inches from the ground; entrance must be covered by wind proof material; bedding must be provided and be of straw, cedar shavings, or blankets.
Minnesota Statute 343.29 specifically authorizes the removal, sheltering, and caring for any animal who is not properly sheltered from cold, hot, or inclement weather, or any animal not properly fed and watered.
343.21 Overworking or mistreating animals; penalty
No person shall overdrive, overload, torture, cruelly beat, neglect, or unjustifiably injure, maim, mutilate, or kill any animal, or cruelly work any animal when it is unfit for labor, whether it belongs to that person or to another person.
Subd. 2.Nourishment; shelter.
No person shall deprive any animal over which the person has charge or control of necessary food, water, or shelter.
No person shall abandon any animal.
No person shall willfully instigate or in any way further any act of cruelty to any animal or animals, or any act tending to produce cruelty to animals.
Killing Dogs and Cats for Food
Increasingly, situations are occurring where people are raising dogs and cats and killing them for food. Unfortunately, many of the people charged with enforcing animal cruelty laws, such as the police and even some humane investigators, are not aware that this practice is illegal; they do not take enforcement action because they wrongly believe that it is simply a cultural issue. However, state and city laws prohibit anyone except a veterinarian or animal control officer from killing a domestic animal.
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