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Book Discussion: Redemption: The Myth of Pet Over Population & No Kill Movement

Please join the Animal Rights Coalition for our monthly book group. This month, we will be reading the book "Redemption:" by Nathan Winograd. To participate, please read the book in advance and then join us for a group discussion. The ARC book group is a great way to connect with other volunteers while learning and having a meaningful conversation about important issues. 

If you would like to get your copy at Ethique Nouveau, you'll be supporting Minnesota's only vegan store as well as local animal advocacy programs. Call[masked] to reserve your copy, or just stop in. 

The meetup is free but we so appreciate it when people pitch in a dollar or two to help us cover meetup fees.

Feel free to show up early and snag a coffee or treat, I hope you all can make it! 


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  • Julie Eyrich W.

    This is the real 'Redemption' movie. In the past 10 years, 10 million pit bull type dogs have been killed at shelters. This movie gets to the heart of the problem & will help break the cycle. G.K. Simpson and Byron Haygood (B. Good) are two ex-dog breeders who take viewers into a world where money talks and pit bulls are the currency, and the media perpetuate many of the stereotypes maligning this misunderstood breed. In their search for solutions to the plight of the pit bull, B. Good and G.K. meet with shelter officials, rescue groups, breeders, dog fighters, and everyday people on the street. Mercy's Kennel is a story about redemption and salvation that transcends race, culture, and economics. The documentary presents a compelling look at the unique challenges facing pit bulls, their struggle to survive in an increasingly hostile world, and the men and women who will do almost anything to save them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiZOj9o6jpE

    June 7, 2014

  • Julie Eyrich W.

    I have read Nathan Winograd's book, 'Redemption.' What bothered me the most is that he denies pet overpopulation and vilifies shelters and disparages the national groups. No sources were cited in his book either. He divides the rescue community with polarizing tactics instead of bringing everyone together for the same cause.


    According to Nathan Winograd's list of communities, only 2% of the US population are served by no-kill shelters that betray animals by turning many of them away because they are full most of the time. http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/animal-rights/no-kill-equation-truth-revealed "

    June 4, 2014

    • Julie Eyrich W.

      For all my rescue friends that are desperately trying to find homes for all the displaced animals, this man has the gall to deny pet over population, so sad and so damaging. Most shelters are more than willing to let rescue groups pull as many animals out as they want to save. We have too many animals and not enough people willing to adopt.

      June 4, 2014

    • Julie Eyrich W.

      It's the hardest to place animals not finding loving homes 2.3 million cats a year. The bottom line reason why U.S. shelters are receiving more than a million pit bulls per year & killing 90% of them is that the pit bull sterilization rate, nationally, isn't even 25%, compared to 70%-plus for all non-bully breeds combined. Free sterilization of pit bulls isn't doing it. Even the four biggest free pit bull sterilization programs in the U.S. are still fixing half as many pit bulls per year. The second illusion is the notion that shelters can adopt their way out of the pit bull influx -- which didn't work with any other breed, either, until spay/neuter drastically reduced the intakes. http://www.examiner.c...­

      June 4, 2014

  • Rina

    Hi! I was wondering if the book club is at 4-6 pm? or at 7 pm? I called Ethique Nouveau and they said it's from 4-6. Thanx!

    February 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      It's from 4-6. :)

      February 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is a great book choice! Ending the shelter killing of millions of animals per year in the U.S. is a perfectly realistic and attainable goal. It simply requires that certain programs and policies are put into place. Hundreds of communities in the U.S. have already achieved "no-kill" status in the past several years. I sure hope that Minneapolis and St. Paul get there soon. I think St. Paul will be no-kill in the very near future (thanks to recent changes in management and policies at St. Paul Animal Control), but Minneapolis needs major changes to take place. The author of this book, Nathan Winograd, will be in Minneapolis on June 6, 2014 for the world premier of the movie based on this book!

    February 18, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, Laura! The Animal Rights Coalition is a proud sponsor of that premiere and we're very much looking forward to it.

      February 19, 2014

  • Ryan

    is the book for sale at your store?

    January 22, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Ryan, we have some on order - would you like me to send you a note when they come in? The copies we had have all sold.

      1 · January 22, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ryan, the books are in! Would you like me to hold one for you? Give me a call at[masked] if you would.

      1 · January 24, 2014

  • Natalie

    At Normandale Community College The Animal Rights Club held an educational event entitled "No-Kill Shelter Reform"; which highlighted a lot of Nathan Winograd's ideas about the unnecessary and myth riddled practice of euthanasia by organizations such as ASPCA, National Humane Society, and even PETA.

    January 17, 2014

  • Andrew

    I read this book two years ago and it changed my outlook on everything. Thank you for this fantastic choice!

    January 16, 2014

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