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- Pay Per View at NormandalePay Per View at Normandale
Time: 10:00 am
ARC will be doing Pay Per View tabling at Normandale Community College, 9700 France Ave. S in Bloomington from 10:00am-3:00pm. (Today) at 10:00 am
- April 29, 2015
- Cuddle Coats PrepCuddle Coats Prep
Time: 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 the ARC office (co-located with Ethique Nouveau) at 317 W 48th St. in Minneapolis at 6:00 pm to help prep fur coats and accessories for shipment. 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. at 6:00 pm
- Cuddle Coats PrepCuddle Coats Prep Time: 6:00 pm
- April 30, 2015
- May 2, 2015
- No Kill Walk for AnimalsNo Kill Walk for Animals
Time: 9:00 am
Stop by the ARC booth at the 5th Annual No Kill Walk For the Animals from 9 am - 1 pm at the International Bazaar at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Avenue North, St. Paul. We will be giving out information about our Minnesotans Exposing Petland campaign. See the No Kill Walk Facebook page for more info: http://www.facebook.com/nokillwalkfortheanimals at 9:00 am
- ARC at the Wellness ExpoARC at the Wellness Expo
Time: 9:30 am
Stop by the ARC table at the Wellness Expo on Saturday 5/2 from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm at the Ames Arena, 19900 Ipava Avenue in Lakeville, Minnesota. at 9:30 am
- No Kill Walk for AnimalsNo Kill Walk for Animals Time: 9:00 am
- May 3, 2015
- May Day Parade and FestivalMay Day Parade and Festival Join ARC at the May Day Parade and Festival in Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis on May 3rd. We are planning to march in the parade, which begins at noon, with the ARC banner. Afterwards, we will be passing out all sorts of information about our animal advocacy efforts. Let Chelsea at firstname.lastname@example.org know if you are interested in marching, tabling, leafleting, or all of the above. This is going to be an exciting and fun-filled day. (All Day)
- CRR Volunteer OrientationCRR Volunteer Orientation
Time: 12:00 pm
In celebration of International Respect for Chickens Day, learn how to help chickens at the Chicken Run Rescue Volunteer Orientation, co-sponsored by ARC, in Minneapolis (event address will be emailed to people who RSVP). The best way to advocate for chickens and other farmed animals is to know them as individuals through first-hand experience and hands-on learning. Learn WHO you are speaking for when you speak up for animals. Lots more details and RSVP at Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/ at 12:00 pm
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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.
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When Rescuing Really Means Killing: The Unanswered Questions
On Tuesday, February 10, 130 cats were “rescued” by the Animal Humane Society (AHS) from a hoarding situation in St. Anthony, Minnesota. AHS received multiple offers of help from other shelters and rescue organizations. AHS senior staff told the public and media that the cats would be kept for two to three weeks to complete medical and behavior evaluations. However, for the next few days, AHS executive director, Janelle Dixon was quoted as saying the cats were, “unlikely to be adoptable.” On Saturday, February 14, Dixon appeared on WCCO television and announced that the cats had been killed and cited common, treatable, and manageable ailments as the rationale for killing the cats.
Early the following week, KSTP Eyewitness News broke a story in which a shocking timeline was uncovered. In the story Eyewitness News reported that Kathie Johnson, AHS Director of Veterinary Services, had told reporters that it would take weeks to determine the cats’ health: ” ‘We’re giving them time to settle down and we’re hoping after a few days, we can start fully evaluating them,’ Johnson said on February 11. But now, the Humane Society said they were euthanized-not weeks later, not days later-but just hours later that same night.”
Most of the media that originally covered the “rescue” gave no coverage to the revelation that AHS had grossly misled them. But even after that revelation, there remain other questions that need to be asked to get to the full truth behind this story:
1) Why has no one interviewed the veterinarian in charge of the case?
2) Has the AHS Board of Directors asked for, or been given, a full briefing by the veterinarian in charge of the case?
3) Have reporters investigated the credentials of the Director of Veterinary Services, Kathie Johnson, who is not a veterinarian? Why is Ms. Johnson allowed to make life or death decisions for animals when she is not a veterinarian?
4) The 2/17 press release issued by AHS said that the cats were euthanized because “Clinical diagnosis and medical testing provided evidence of multiple health issues within the group of cats. The issues included upper respiratory infection (URI), ringworm, the herpes virus, and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV).” Why have no reporters questioned whether there is an accurate veterinary basis for this statement? For example, it is not possible to definitively diagnose ringworm within 24 hours. A ringworm culture must be done and it takes at least 10 days to obtain results from this culture. Another example: a positive FIV test result does not indicate that a cat has FIV, only that a cat has been exposed to the virus. How many cats were tested and how many positives were there?
5) If the St. Anthony cats were as unsocialized as AHS claimed, how was it possible to thoroughly examine 130 cats in a matter of a few hours before the cats were killed?
As of yet, there has been no public comment by AHS to the KSTP Eyewitness News discovery that AHS misled both the media and the public. We encourage the AHS Board of Directors, the media, and the public to ask the hard questions listed above so that all the facts in this disturbing case can be brought to light.