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Monday, April 11th, 2011
2:15 pm
All You Can Eat Chili Fundraiser and Memorial for Mark Karbusicky

26 April · 18:00 - 22:00


Sadie's Diner & Juice Bar
504 Adelaide Street West
Toronto, ON

With the generous support of Sadie's Diner, we invite you to the All You Can East Chili Night. Chili, chips, dips and baked good are all vegan. All for just $10 per person!

In memory of our dear friend and fellow activist, Mark Karbusicky, we ask that everyone please bring a can or bag of cat food for local feral cat rescue programs.

All proceeds go towards ARK II.

About ARK II:

Founded in 1984, ARK II - The Animal Rights Kollective is a Toronto-based, grassroots animal advocacy organization.

ARK II organizes and hosts events in and around the Toronto area on a broad range of issues including: farmed animals; veganism; animals used for textiles, including leather, fur, and wool; animals used in laboratories; hunting and fishing; and companion animals, including strays and over-breeding.
Saturday, April 3rd, 2010
11:02 am
If you are looking to adopt or know ANYONE who might be...
Dear Activist,

Please note the dire need of 188 animals (44 rats, 18 rabbits and 126
cats) at the Toronto Humane Society. Please cross post and let friends
and family know that these animals will all die if we don't act now.

Please contact Daria at dariaths@yahoo.com
or Ruthann rdrummond@torontohumanesociety.com

Below is the message from THS employee, Ruthann.


Hi Everyone,

The Toronto Humane Society will be closing its doors from April 12th
until June 1st, 2010. During this time, NO animals will be able to
remain in the building. That means we only have 10 days to find all
the animals at THS homes. This includes 44 rats, 18 rabbits, and 126
cats. If ever there was a time to adopt - now is that time! These
animals need your help, and they need it now!

Please visit us 7 days a week, between 12-6pm to meet your new best
friend. If you'd like to contact me, please e-mail my work account
(rdrummond@torontohumanesociety.com), but understand that I intend to
be very busy over the next 10 days, and may not be able to answer you

Thanks in advance for your support!

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009
3:49 pm
Free Lecture at UofT on Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Alternatives to Animal Experimentation in Education and the Health Sciences

Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE), Room 4422
Street: 252 Bloor Street West (right above St. George Subway station)
City/Town: Toronto, ON

A free lecture by Olivier Berreville of InterNICHE, the International Network for Humane Education (http://www.interniche.org). Mr. Berreville will be discussing arguments against the use of live animals for biomedical research and for purposes of education. InterNICHE "promotes progressive humane education in the biological sciences, veterinary and human medicine; and supports the replacement of animal experiments by working with teachers to introduce alternatives, and with students to support freedom of conscience".

"We define alternatives as educational aids or teaching approaches that replace harmful animal use or complement existing humane education. Humane education in the life sciences is: progressive education for which the teaching objectives are met using humane, alternative methods where animals are free from harm and students have freedom of conscience education which encourages holistic perception and a respect for life." InterNICHE

As the Canadian representative for InterNICHE, Olivier Berreville has spoken to university groups at Brock, Dalhousie, Ottawa and Trent Universities. Mr. Berreville is currently completing his PhD in Biology at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia.

We will have a Q & A immediately following the lecture and encourage individuals to engage in what is sure to be lively dialogue. The lecture itself is scheduled to run from approximately 7 pm to 8 pm.

Hosted by:

- Campaign to Stop Animal Experimentation at University of Toronto
- Panacea Eco Store on Bloor
- ARK II (Animal Rights Kollective II)
- Students Against Climate Change

Everyone is welcome. Please join us.

Thank you.

x-posted to animals_ontario, torontovegan
Monday, November 9th, 2009
7:26 pm
Toronto Activists: Come out and celebrate!
Ark II's 25th Anniversary Silver Soiree

Host: Animal Rights Kollective ARK II
Type: Party - Benefit

Start Time: Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 9:00pm
End Time: Friday, December 4, 2009 at 2:00am

Location: The Dance Cave
529 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON

Ark II is celebrating a quarter century of advocating and educating on behalf of all animals with a fabulous fancy dress ball (we're taking our inspiration more from Nightmare Before X-Mas than Hollywood red carpets, but anything silver will get you props.)

