Cleveland Animal Rights Alliance

First Annual Cleveland VegFest!

When:   Saturday, June 1st from 9:30am - 7:30pm
Where:  Cleveland State University's Student Center, 2121 Euclid Ave 

CARA will have an information booth at this FREE, family-friendly event!  Cleveland VegFest will feature a screening of the award-winning film, Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home at 11am followed by Q&A with the filmmakers and subject in the film, Harold Brown.  The event will also feature a wide variety of local and national experts speaking on health & nutrition, environmental sustainability, and social justice/animal rights.  Several top plant-based chefs will demonstrate the art of preparing delicious, wholesome food throughout the day.  Cleveland's favorite chefs, restaurants and confectioneries will be selling their best-selling vegan menu items plus national and local vendors will be showcasing a wide range of vegan products and resources.

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Connect with Cleveland VegFest on Facebook 
    Cleveland Vegan Book Club When:  Wed, June 19th from 6:00 - 8:00pm Where:  Visible Voice Books (in Tremont) Upstairs, 1023 Kenilworth Ave
  For June we'll be discussing the recently released book: This is Hope: Green Vegans and the New Human Ecology (How We Find Our Way to a Humane and Environmentally Sane Future) by Will Anderson.  

CARA's book club meetings take place on the third Wednesday of each month at Visible Voice Books in Tremont.  We feature books on various aspects of veganism including health, ethics, environmental issues, social justice, etc.  Visible Voice Books has a wine and coffee bar so drinks are available for purchase and they permit food to be brought into their meeting room.  Join us for some consciousness-raising discussion!
  Connect with Cleveland Vegan Book Club onFacebook   Free Vegan Dinner & "How To Be Vegan" Lecture with Anne Dinshah

When:  Thurs, June 20th from 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Where:  Cleveland Heights Library, 2345 Lee Rd, Cleveland Hts

Join the Cleveland Animal Rights Alliance for a free vegan dinner followed by an informative presentation by Anne Dinshah.  Anne is a lifetime vegan and author ofDating Vegans: Recipes for Relationships and Healthy Hearty Helpings.  She's also co-author of Apples, Bean Dip, and Carrot Cake: Kids! Teach Yourself to Cookand The 4-Ingredient Vegan.  

Learn how to eat healthy, create delicious vegan recipes, and keep a sense of humor when socializing.  Be ready to laugh, drool, and share a compassionate meal.  This is a great presentation for people new to the idea of veganism and fun for long-term vegans too.  

  Free Lecture with David Nibert PhD

When:  Thursday, July 25th from 6:30pm - 8:30pm 
Where:  Cleveland Heights Library, 2345 Lee Rd, Cleveland Hts 

Join the Cleveland Animal Rights Alliance for an enlightening presentation with Dr. David Nibert, professor of Sociology at Wittenberg University and author of the groundbreaking Animal Rights/Human Rights and the recently released, Animal Oppression and Human Violence.  

Nibert will discuss the historical and contemporary entanglement of the oppression of humans and other animals -- how the exploitation of other animals has gone hand in hand with the oppression of women, people of color, and other oppressed groups along with promoting large-scale violence and warfare.  He'll also bring into focus the ways in which animal oppression has contributed to vast environmental harm, including water and air pollution, rainforest destruction, desertification and global warming.  

Free vegan snacks will be provided at this event.

  Homes Needed for Rescued Roosters...

Over the past 6 weeks, Happy Trails Farm Sanctuary in Ravenna OH has assisted in three separate cockfighting raids from Cuyahoga and Ashtabula Counties.  The sanctuary is now housing nearly 150 cockfighting roosters and related hens.  Happy Trails is dedicated to finding homes for these rescued roosters over the next few weeks to offer them a second chance at life.  Many are friendly, love to be held, and would make great family pets.  

Anyone wanting more information can call the sanctuary at 330-296-5914 or email Annette Fisher (Happy Trails executive director) directly at  

  2013 Vegetarian Summerfest

If you’ve never attended the Vegetarian Summerfest in Johnstown PA, mark your calendars for July 3rd through July 7th and register soon!!  Summerfest is a fantastic opportunity to meet others of like-mind and learn about all aspects of healthy vegan living.


  • Dozens of speakers including doctors, chefs, dietitians, authors, social activists, and other educators share their knowledge and experience.

  • Cutting edge educational sessions on health & nutrition, cooking, recipes, lifestyle issues, animal rights, exercise, fitness, earth stewardship, compassionate living.

  • All-you-can-eat vegan buffet 3 times a day!

  • Hundreds of attendees of all ages, from beginners to seasoned vegetarians.  Social gatherings for singles, couples and families.  

Jen Kaden

Cleveland Animal Rights Alliance (CARA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, all-volunteer organization promoting the principle that every animal, both human and non-human, exist free from oppression, human use and exploitation. As we align our daily choices with this principle, we create a world of peace, abundance and environmental sustainability.  

CARA recognizes the interconnectedness of all life and works to break down barriers between species yet foster healthy and respectful boundaries that allow all individuals to live on their own terms. We achieve this cultural shift in consciousness by advocating a compassionate vegan ethic, living mindfully to the plight of those most in need. 

Our organization hosts a variety of community outreach events throughout the year.  Events cover a range of topics that address human health & nutrition, environmental sustainability and ethics & philosophy as it pertains to our relationship with other animals.  We use a variety of creative approaches to foster a nonviolent cultural transformation including the following:

  • Hosting film screenings and free vegan dinners and presentations with nationally-known speakers
  • Staffing information booths at many Cleveland-area festivals
  • Leafleting with vegan literature at concerts & colleges
  • Holding vegan "feed-ins" to introduce the public to delicious cruelty-free food options
  • Giving humane education presentations in schools, religious organizations and various settings.
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Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 1:47 PM, 05.31.2013