Speak Up for Minnesota Dogs and Cats

Senate File (S.F.) 462 and House File (H.F.) 702, known as the Dog and Cat Regulation Bill, were the bills introduced in 2011 for the 2011-2012 Minnesota Legislative Session to license and regulate commercial dog and cat breeders in Minnesota. The session ended on May 10, 2012 and neither bill was granted a hearing. The bills did not progress and were not voted on. A new bill to license and regulate commercial dog and cat breeders will be introduced in January 2013 for the 2013-2014 Minnesota Legislative Session.

Even though the 2011-2012 session has ended, legislators still welcome input from constituents during the interim. Please know that re-districting and the upcoming November 2012 election may change who represents you. Find contact information for your legislators and call, write or email them. Tell them you’re a constituent and are contacting them about inhumane dog and cat breeding in the State of Minnesota and the fact that Minnesota has no state laws to regulate commercial dog and cat breeders. Ask them to support legislation to license, inspect, and enforce standards of care for commercial dog and cat breeders in Minnesota. Read more about this issue and puppy and kitten mills in Minnesota here.

ARC Holiday Open House Recipes

White Chili with Homemade Tortilla Chips & Cilantro/Lime Mock Sour Cream

By popular demand, here is the recipe for the the delicious and easy to make White Chili with Homemade Tortilla Chips & Cilantro/Lime Mock Sour Cream served at the December ARC holiday open house by Rhymes With Vegan Chef Meagan Holtgrewe, and the Layered Vegan Taco Dip and Mini Taco Salads that were served. Enjoy!

Oppose the Ag-Gag!

The “ag-gag” bills, S.F. 1118/H.F. 1369, are still alive when the Minnesota Legislature convenes January 24 and may come up for hearings this session.. These bills would make it illegal for someone to enter a farm or animal-producing facility and take videos or photos without the owner’s permission. The bills would make even just possessing and distributing these videos or photos a crime. The bills did not pass in 2011 because many people, including the news media, thought they were unconstitutional.

Fur Free Friday and Compassionate Caroling!

We had a great start to the fur protest season with Fur Free Friday at Ribnick’s the day after Thanksgiving (see the photo of our youngest protester, Grace), and we kept up the momentum with compassionate caroling in December where carolers raised their voices against the cruel fur trade.

Grilling Without Killing at Gopher Tailgating

The ARC volunteer team again showed Gopher football fans that vegan grilling can be delicious as 478 fans tried something new at the first conference game of the season. We passed out samples of Tofurky brats and So Delicious vegan ice cream sandwiches. We were well received and had a great time offering samples and literature to folks as they went off to cheer for the home team. We especially loved all the comments people made about the food tasting better than they thought it would. It was encouraging to see vegan food get such good reviews from die-hard tailgaters.

No Pain In My Name

A new ARC campaign, No Pain In My Name, is now live. The campaign exposes Marilyn Carroll’s hideous experiments at the University of Minnesota, in which she “researches” the effects of drug addiction by training monkeys and rats to self-administer drugs that humans misuse such as cocaine, heroin, and alcohol. The site gives voice to the community this “research” is supposedly benefiting: addicts, recovered addicts, and those who love them. Visit the site and find out what you can do to help end these experiments.

Vegan University: Find the Vegan You at Vegan U!

The Animal Rights Coalition is excited to announce a new program designed to promote compassionate eating: Vegan University. Vegan University’s mission is to help you go (and stay) vegan.

Vegan University consists of three elements originated by ARC: free Vegan Shopping Tours of local co-ops and markets designed to teach people how to shop vegan, free Help, I’m Going Vegan workshops, and a Vegan Mentor program. We also host Vegan Community Circle discussion groups.

What makes Vegan University unique is that we not only support people interested in transitioning to veganism via mentoring and community, but we also help people with the “how” once they believe in the “why.” Read more about Vegan University.

Humane Education in Action: Nurturing the Roots of Compassion

Humane educator AmyLeo Barankovich is passionate about creating a better world for all beings. In her ARC-sponsored Teaching Compassion program, based in Minneapolis, she offers classes for grades K-3, and uses stories, music, and art to teach children about compassion. Read an interview with AmyLeo in the Institute for Humane Education newsletter.