Animal Rights & Human Rights: A Plea for Solidarity

20840655_1406828989353790_4311141407366042039_nby 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

19665491_10154796630782825_4229268385708275908_nEach 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

Pride - couple doing VRWe 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

VegKins_Feed My Starving Children_packing plant based food for HaitiWe 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

Wolf PupsFor 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!

Cuddle Coats Prep Session and Grill Out

Baby beavers with their Cuddle CoatsJoin the Animal Rights Coalition in helping orphaned and injured wild animals through our Cuddle Coats program. Every week we receive donated fur coats from the public, and volunteers prep and ship the coats to our wildlife rehabilitation center partners all across the U.S, where they’re used to help animals like these baby beavers snuggling in their donated Cuddle Coats. Prepping the coats involves removing buttons and fasteners, cutting out labels and linings, etc. All supplies are provided. We suggest wearing something you don’t mind getting a bit fuzzy.

Following cleanup, we’ll grill veggie burger patties and buns. Veggie burgers and buns will be provided, but please bring some burger toppings you enjoy. Event is at the ARC office, co-located with Ethique Nouveau, 317 W 48th St. in Minneapolis on Sunday, May 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

RSVP on Vegan Meetup or the Facebook event.

ARC Speaker Series: Former Political Prisoner Daniel McGowan

If a Tree FallsCOMMITTED TO THE STRUGGLE: Former Political Prisoner Daniel McGowan on Repression and Radical Activism under Trump

Daniel McGowan is a social justice activist from NYC whose arrest and conviction for “eco-terrorism” in 2005 became a flashpoint in the Green Scare repression of environmental and animal rights activist communities. His story is the focus of the Academy Award nominated documentary film If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (2011). (A free screening of the film will be held several weeks before the talk).

Daniel will be speaking about his own personal history and sharing novel approaches to movement building and radical activism under the Trump administration.

This free talk is Friday, May 12 at 7:00-9:00 PM at Walker United Methodist Church, 3104 16th Ave. S in Minneapolis. Childcare will be provided. The space is wheelchair accessible (via a ramp), and American Sign Language interpretation will be available.

Brought to you by the Animal Rights Coalition with support from the Anti-War Committee, Communities United Against Police Brutality, Minnesota Animal Liberation, MN Committee to Stop FBI Repression, National Lawyers Guild (MN Branch), Progress for Science Minnesota, and Support Vegans in the Prison System.

Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale – 9th year!

2017 WWVBSIt’s that time of year again! The World Wide Vegan Bake Sale is the biggest and best bake sale of the year. This year, all proceeds will benefit SoulSpace Farm Sanctuary. SoulSpace, located in New Richmond, Wisconsin, provides rescue, rehabilitation, and a permanent safe haven to farm animals in need. Come and bring your friends to stock up on lots of vegan goodies. The sale is on Saturday, April 15 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the ARC office/Ethique Nouveau, 317 West 48th Street in Minneapolis. Remember to bring a box or container to haul your loot home because we’ll be charging for boxes to keep the event eco-friendly.

If you donate baked goods (and thank you in advance if you do!), please write the ingredients down for people with food allergies. Donated items should be pre-wrapped or cut so that they’re easier to divvy up. Please drop them off between 12 and 12:45 on the day of the sale or between 12pm-6pm the day before.