Admission is PWYC (we suggest $10), which includes delectable vegan nibbles, the chance to purchase raffle tickets for exciting prizes and (for our first 100 revelers, gift bags).

Check out our Facebook Page:


And our website:

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009
2:20 am
Shrine Circus Protest at Woodbine Centre July 11th 2009
Boycott Animal Circuses!
Torontonians Against Animals in the Circus will be protesting the Shrine Circus at Woodbine Centre (near Woodbine Race Track on Rexdale Blvd.) on Saturday July 11th beginning at 2:30pm.

Date: Saturday, July 11, 2009
Time: 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Location: Woodbine Shopping Centre
Street: 500 rexdale blvd

What's wrong with the Shrine Circus?

Shrine Circuses have deplorable records of cruelty to animals, serious violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act, and animal attacks resulting in injury and even death. Elephants used by Shriners have rampaged, killing trainers and injuring children. Although many successful charitable organizations never use circus fundraisers, about 150 of Shrine's 191 temples host annual circuses. These circuses raise funds for the temples' administrative costs, not for the Shriners children's hospitals.

The Shriners do not operate their own traveling circus; instead Shrine temples produce circuses by hiring an existing circus (Tarzan Zerbini Circus). The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cited Tarzan Zerbini for failure to provide a veterinary care program and medical records, failure to provide minimum space, and failure to properly maintain transport vehicles.

What's wrong with animals in the Circus?

Animals in circuses are beaten to make them perform tricks on command. If they do not perform properly, they are beaten some more. In cases where they snap and either run amok or attack someone, they are beaten again.

Protest details:
The circus is taking place inside a "big top" tent in the parking lot. Since this is private property, we will not be standing near the tent. The goal of the demo is to target the people entering the parking lot in their cars, or people walking on the sidewalk. Signs will be provided, most signs have large lettering to accommodate the cars driving by. There will also be 2 large banners to hold. Any questions can be directed to torontoanimalrights (at) ymail.com, you can also join our Facebook group.

TTC Directions:
37A Islington bus from Islington Station

x-posted to animals_ontario , toronto_protest , torontovegan
Tuesday, March 17th, 2009
4:56 pm
Purrfect Pineapples Auction for Farm Sanctuary!
Please check out my auction on CharityBuzz.com! I have donated lingerie to be a part of this auction.

Meaning: you get to custom order or buy $350 worth of lingerie off my website or Etsy shop if you win!

All proceeds go to Farm Sanctuary!
For more info on Farm Sanctuary and what they are all about, please visit:

Happy bidding!!


Monday, March 16th, 2009
6:52 pm
Two labs looking for loving homes, please cross post
Hi everyone!

I received this today. Please crosspost or forward to anyone who is able and wants to give a couple of dogs a nice home.

A co-worker of John's is looking to finding a loving home for her two labs.
Unfortunately, the woman is unable to bring the dogs to her new home and is
having a difficult time placing the two dogs together. As usual, I'm hoping
we can forward this email (with the pups details and cute pics!) to our
animal loving friends and they may know someone who would like to bring some
doggie love into their home.

Please feel free to forward my email or cell number to anyone who is
interested. Thanks for your help!


5:55 pm
Peter Singer speaks at U of T!

Peter Singer speaks at U of T!

ARK II - The Animal Rights Kollective, University of Toronto Students Against Climate Change and Zoocheck Canada are hosting an evening with renowned philosopher, Peter Singer. This is a free event.

In his new book "The Life You Can Save, Acting Now to End World Poverty" Singer makes the irrefutable argument that giving will make a huge difference in the lives of others, without diminishing the quality of our own. This book is an urgent call to action and a hopeful primer on the power of compassion, when mixed with rigorous investigation and careful reasoning, to lift others out of despair.

Singer received worldwide recognition for his book “Animal Liberation” and his usage of the term speciesism which is used for discrimination on the grounds that a being belongs to a certain species. He holds that the interests of all beings capable of suffering be worthy of equal consideration, and that giving lesser consideration to any being based on its having wings or fur is no more justified than discrimination based on skin color. He was named one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World” by Time magazine.

