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University of Minnesota to Start Meatless Mondays!

We worked hard this semester to encourage the University of Minnesota to incorporate more vegetarian and vegan options in their residential hall food service, and we won! Starting in the spring semester of 2012, Pioneer Hall will offer an all-vegetarian lunch on Mondays.

Compassionate Action for Animals collected 300 petition signatures asking to implement an all-vegetarian meal once per week. We then met with University Dining Services (UDS) and presented the petitions — they agreed! See Fox9's article about Meatless Monday.

We're pleased that UDS has taken this bold step. It will help thousands of animals that will not be exploited and killed for food, and it will also raise awareness about vegetarian dining options.

What you can do:

  • If you are a University student and have a meal plan, eat lunch on Monday at Pioneers and try their vegetarian meal!
  • Please give UDS positive feedback so that they will continue to offer Meatless Monday. We know that critics will be contacting UDS, so UDS needs to hear from you, too! You can call them at 612-626-7626, email them at, or thank them on their Facebook page.
  • If you are not a student, you can contact your favorite restaurant, your company's food service provider, or your school's dining services and ask them to participate in Meatless Monday.

Thanks to UDS for making this happen! We will be working next semester to let students know about this new option.

Ask Subway to add hearty vegan options to their menu

Do you enjoy Subway's Veggie Delight sandwich but wish you could feast on a "meatier" animal-friendly meal? Our allies at Compassion Over Killing have successfully lobbied Subway, and now select Subway restaurants throughout Canada are starting to dish out an all-vegan patty, promoted as the "Totally Vegged" vegetable patty!

What about restaurants in the US? While the vegan patty is currently only available in select locations in Canada, with enough positive feedback from consumers eager to see this option available everywhere, the company may decide to expand all of its menus. (Note: while some US locations may offer a veggie patty, it's unfortunately made with egg). That's why we need your help today:

Visit and call Subway at 203-877-4281 to add your voice to the thousands of others who are urging the company to add hearty vegan options to all of its menus.

VegGuide.Org: Our online guide to veg-friendly places

Looking for veg-friendly restaurants? Then check out VegGuide, our online guide to veg-friendly restaurants and shopping! VegGuide has over 16,000 entries world-wide, and there are all sorts of features to help you find them. You can search for entries near a specific address, look for only vegan-friendly places, and much more. When you visit the front page, it automatically finds the restaurants nearest to you. Whether you are at home or on the road, VegGuide has everything you need to make your dining experience a pleasure.

VegGuide is a community-driven website, and anyone can rate an entry, write a review, or add a new entry. If you've visited a restaurant recently that you loved or hated, share that with us. To rate a place you've visited, just go that place's entry on the guide and use the stars to the right of the entry's name. Every entry also has a "Write your review" button below those stars. We love new reviews!

You can also upload photos like building exteriors or dishes you've eaten. Every entry has a button on right labeled "Add/edit images". Click on that button for the image uploading form.

To add a new entry, just find the region it's located in and click on the "Add Entry" button near the top of the page. You'll be prompted to fill out a form describing the restaurant (or bakery, etc.) that you want to add. Once you've added the entry, please rate it and write a review.

VegGuide is a project run in partnership between Compassionate Action for Animals, Farm Sanctuary, The Humane League, Mercy for Animals, and Vegan Outreach

Visit VegGuide now or go straight to the Twin Cities area listings.

Give the Gift of Compassion This Holiday Season

Student Holding Soy Milk

While people are gathering together with family and friends for the holidays, many will not consider how the Thanksgiving turkey ended up as their centerpiece or how the holiday ham made it from farm to fork. At Compassionate Action for Animals we will be working hard to bring to light the many injustices animals will suffer, mostly out of tradition, this holiday season.

Fortunately, each of us can help prevent the needless cruelty and violence these animals endure by making the switch to a healthy and compassionate vegan diet. Can you continue your support and sustain our work by making a contribution of $50, $25, or $15?

We are striving year-round to raise awareness of the plight of farmed animals at the hands of the meat, dairy, and egg industries, and I am convinced that the work we are doing is making a difference for the animals in our world. We hosted regular educational and outreach events such as: visits to local schools, book club meetings, literature distribution, dine-outs to break bread with old friends, our successful restaurant outreach program, and new cooking classes where we learned about holiday cooking with a twist – it's animal-free. Special events included this year's Veg Week , a presentation by Paul Shapiro of the Humane Society of the United States, a "Shop with a Vegan" event, and a sanctuary tour giving participants the opportunity to learn about chickens and their individual personalities.

Our efforts and the overall progress of our movement wouldn't be possible without the generous support of donors like you. Please consider donating to CAA this holiday season. Donating makes a great gift in honor of the animals or on behalf of someone special! We will notify that "someone special " with a thank-you card. Your tax-deductible donations will be used to fund our mission of reducing and eliminating the suffering of factory-farmed animals.

Give the gift of compassion this holiday season, and help make a difference!

Yours for the animals,

Unny Signature

Unny Nambudiripad

Executive Director

Announcing the First Ever Twin Cities Veg Fest!

Compassionate Action for Animals is hosting the first ever Twin Cities Veg Fest on July 14th, 2012. Twin Cities Veg Fest is for anyone and everyone – from vegetarians and vegans to omnivores!

