What we're about

If you're looking for a place to connect with other people who care about making the world better for all animals and you're ready to start taking action to realize that vision, this is the group for you. We are experienced, active, effective, and BUSY! There are lots of opportunities to help, like leafleting, protests, vegan food giveaways, tabling events, teaching workshops, reaching out to companies to work with them on changing policies, letter writing, sending furs to wildlife rehabs to help orphaned and injured wildlife - we do it all! We welcome people who are at different points in their journey, but our group's values include not using animals for any human purposes. We're working to liberate animals from all human oppression and we do not support efforts that encourage using animals in a "nicer" way. We love to eat and socialize as much as anyone, but there is already a wonderful, active Minneapolis Vegan Meet-up group that holds dine outs, potlucks, and other social events. This group is focused on increasing participation in animal activism in Minnesota. It's still a great way to meet people and socialize, but social events are not our major focus.

Upcoming events (3)

Protest Four Paws and a Tail

Four Paws and a Tail

Join us for a peaceful protest against Four Paws and a Tail, on public property near Northtown Mall, 398 Northtown Drive NE, Blaine, Minnesota from noon to 1:00 pm. Meet us at the intersection of County Road 10 and Jefferson, on the grassy area in front of Chipotle. Signs are provided but you're welcome to bring your own!

We oppose Four Paws and a Tail's business model of buying companion animals from large-scale, commercial breeding facilities and selling them to the public. We also oppose the idea that because a breeding facility is USDA licensed, it is also ethical.

Protest Four Paws and a Tail

Four Paws and a Tail

Join us for a peaceful protest against Four Paws and a Tail, on public property near Northtown Mall, 398 Northtown Drive NE, Blaine, Minnesota from noon to 1:00 pm. Meet us at the intersection of County Road 10 and Jefferson, on the grassy area in front of Chipotle. Signs are provided but you're welcome to bring your own!

We oppose Four Paws and a Tail's business model of buying companion animals from large-scale, commercial breeding facilities and selling them to the public. We also oppose the idea that because a breeding facility is USDA licensed, it is also ethical.

Protest Animal Exploitation at Ren Fest

12360 Chestnut Blvd

The Renaissance Festival is offering elephant, camel, pony, and llama rides, forcing horses to participate in jousting, and a petting zoo where you can hug a kangaroo, pet an African porcupine or hand feed a grape to a ringtail lemur.

Join our protest to help raise awareness about these unethical attractions at the Ren Fest and encourage people attending to skip the animal exploitation and instead enjoy the activities that don't hurt animals.

While many people jump at the opportunity to get close to animals by buying exotic animal rides at fairs and fests, they probably wouldn't if they knew about the suffering the animals endure being treated as amusement park attractions.

These animals are chained for many hours every day. They are trucked around the country from site to site in small trailers or trucks. If they were allowed to live in the wild, they would have extensive social networks and travel miles upon miles every day. But when they're sentenced to being "rides", walking in boring circles day after day with hundreds of pounds on their backs, for hour upon boring, uncomfortable hour.

There are huge public safety concerns, too. These are wild animals who are forced to comply with their handlers’ demands by force, and sometimes they will reach a limit, resist their captors and revolt. Petting zoos have been linked with numerous outbreaks of diseases such as E. coli, salmonellosis, and ringworm, to name a few.

Elephants also carry the human strain of tuberculosis (TB) and can easily transmit it. Most companies fail to have valid TB tests performed on their elephants due to the cost and difficulty of administration. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledges that this disease is highly transferable from elephants to humans.

Yet, despite their knowledge of the inherent cruelty and danger, the Minnesota Renaissance Festival continues to feature exotic animal rides.

We will be meeting at the Holiday Gas station (12681 Chestnut Blvd., Shakopee, MN 55379), to take activists to the Ren Fest entrance at 11:10. The gas station is our best bet for parking and a short walk to the Queen's Gate (12360 Chestnut Blvd). If you have any difficulties with parking and/or finding us, please feel free to call/text Kelsey at[masked]!

Signs will be provided, but feel free to make your own if you would like!

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Ethique Nouveau

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