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- Vegan Grocery Shopping TourVegan Grocery Shopping Tour
Time: 10:00 am
Are you newly vegan, know someone who is, or looking to expand your plant-based diet? Join Katie, an enthusiastic vegan, as she guides you on a tour of Valley Natural Foods, 13750 County Road 11 in Burnsville. 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 Katie, you can make ethically sound and health-conscious choices about what you eat. RSVP at Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/ (Today) at 10:00 am
- Turkey-free ThanksgivingTurkey-free Thanksgiving
Time: 5:00 pm
The food will be bountiful and delicious and, of course, cruelty-free when you join ARC and the Alliance for Sustainability for the 21st Annual Healthy Harvest Turkey-free Thanksgiving Potluck and Silent Auction 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, 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. (Today) at 5:00 pm
- November 26, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. at 7:00 pm
- Cuddle Coats PrepCuddle Coats Prep Time: 6:00 pm
- November 28, 2014
- Fur Free FridayFur Free Friday
Time: 2:30 pm
Friday, November 28 is Fur Free Friday. We will be protesting outside of Ribnicks Furs and Leather (224 N 1st Street Minneapolis) on Black Friday, the largest shopping day of the year. The demo will be from 2:30-4 p.m. If you agree that it is not acceptable to commit acts of violence in the name of vanity, this event is for you. After 21 years, we are still participating in Fur Free Friday because there are many people who do not realize the realities of the fur industry, so we take this opportunity to educate the public. We will have signs and literature available, but feel free to make a personalized sign. Any questions, contact Alex Beane at email@example.com or Greg Kiefer at firstname.lastname@example.org. at 2:30 pm
- Protest the Shrine CircusProtest the Shrine Circus
Time: 5:30 pm
Protest the Shrine Circus at the Target Center, 600 1st Avenue North in Minneapolis, on Friday, 11/28 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Signs will be provided, but feel free to make your own. The Shrine Circus comes to town every year, but this year they are only here for three instead of four days, and they are here later in the year - which makes us think that maybe they are responding to a lower attendance rate and also trying to discourage protesters by coming later in the year when it will be a bit colder. BUT WE ARE MINNESOTANS and a little cold will not scare us. Wild animal circuses have been banned in other countries for being cruel and inhumane. More and more people are recognizing that it is impossible to keep wild animals who would be roaming dozens of miles per day if they were free, in small traveling box cars or trucks for so many days out of the year, hour after hour. We hope you will join us as we continue to drive ticket sales down even more this year. at 5:30 pm
- Fur Free FridayFur Free Friday Time: 2:30 pm
- November 29, 2014
- Cuddle Coats PrepCuddle Coats Prep
Time: 12:00 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 noon 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 12:00 pm
- Dineout at Bambu for CouplesDineout at Bambu for Couples
Time: 6:30 pm
Are both of you vegan? Would you like to hang out with other vegan couples for a meal? Come to this dine out at Bambu, 715 Beam Ave. in Maplewood on Saturday, November 29 at 6:30 pm. RSVP at Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/ at 6:30 pm
- Cuddle Coats PrepCuddle Coats Prep Time: 12:00 pm
- November 30, 2014
- 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 1:00-3:00 pm at the Petland store at 2123 Old Hudson Road in St. Paul on Sunday, November 30. 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
- Petland Protest in St. PaulPetland Protest in St. Paul Time: 1:00 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.