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- April 25, 2014
- Leaflet at U of M Spring JamLeaflet at U of M Spring Jam
Time: 11:45 am
Join ARC in leafletting at the U of M Spring Jam from 11:45am-12:45pm for the No Pain In My Name campaign. Meet in front of Coffman Union, by the front doors, at 300 Washington Ave SE in Minneapolis. For the past 30 years Dr. Marilyn Carroll has been forcibly addicting primates, rats, and mice to nicotine, alcohol, and street drugs to induce cravings and observe their painful withdrawal, all on the taxpayer dime. To date, she has NOTHING to show for her years of research except a body count of abused animals. Join us as we hand out leaflets with information about this wasteful, cruel, expensive research and help raise awareness of our campaign. RSVP at Minnesota Animal Rights Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Minnesota-Animal-Rights-Meetup/ at 11:45 am
- Leaflet at U of M Spring JamLeaflet at U of M Spring Jam Time: 11:45 am
- April 26, 2014
- Worldwide Vegan Bake SaleWorldwide Vegan Bake Sale
Time: 1:00 pm
It's that time of year again. The World Wide Vegan Bake Sale is the biggest and best bake sale of the year and we are proud to be putting on our sixth WWVBS in as many years. Time flies. Come, and bring your friends to stock up on lots of vegan goodies. Sweets and savories, we will even have treats for dogs this year. Just remember to bring some kind of a box or container to haul your loot home because we will be charging for boxes this year to make the event more eco-friendly. If you would like to contribute, email Betsy Born at firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know what you would like to bring. Be sure to write the ingredients down somewhere so that allergy sufferers are well-informed. We also request that items be donated pre-wrapped or cut so that they are easier to divvy up. You can drop them off between 12pm-12:45pm on the day of the sale or between 12pm-6pm the day before. Bake sale will be held at Ethique Nouveau, 317 W 48th St. in Minneapolis from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at 1:00 pm
- Peaceable Kingdom II ScreeningPeaceable Kingdom II Screening
Time: 6:00 pm
Join us at Boneshaker Books, 2002 23rd Ave. S in Minneapolis at 6:00 pm for a screening of the movie Peaceable Kingdom II. Interwoven with the stories of farmers is the dramatic animal rescue work of a newly trained humane police officer whose sense of justice puts her at odds with the law she is charged to uphold. With strikingly honest interviews and rare footage demonstrating the emotional lives and intense family bonds of animals most often viewed as commodities, this groundbreaking documentary shatters stereotypical notions of farmers, farm life, and perhaps most surprisingly, farmed animals themselves. RSVP at MinneapolisVegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/ at 6:00 pm
- Worldwide Vegan Bake SaleWorldwide Vegan Bake Sale Time: 1:00 pm
- April 30, 2014
- Book Group: Op. Bite BackBook Group: Op. Bite Back
Time: 7:00 pm
Join the book group at Hard Times Cafe, 1821 Riverside Avenue in Minneapolis from 7-8:30 pm, for a discussion of the true-life story of Rod Coronado, who launched Operation Bite Back, a war on fur farming that left a trail of burned-out labs and farms across the country and made him the subject of an intense, years-long FBI manhunt. The campaign helped give rise to the Animal Liberation Front and its spin-off, the Earth Liberation Front. Join us for a discussion of this true-life story that reads like a values-based action packed novel. We will talk about the controversies around direct action as a liberation strategy, the current war on wolves, and how Native traditions tie in with modern day mainstream values. Rod Coronado himself will be our special guest; come and meet the man this book is all about. at 7:00 pm
- ARC In Action MeetingARC In Action Meeting
Time: 7:00 pm
ARC In Action meetings are held every Wednesday from 7-8pm at our vegan store and ARC headquarters, Ethique Nouveau, located at 317 W. 48th St. in South Minneapolis (on 48th St. between Lyndale and Nicollet). Everyone is welcome - you do not have to be an ARC member to attend. Come out, meet other people who care about animals as much as you do, and see how you can get involved. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail Dallas at email@example.com. at 7:00 pm
- Book Group: Op. Bite BackBook Group: Op. Bite Back Time: 7:00 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.