Anyone who is interested in the discussion surrounding the use of animals in scientific research will want to be a part of this event. We are inviting both animal activists and supporters of animal experimentation to join us.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

7:30 pm – 10pm

Free Admission

JJ McLeod Theatre, MS 2258

Medical Sciences Building, 1 Kings College Circle,

University of Toronto

(Near the Northwest exit of Queens Park Subway Station)
Thursday, January 15th, 2009
12:22 pm
Free screening of Sharkwater TONIGHT
Come out and support our misunderstood friend, the shark!

7:00pm - 9:20pm

Hart House, University of Toronto (room TBA)

7 Hart House Circle

Toronto, ON
Monday, January 12th, 2009
5:45 pm
Free Showing of Sharkwater!
Hello All,

Just A Reminder that the Day for the Free Showing of Sharkwater is upon us.


7 Hart House circle, U of T.
Look For Signs To Direct You To The Room

Ken Bontius is the Director of Education for ARK II and he will be discussing the Plight of Our Oceans after the Movie along with answering any questions that the movie has arose.

Bob Timmons will briefly talk about the shark campaigns on the move and how you can support us in our action to stop the decline of our sharks.

Looking forward to seeing you all there especially new faces.

Let's get the word out.
Friday, January 9th, 2009
8:06 pm
Toronto Benefit for Horse Refuge
Benefit concert and Auction for the Horses of the RR Horse Refuge

Refuge RR for horses in Alexandria, Ontario is in urgent need of our help! Their well ran dry at the end of the summer leaving them with no water for the 165 animals (33 horses, and various cows, sheep, goats, chickens, geese, ducks, peacocks, pigeons, rabbits, dogs and cats) who live at their rescue and forcing them to make a daily trek with 500 gallon containers to a neighbouring farm to replenish their water supplies. After some heavy rains and snow they were able to finally get some water out of their original well but, they've been warned by the well drillers that it's only surface water (and dirty, at that) that's filling it and that they will need to drill a new one...our goal is to raise funds to help dig this well to provide a consistent source of water to help keep these animals alive!

We've got four artists/bands that will be performing that evening with the possibility of other musical performers PLUS a comedian! There'll also be some great prizes to win as well so bring some spending money to help out even more and possibly take home some goodies....

So far the music lineup looks like this:

7:15pm: Dyniss, Vegetarian Musician (30min Set)

8:00pm: Nika Smith, Vegan Musician (30min Set)

8:45pm: The Last Band Standing with Shaun Mulrain (30min Set)

9:30pm: Steve York Band / Branko Skekic (30min Set)

MC for the evening will be Paul Figueiras.

Doors open at 6:45 pm with tickets for this special event available at the door or at Panacea (588 Bloor Street, just west of Bathurst) for only $10. It really is such an amazingly low price for a great night out that will also help out a truly amazing place!

If you can't make it out that night please do consider making a tax-deductible donation by visiting the following site:


Thanks everyone for your support and hope to see many of you there that night!

Organized by Ark II Animal Rights Kollective and Students Against Climate Change.

Join our Facebook Group:

Saturday, October 25th, 2008
4:25 pm
Amazing all-vegan shop now open!!!

Groceries, snacks, clothing, lifestyle, accessories, cosmetics, personal care products, books, reference materials, etc.


Ethically Produced Naturally Organic Earth Friendly.!!


588 Bloor Street West at Bathurst St and Markham Rd
Open 7 Days a Week

10am - 9pm Mon to Sat
10am - 6pm Sun

Green P parking at Rear Off Markham Rd

Get off at BATHURST Stop and use Markham Exit

Thursday, October 16th, 2008
11:29 pm
Kitten in need of home, and she's a CUTE one!
We have, visiting our household, a tiny grey female tabby kitten.

Our little girl is seven weeks old and already litter trained. She is very cute, playful and well behaved.Also, kitty is flea-free and takes baths like a champ!

She was rescued from a house with 40 other cats who were not receiving enough food or love.
She doesn't have any shots yet.

If you (or someone you know and trust)have the time, the means and most importantly, the love this sweet girl needs, reply here and I will get in touch with you.


Saturday, August 16th, 2008
5:03 pm
Attention Toronto area activists
Please join ARK II - The Animal Rights Kollective on Saturday, August 23 from 2:30pm-6pm at Woodbine Park in Toronto to support our campaign to STOP SHOPPERS DRUG MART FROM SELLING SHARK CARTILAGE!

