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- Vegan Donuts At Glam DollVegan Donuts At Glam Doll
Time: 10:00 am
Join the meetup at Glam Doll, 2605 Nicollet Ave. in Minneapolis. Glam Doll has a selection of vegan donuts available (and yummy coffee drinks), so take a few home for the family, too. This dine-out is very casual, so feel free to come in your pajamas and be lazy. RSVP at Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/ (Today) at 10:00 am
- North Vegans LaunchNorth Vegans Launch
Time: 11:00 am
North Vegans is a new ARC program based in North Minneapolis and nearby metro areas which is focused on food justice, ending food deserts, and making veganism accessible to all. We are launching this program at at the Open Streets Lowry Festival from 11am-6pm where we will be giving out free vegan handouts, recipes, and goodies for the whole family, including stickers and comic books. Tabling area is at the NE corner of Penn Ave. N and Lowry Ave. N in Minneapolis. You can finnd North Vegans on Facebook also. (Today) at 11:00 am
- September 21, 2014
- Wiggle Butt 5KWiggle Butt 5K
Time: 8:00 am
ARC will be talking with dog lovers about our Minnesotans Exposing Petland campaign, asking people to sign our petition, and raising awareness about the cruelties inherent in the pet trade industry. Event is from 8am-3pm on Harriet Island in St. Paul. at 8:00 am
- Wiggle Butt 5KWiggle Butt 5K Time: 8:00 am
- September 24, 2014
- 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 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
- 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
- Cuddle Coats PrepCuddle Coats Prep Time: 6:00 pm
- September 27, 2014
- Brunch Meetup - Vegans Over 50Brunch Meetup - Vegans Over 50
Time: 11:00 am
Are you a vegan over 50. Consider hanging out with other older vegans for a lovely meal at Pizza Luce, 800 W 66th Street in Richfield. Pizza Luce has a nice variety of vegan options on their menu. We look forward to meeting you. More details and RSVP at Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/ at 11:00 am
- VegKins Tour of CRRVegKins Tour of CRR
Time: 12:00 pm
The ARC VegKins group for parents raising vegan children will tour Chicken Run Rescue in Minneapolis on Saturday, September 27 with the first tour from noon to 1:00 pm and the second tour from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. This will be a great opportunity for kids to spend quality time with the residents of Chicken Run Rescue. RSVP on the VegKins Facebook page and note how many adults+kids would like to come to the tour. Shelly Bell, VegKins Parent Coordinator, will email you back with more details. at 12:00 pm
- Petland Protest in St. PaulPetland Protest in St. Paul
Time: 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, September 27. 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. at 1:00 pm
- Vikings Stadium DemonstrationVikings Stadium Demonstration
Time: 1:00 pm
Urge the Vikings football team to use bird-safe glass in the construction of their new stadium. Birds do not perceive transparent glass as a solid object and attempt to fly to reflected habitat or through the invisible surface, often being killed in these collisions. In response to concerns for the welfare of our birds, the people with the power to make this change have said they will turn off lights when possible but that is not sufficient to protect the birds. Join this event organized by the Minnesota Chapter of the Audubon Society and endorsed by ARC. Meet at the Downtown East Light Rail Station & Platform, 429 Park Ave. South in Minneapolis. Signs will be provided. at 1:00 pm
- Brunch Meetup - Vegans Over 50Brunch Meetup - Vegans Over 50 Time: 11:00 am
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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.