Compassionate Action for Animals exists to educate the public about farmed animal suffering and to build an animal-friendly community in the Twin Cities region.
Compassionate Action for Animals is an inspirational example of the powerful change grassroots organizations can accomplish. Through their many forms of thought-provoking public outreach and education, CAA has opened the hearts and minds of countless individuals to the plight of farmed animals.
Nathan Runkle, Executive Director, Mercy for Animals
Our outreach work is focused on talking to people who don’t know about the immense suffering inherent in factory farming. We talk to them about the the conditions on factory farm and about how the animals on these farms are just as worthy of consideration as the animals that live with us in our homes.
Most of our outreach work is focused on our target demographic of college students and young adults. People are still forming their values at this stage, and we’ve found that this is the most receptive audience for our message.
Food giveaways are a mainstay of CAA’s vegetarian outreach efforts. Read more.
Distributing leaflets about factory farming and vegetarianism is one of the most effective forms of animal activism in terms of time spent, resources used, and results. Read more.
Tabling is a way of reaching out to the public on animal issues and vegetarianism. It’s also one of the best ways to attract new volunteers and supporters. Read more.
Twin Cities Veg Fest is a yearly event with a little something for everyone including vegan food samples, vegan food vendors, informational booths, and vegan product vendors. Read more.
Our educational programs give people who are interested in animal issues more information about topics such as vegan cooking, factory farming, or animal behavior.
Cooking and knowing what to eat are often barriers for people looking to explore animal-friendly diets. It might seem difficult now, but preparing vegan foods doesn’t have to be a chore! Read more.
Documentaries and movies present unique insights for viewers of the animals’ plight in a way that words and photographs perhaps cannot. Read more.
Motivating people to take a first step for animals is very important, but we think that it’s just as important to help stay committed to animal protection. Our community-building activities include potlucks, dine-outs, and other social events that bring the animal-friendly community in the Twin Cities area together.
CAA regularly organizes dine outs for animal-friendly folks in the community looking to connect and enjoy great food. Read more.
Episodes of the Compassionate Action for Animals podcast, Exploring Veg, as produced a few times a year, with no fixed schedule. Read more.
Potlucks are a great way build community. They give attendees a chance to try delicious vegan food, as well as meet other like-minded individuals. Read more.
All of the programs above support each other in making the Twin Cities a community that works to end the suffering of farmed animals.
The Wholesome Minnesota program works to reduce consumption of animal products in Minnesota institutions such as schools, colleges, workplace cafeterias, places of worship, and restaurants. The program trains volunteers on how to effectively advocate for institutional change.
We have a number of useful resources for activists, whether you’re working with CAA, another organization, or on your own.
- Planning a Veg Fest from Start to Finish
- Planning a Large Potluck
- Guide to Taking Pictures for CAA
- Guide to Running Effective Meetings
- Guide to Effective Leafleting
- Guide to Effective Tabling
- Guide to Pay-Per-View
- Guide to Etiquette and Frequently Asked Questions
- Guide to Effective Postering
- Guide to Designing Posters and Flyers
- Guide to Effective Chalking at the U of M
- Guide to Being a Friendly Animal Advocate