Members, volunteers and local activists will be in attendance to present signs with facts vs. fiction regarding the use of shark cartilage for cancer prevention, and get petitions signed to help stop the selling of shark cartilage by Shoppers Drug Mart.

Date: Saturday, August 23, 2008

Location: Woodbine Park, at Coxwell and Lakeshore near the Beach

Time: 2:30pm to 6pm

Event Site: www.uncoverthecure.org

Petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/35/HELP-SAVE-THE-SHARK

Contact: Bob Timmons, bob@ark-ii.com, Helen Prancic, info@ark-ii.com

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008
7:40 pm
URGENT! Home needed for 3 Cats!
Dear Activist,

This is an urgent appeal to help place the last 3 cats from Le Bestiaire cat rescue. please read!Collapse )
Sunday, June 22nd, 2008
12:39 pm
Show your Pride on Sunday June 29!
Dear Activist,

Please join us in the animal rights contingent at:

Toronto Pride Parade: United Against Speciesism
United for All Animals

Event Info
Date:Sunday, June 29, 2008
Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: M182 - ZooCheck
Street: Bloor/Church
City/Town:Toronto, ON

This year marks the second year that ZooCheck Canada is hosting the animal rights contingent in this years Toronto Pride Parade. Participating groups include ARK II, LOV and TARs.

Our collective goal is to promote non-speciesism at Pride under the overall theme, "Unified."

We are calling out for more marchers in our contingent - please come out for a fun and important day for animal rights. There are millions of people watching the Pride events so we will be seen and heard!

It is best to meet at the ZooCheck booth (details to come ASAP).

ZooCheck has a booth in the community zone on Saturday and Sunday and
is in need of volunteers to help distribute literature. Please contact Stepanie at ZooCheck to sign up (stephanie@zoocheck.com).

In case you have any difficulties finding the booth, you can meet our
members at Bloor/Church by 12:45pm - our contingent number is M182-ZooCheck. The Parade route starts at Bloor/Church and goes west to Yonge, south on Yonge to Gerrard and ends at Gerrard/Church.

Be sure to dress for the weather and Pride:), wear sunscreen and bring some water!

Please RSVP so we can bring enough signs/banners, water and vegan snacks.

Hope to see you there!

Helen Prancic
ARK II - The Animal Rights Kollective
P.O. Box 687, Station Q
Toronto, ON M4T 2N5


Thursday, May 8th, 2008
5:15 pm
Boycott P&G
Dear Activist,

Please join us for the


Date: Saturday, May 17, 2008
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Procter & Gamble
Street: 4711 Yonge Street (south of Shepherd)
City/Town: Toronto, ON

RSVP on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=13162713068

This year marks, the 12th anniversary of Boycott P&G Day. We need your
help as we strive to increase the pressure on P&G to change their
cruel animal testing practices. The 11th anniversary of the Day of
Action in 2007 saw over 140 Boycott P&G actions taking place all
around the world.

In Canada alone, P&G's consumer products sales are over $2.9 billion.
Millions of people use P&G products everyday unaware that the company
still conducts lethal animal tests to develop new cosmetic & household
products and chemical ingredients.
Yet polls reveal most consumers would switch to a cruelty-free company
if only they had the necessary information. Everyone has a vital role
to play in informing consumers about P&G's animal testing, and the
hundreds of cruelty-free alternatives available.

Why Boycott P&G?

P&G spends millions of dollars to package itself as a responsible,
caring company, and claims to be a leader in the development of
alternatives to the use of animals in product testing.

The truth is that P&G could stop animal testing today without
hindering anyone's safety. We urge everyone to boycott of P&G until
the company abandons all unnecessary animal tests, including those
carried out by Iams/Eukanuba.

