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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.

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Volunteer Meeting & POTLUCK!

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Join us for ARC's monthly volunteer meeting & potluck! Bring a vegan snack or treat to share with the group for the beginning of the meeting while we discuss upcoming events - social and activism opportunities. We'll finish the meeting by discussing the upcoming State Fair campaign and putting ARC contact stickers on the literature we'll be distributing at events.

You may want to bring your calendar as we'll have a lot of other Summer events to share!

Vegan snacks and beverages will be provided, but please bring something for the whole group to enjoy if you're able.

All are welcome! You do not need to be vegan or vegetarian to attend ARC events.

Protest Animal Rides at MN Ren Fest

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The Renaissance Festival is offering elephant, camel, pony, and llama rides. 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, as well. 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.
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 11:30AM. The gas station is our best bet for parking and a short walk to the Queen's Gate (12360 Chestnut Blvd). If you miss a ride to the gate, you'll have to walk down Chestnut Blvd to the gate. If you have any difficulties with parking and/or finding us, please feel free to direct message us.

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

Photo taken by Brooke Reynolds (Captured by Brooke Photography): https://www.capturedbybrooke.com/.../Features/Ren-Fest-2017/

MN State Fair Sidewalk Chalk

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The MN State Fair claims to bring transparency to animal agricultural practices but instead it presents a highly sanitized version of the lives of farmed animals. Most of the farmed animals you see on display at the MN State Fair are living out the last days of their lives in crowded, stressful environments.

This year, we're asking that the MN State Fair move with the future of farming, choose to promote plant-based agriculture, and end the promotion of the unsustainable and unethical practices of farming animals.

Dairy cows are of special interest to our goal of ending the suffering of animals at the fair for three reasons. First, there are numerous dairy-related events at the fair involving the harming of cows, including the Dairy and Moo Booth and the Miracle of Birth Center. Second, consuming dairy products harms human health. And third, the breeding and farming of cows is harming our planet.

Join ARC for a sidewalk chalk gathering the night before the fair starts! Our goal is to chalk out a variety of phrases, quotes, hashtags and images to educate fair goers about the animal exploitation happening inside. We'll provide the content and chalk, but we need your help to spread the message! Pictures and text only need to be clear and legible, but if you're particularly good at art, let us know!

We'll meet outside the State Fair grounds main entrance (Snelling Ave. N and Midway Parkway). The entrance is listed as #5 in black on this map: https://www.mnstatefair.org/general-info/maps/

State Fair TV Outreach

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The MN State Fair claims to bring transparency to animal agricultural practices but instead it presents a highly sanitized version of the lives of farmed animals. Most of the farmed animals you see on display at the MN State Fair are living out the last days of their lives in crowded, stressful environments.

This year, we're asking that the MN State Fair move with the future of farming, choose to promote plant-based agriculture, and end the promotion of the unsustainable and unethical practices of farming animals.

Dairy cows are of special interest to our goal of ending the suffering of animals at the fair for three reasons. First, there are numerous dairy-related events at the fair involving the harming of cows, including the Dairy and Moo Booth and the Miracle of Birth Center. Second, consuming dairy products harms human health. And third, the breeding and farming of cows is harming our planet.

Join ARC to educate fair goers about the exploitation of dairy cows through TV outreach! You're invited to hold educational signs, TV screens, or ARC's campaign banner while ARC representatives help onlookers process the footage that highlights what happens to cows exploited at the State Fair.

We'll meet outside the State Fair grounds main entrance (Snelling Ave. N and Midway Parkway). The entrance is listed as #5 in black on this map: https://www.mnstatefair.org/general-info/maps/

If you're interested in volunteering, email ARC's Outreach manger at [masked].

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ARC Social for New Volunteers

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