If you've ever thought about becoming vegetarian or are interested in reducing animal suffering, you'll love Twin Cities Veg Fest. Learn where your food comes from, how to be a healthy vegetarian or vegan, and why being compassionate benefits everyone. Plus you'll enjoy tons of free food samples and delicious vegan cuisine. The festival will take place from 10 am to 5 pm in Coffman Memorial Union at University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Check back here or at for forthcoming details, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Investigation Exposes Cruelty to Chickens

Mercy for Animals released an investigation last week that shows incredible cruelty towards egg-laying chickens at a Litchfield, Minnesota based Sparboe Foods farm. The footage shows:

  • Hens crowded into wire cages with less space for each bird than a sheet of paper to live her entire miserable life, unable to fully stretch her wings
  • Workers burning off the beaks of young chicks without painkillers
  • Rotted hens, decomposed beyond recognition as birds, left in cages with hens still laying eggs

and many other such abuses. The investigation was covered by 1,500 news outlets in worldwide. Please consider opting out of this cruelty by exploring a plant-based diet.

2011 Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck

Please join us for the annual Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck hosted by Compassionate Action for Animals.

This potluck will be held on Saturday, November 19th, from 2-5pm at Matthews Park Recreation Center in Minneapolis. This has been a great event in years past and is typically attended by 100-150 people. This is a vegan event, so please do not bring any food items with animal ingredients (i.e., no meat, dairy, eggs, butter or cheese). We are aiming for a combination of appetizers, fruit/veggie salads, side dishes, main courses, desserts, and non-alcoholic beverages.

In consideration for those with allergies and sensitivities, please bring an ingredient list to place next to your dish on the serving table. Additionally, if you wish to enter this years raffle for animal friendly prizes, you may submit your recipe to the raffle organizer the day of the event in order to enter yourself in the raffle. Those who enter their recipe's will be eligible to win prizes in the raffle which will be held at 4pm.

Please indicate what you are bringing when you RSVP and be aware that you can update your RSVP if you later decide to bring something else. We are requesting that people bring their own plates and utensils so that we do not have to purchase paper or plastic plates and utensils. We're trying to make this event as green as possible and we will be composting at this event.

Please consider volunteering! We need a lot of help to make this event happen.

We all hope to see you there!

Give to the Max Day is Today!

Give to Compassionate Action for Animals Today for Give to the Max Day!

Help animals by giving to Compassionate Action for Animals on Give to the Max Day on Wednesday, November 16th! When you donate to CAA, we become eligible for $1,000 randomly-selected prizes.

When we contemplate the future, we see a world where factory farms no longer exist. Animals are treated with kindness, compassion, and respect, rather than as tools or machines. But we can't reach this future without your help.

At Compassionate Action for Animals, your donations support our efforts to reach out to the public and educate them about the horrors of modern factory farming. Your support lets us continue our leaflet distribution, video showings, and food giveaways, as well as our many other outreach, education, and community-building activities.

Thank you for your support!

Compassionate Times Fall 2011

Dear friends of animals,

I'm excited to update you on Compassionate Action for Animals' successes this fall. I am happy to say that I have not been overwhelmed with hearing about animal suffering but rather the positive response that I have received from people who have attended our events – and I'm elated to meet excited new volunteers!

Our obstacle to creating more change for animals has not been the supposed apathy of the public to animal suffering, but rather our limited capacity to engage with everybody who is interested in hearing our message and getting the resources that we want to provide. For every person that we gave a free vegan food sample at the Vegan Food Showcase, I know there are several more who would like to try a new animal-free food. For every person who came to the Veg Week dine-out at Everest on Grand, I know there are a dozen who would love to try new options at a great veg-friendly restaurant. And for everyone who came to our chicken sanctuary tour, there are many more that would benefit from getting to know the personalities of individual farm animals.

Nonetheless, I am happy to report that we had extensive success in reaching a new audience to welcome our message of compassion and to further engage those who want to help animals. Here's a few of the things we accomplished this fall:

  • Handed out well over 1,000 vegan food samples at our annual Vegan Food Showcase. Read more about the Vegan Food Showcase here.
  • Hosted Paul Shapiro of the Humane Society to kick off Veg Week. Read more about Veg Week.
  • "It was surprisingly easy to not eat meat! I also got to be creative when cooking and tried a few really good recipes. I also realized how many vegetarian options there really are in restaurants." – Pledge to Be Veg participant

    Held two new Veg Week events: A Vegan Bake Sale and "Shop With a Vegan." The Vegan Bake Sale was phenomenally successful! We sold out of all the baked goods about half way through and met numerous people who were interested in learning more about factory farming, donating, and volunteering.

  • Launched Where Your Food Comes From website to let people know about the cruelties of modern factory farming and started running advertisements. We received a generous donation to sponsor the advertisements
  • Continued to hold regular Vegan After Dark events at night spots, free Cooking Classes, and Dine-outs at veg-friendly restaurants

Thank you for your generous financial support, for volunteering, and for helping us further the animals' cause.

We have our biggest potluck coming up! Please join me at our annual Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck on November 19. This year, we are offering a free entry into the raffle if you bring a written recipe with your vegan dish.

Please feel free to contact me any time with feedback, and I hope to see you at an event soon!

Yours for the animals,

Unny Signature

Unny Nambudiripad

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