Other P&G BRANDS that are TESTED ON ANIMALS include Cover Girl, Max
Factor, Noxzema, Ohm, Olay, Camay, Ivory, Safeguard, Zest, Secret,
Sure, Luvs, Pampers, Always, Pantene, Pringles, Folgers, Milstone
Coffee, Sunny Delight, Torengos, Giorgio of Beverly Hills, Helmut
Lang, Herve Leger, Hugo Boss, Old Spice, Bounty, Charmin, Puffs,
Downy, Actonel, Duracell, Olay, Head & Shoulders, Wella, A Touch of
Sun, Aussie, Balsam Color, Clairol, Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essences,
Hydrience, Infusium 23, Lasting Color, Loving Care, Men's Choice,
Natural Instincts, Nice 'n Easy, Pantene, Pert Plus, Physique,
Ultress, Vidal Sassoon, Bounce, Cascade, Cheer, Comet, Dawn, Downy,
Dreft, Dryel, Era, Febreze, Gain, Ivory, Ivory Snow, Joy, Mr. Clean,
Swiffer, Tide, Gillette, Braun, DayQuil, Metamucil, NyQuil,
Pepto-Bismol, PUR water filtration system, Sinex, Thermacare, Vicks,
Crest, Fixodent, Gleem, Oral-B, Scope and Whitestrips.

We urge everyone to boycott P&G. Until it stops its animal cruelty,
the letters P&G will stand for nothing but Pain & Greed!

Media Contact:
Helen Prancic,
ARK II - The Animal Rights Kollective
P.O. Box 687, Station Q
Toronto, ON M4T 2N5



Join us on facebook:
Sunday, April 13th, 2008
6:04 pm
Friends, please cross post:

"Big Boy" needs some help... He is a Shepherd/St. Bernard X, intact male, up to date on his vaccines, approx. 3 years old. His storyCollapse ) contact: Janine Denney-Lightfoot, 416-534-1170, janineandjeff@sympatico.ca.

He's a nice looking boy-->
M. Michelle Nadon
Animal Advocacy & Outreach
A Cause for Paws, Toronto, Canada
Monday, March 31st, 2008
5:22 pm
Got three seconds?
Then you can click and support anti-seal hunt activists in today's CTV News poll. It's in the upper right-hand corner.


Please vote to support the Anti-sealer Activists!!! We're losing!!!!

Thank you!!

It won't cost you anything and it will send a message that people do not support the senseless killing of innocent beings.

Unfortunately, we're losing at this point so it's very important to vote. Thank you!
Saturday, March 29th, 2008
2:02 pm
Bill S-203 Rally tomorrow!
Seven Cities Join in National Day of Action Against Animal Cruelty!

On Sunday March 30th Canadians will rally in cities across the country
to protest Bill S-203, a bogus animal cruelty bill that's poised to
pass in Parliament in April/May, when it comes up for a third and
reading in the House of Commons.

Pan-Canadian rallies are confirmed in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa,
Vancouver, Calgary, Windsor and Yellowknife.

*** NEW ***

Toronto location secured!

Canadians for Effective Animal Cruelty Legislation:
Vote NO to Bill S-203

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

1:30PM to 3:00PM

At Queen's Park, just South of the Ontario Parliament Building

Click here to view a map, or to obtain directions

Confirmed Speakers:
MP Mark Holland (Liberal)
MP Peggy Nash (NDP)

Please join ARK II, Cause for Paws and Wild at Heart Canada and other
animal lovers across the GTA at our rally and say "NO to Bill S-203!"
– an INEFFECTIVE legislation which is opposed by nearly every animal
welfare group and humane society in Canada!

For more information about the campaign, please visit the Canadians
for Effective Animal Cruelty Legislation website:

Take action:
Please forward this notice to friends, colleagues and family members.

Please write letters to your MP's!
To locate your local MP, please follow this link:

You can send a letter directly from the WSPA website at

Here are some more points to raise about why Bill S-203 is inadequate:

- Crimes of neglect are difficult to prosecute because it's virtually
impossible to prove "wilful intent"
- It is not an offence to breed, train and sell animals to fight each
other, so long as the person is not caught present at the fight
- There is no specific offence for brutally or viciously killing
- Unowned animals (stray, wild, feral) have less protection than owned
- Animal cruelty is still considered a property offence
- Canada currently lags behind the Philippines and other developing
countries when it comes to protecting animals from horrific acts of
cruelty and Bill S-203 wouldn't change this shameful ranking

We have waited more than 100 years for stronger animal cruelty
legislation but Bill S-203 is not worth the wait!

Hosted by:
Canadians for Effective Animal Cruelty Legislation

Event Organizers:
Kelly Gredner,

Michelle Nadon,

Helen Prancic
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