24th Annual Turkey-Free Friendsgiving Potluck
The food will be bountiful and delicious when you join ARC and friends for the 24th Annual Turkey-Free Friendsgiving Potluck, on Sunday 11/12 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Living Spirit United Methodist Church, 4501 Bloomington Ave. 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, including a serving spoon (vegan = no meat, dairy, eggs, gelatin, honey, or refined sugar). Figure on your dish serving about 10 people. Also bring a list of ingredients in your dish so we can be allergy-friendly. A variety of delicious vegan cheeses will be available for you to sample, and water and coffee will be provided.
This is a wonderful event to bring your friends and family to and show them how delicious vegan holiday eating can be. We are looking forward to sharing a special meal with all of our friends, both longtime and brand new. RSVP on Vegan Meetup or the Facebook event.
ARC Volunteer Day at Chicken Run Rescue
Join us for ARC’s annual volunteer day at Chicken Run Rescue on Sunday, October 22 from noon-3:00pm. Volunteers will help with whatever activities/chores CRR needs done to get settled in for the fall and winter. There will be a variety of tasks for everyone. CRR is located about an hour outside of the Twin Cities. Please RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. This event is limited to 20 volunteers. Chelsea will mail out details and location closer to the event date.
No children at the Volunteer Day event please; we are doing a separate tour of Chicken Run Rescue on Saturday, October 7 that is child-friendly through ARC’s VegKins program. See info on that tour at the VegKins Facebook page.
Protest Exotic Animal Rides at the Minnesota Ren Fest
Join us on Sunday, September 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.for a peaceful and legal protest of the exotic animal rides at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. Help us educate the public about why they should skip these rides and instead enjoy the activities that don’t hurt animals.
Many people who jump at the chance to get close to animals by buying exotic animal rides probably wouldn’t if they knew about the suffering the animals endure. The violence that goes into training animals used for rides isn’t seen by the public because the owners of these operations know that people would be enraged if they knew how the animals are beaten into submission. Elephants have to be made so frightened of the bull hook the handler carries that they will behave in front of spectators.
These animals are trucked around the country from site to site in small trailers or trucks. In the wild, they have extensive social networks and travel miles on foot every day. But when they’re sentenced to being amusement park rides they plod in boring circles day after day with hundreds of pounds of their back, for hour upon boring uncomfortable hour.
The MN Ren Fest continues to feature these rides, despite their parent company having discontinued the elephant rides at its Kansas City Ren Fest. Please take the time to comment on the Ren Fest Facebook page.
Photo by Captured by Brooke Photography at this year’s MN Ren Fest. As one of the elephants was begging for water, the handler poked her with his bull hook and gave her a Coke.
Animal Rights & Human Rights: A Plea for Solidarity
by Guest blogger Kingsley Manfredo
It is the proclaimed position of many animal rights activists that compassion has no boundaries. We feel that our daily struggle against speciesism on behalf of oppressed animals is a moral imperative. We protest, we demonstrate, we march, and we change the way we live our lives to serve as inspiration to others to embrace their values. We want to create a world wherein justice for all includes fur, fins, and feathers.
But what about justice for oppressed humans?
Protest “Extreme Race Day” at Canterbury Park
Each year Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN adds “extreme” races to its usual lineup of horse racing, proclaiming “It’s a real zoo! Camel, Ostrich, and Zebra races!” Join the Animal Rights Coalition to protest this ridiculous exploitative event on Saturday July 15, from noon to 2:00 p.m. Let’s use our voices to peacefully show Canterbury and its patrons that we don’t believe animals should be used as entertainment, exotic or otherwise. Signs will be provided, but feel free to bring your own.
We will protest at the intersection of Canterbury Road and 12th Ave, across the street from McDonalds. This is a high traffic area as it is where folks will come off 169 to head into the park and there are many businesses nearby.
Virtual Reality at Pride
We had such a wonderful weekend at the Twin Cities Pride Festival. We handed out nearly 3,000 pieces of literature on animal rights and veganism AND debuted our Virtual Reality Pay Per View to huge success. So many great eye opening conversations about how animals raised for food are treated and how switching to a plant-based diet is good for the animals, your health, and the environment. This couple watched the videos together. It was inspiring to see them support each other in making positive changes.
Packing Plant-Based Food for Children
We had a great group of families from ARC’s VegKins program at the recent Feed My Starving Children event in Eagan, Minnesota. VegKins families packed plant-based food for children desperately in need. It was a rewarding experience for all.
Take Action Today! Shut Down Animal Exhibiting at Dakota County Fur Farm
For years, Fur-Ever Wild in Eureka Township, Minnesota has operated as a petting zoo and fur farm, with the owners breeding animals, exhibiting them for a fee, and then slaughtering them for their fur (according to previous statements by the business).
A court ruling last year found that Fur-Ever Wild’s petting zoo operation violated local ordinances, and the animal exhibition part of the business was shut down. So we were surprised to learn that Fur-Ever Wild is now advertising “volunteer” positions, which require a fee, to hold and feed animals. It seems the new “volunteer” program is an attempt to sidestep the law and continue profiting by selling contact with the animals in addition to their fur.
Minnesota residents, we need your help to urge the Dakota County Sheriff, Dakota County Attorney, and Eureka Township Board to uphold the law and shut down this activity. Fill out the Animal Legal Defense Fund form to tell officials to shut it down!