MASSACHUSETTS ANIMAL RIGHTS COALITION NEEDS OUR HELP SO THAT IT MAY CONTINUE ON!
Following is a message from Steve and Helen Rayschick, founders of the Massachusetts Animal Rights Coalition and founders and proprietors of Sunny Meadow Animal Sanctuary in Barre, MA.
Next October The Massachusetts Animal Rights Coalition (MARC) turns ten years old! There were sceptics who thought we would never make it this long but we knew that the animals needed us to.
Unfortunately, this happens during one of the worst economic periods most of us have ever known. And during hard economic times, nonprofits suffer the most. And local, grassroots groups are hardest hit.
So, if having a strong state animal rights group is important to you, help us keep MARC in the black as we turn 10!
MARC is an all volunteer group. No one is paid a salary, and there are no mandatory dues or donations. But running a 501(c)(3) nonprofit activist group takes money. Our expenses include general office expenses as well as the costs of printing, mailing, producing and preparing signs, literature and banners, tabling fees, vegan ads, providing materials to local students/groups and more. In particular, tabling fees have gone up drastically.
Currently our annual budget is only in the thousands, though, so every donation, no matter how small, really helps. But of course large donations are extremely important to MARC and always will be.
MARC works hard to educate the public about farm animal exploitation; to promote veganism; to expose the cruelty of vivisection in the biggest animal research state in the country; to picket circuses and bull riding events; to protect wildlife exploited by hunters, sealers, trappers, and by fishing; and to stop the expansion of puppy stores in the state.
These campaigns have been featured in The Globe, The Herald, The Worcester T&G, The Phoenix, The Newton Tab, The Harvard Crimson, The Daily Hampshire Gazette, The BU FreePress, The Tufts Daily, The Eagle-Tribune, The Weekly Dig, The Metro, The Brockton Enterprise, The Allston-Brighton Tab, The West Roxbury Transcript, The Braintree Patriot Ledger, Abington Mariner, on Greater Boston, on nationally syndicated radio, on television, and in numerous smaller outlets.
Articles about MARC have also appeared in IDA, FARM, Farm Sanctuary, Best Friends, Alliance for Animals and other animal publications. We also provided support info for the puppy store articles to the Herald and Channel 7 TV. MARC attorney Board Members testify at legislative hearings; MARC has held hundreds of public rallies, tablings, and demonstrations; and MARC speaks for animals in a wide range of venues: from right-wing local radio call-in programs to high schools and colleges. We’ve taught animal rights courses for adults and given sermons at local churches about animal suffering and rights. And our emails circle the globe, generating support for the animals. As Executive Director, Helen won a Massachusetts Commission on Women “Unsung Heroines” award for her work for animals and uses it as a forum to help the animals whenever she can.
We shut down the Woof & Co puppy store chain, the Cosmo fur store on Newbury Street, and no doubt had a hand in requiring the two oldest fur stores in MA, IJ Fox and Harris & Klaff, to drop their main location and combine. We also ended the rodeo in Wilmington with protests. However, we consider our true success the many people who choose to go vegan because of MARC’s work.
But MARC’s future success depends on you, our members. We have lots of great events planned, but it takes member help to keep going.
So, if you believe in what MARC is doing and can help at this time or any time, there are 2 ways to do so:
1. Write a check or money order to MARC and send it to: The Massachusetts Animal Rights Coalition (MARC), P.O. Box 114, Holden, MA 01520-1279.
2. Or visit our public website at: http://www.MassAnimalRights.org/ and use the Donate button on the top of each page.
Either way, we will email you a receipt that you can use if you itemize your federal taxes.
If you would like to honor someone with your gift to MARC, as many people do, just let us know and we will send them an acknowledgment.
As always, thanks for keeping MARC one of the largest, strongest, most active state AR group in the country. When we founded MARC, we believed, and we still do, that Massachusetts can support and deserves a viable statewide animal group working specifically on all animal rights issues. MARC works closely with national and local groups when appropriate, but is an autonomous entity. That gives us great flexibility. MARC focuses on bringing the truth of animal suffering and exploitation to those who would otherwise never hear it: the general public.
MARC stands up for the voiceless…
…from the street to the Statehouse.
For the animals,
Helen & Steve