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Events: Fall 2010 Updates
Posted November 2, 2010

Yes, we’re still active! Recently, we have been waging a campaign against the University of Michigan’s Survival Flight Training course, offered by the U-M Health System. We have addressed President Coleman and the Regents, put Coleman on the spot at her State of the University Address, gotten an editorial published in the Michigan Daily opposing the use of animals in education, and staged a demo at the U-M Homecoming game pep rally.



For National Primate Liberation Week, we organized a demo near the medical campus protesting the use of primates in invasive research.


We also raised money to support the Humane Society’s Missouri campaign to improve animal welfare on puppy mills. 30% of the US’s puppy mills are in Missouri.

A PETA activist recently came to campus and staged a disruption at the 2010 Net Impact Conference at the Ross School of Business. McDonald’s VP for Corporate Social Responsibility, Bob Langert, moderated a panel discussion at the conference, which was immediately disrupted when the PETA activist approached the podium and denounced the abysmal animal welfare standards of McDonald’s suppliers, calling for a boycott of McDonald’s.


We intend to hold a bake sale next week and hold a demonstration against turkey slaughter the week of Thanksgiving. Stay tuned for more! Email martians@umich.edu for more info.

Events: The Liberation Project
Posted January 5, 2010

During March 22-25, PETA will be coming to the University of Michigan as part of their Liberation campaign! MARS is going to help coordinate this. Liberation is an exhibit showing how human rights violations that have occurred in the past & present are directly comparable to animal rights violations occurring today. To see the exhibit electronically, visit http://www.peta2.com/alp. To read about Liberation’s stop at Brown University, visit http://www.browndailyherald.com/animal-rights-activists-take-to-the-main-green-1.1931547. Liberation has the potential to affect hundreds of students at Michigan and will be awesome for recruiting. I hope you’ll be able to come out this semester and help coordinate PETA’s stop in Ann Arbor.

Events: Ringling Brothers Circus Protest
Posted November 21, 2009

On Wednesday, November 18, MARS took a car to the Palace of Auburn Hills to join the Southeast Michigan Animal Rights Team (SMART) to protest the Ringling Brothers Circus that was happening that night!

Events: National Primate Liberation Week
Posted October 8, 2009

Primate Week is here! Come join us as we protest the University of Michigan’s use of primates in research, as well as primate abuse in general. We need lots of people! Primates are an intelligent set of species, not too different from us, and they deserve better. We will be protesting on the Diag on Wednesday, October 21, from early in the morning into the afternoon. Learn more about what goes on in primate experimentation on this campus. Sign our petition to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce to support HR 1326, the Great Ape Protection Act of 2009. We hope to see you there!

Events: Testing 1,2,3: Behind the Scenes of U-M's Labs with PETA's Dr. Alka Chandna
Posted September 19, 2009

She’s a leading voice in the fight against animal experimentation, and now she’s got her sights set on the University of Michigan. Do you know what happens behind closed doors at our school here at Michigan?

It’s one of the most hotly-debated issues of our time: “Is it ethical to use animals for experimentation?” These is a question most of us ponder over and beat ourselves up for an answer

Come to this exciting event to hear Dr. Chandna make the case against animal testing, and watch as she exposes what happens behind closed doors in the University of Michigan labs.

People of ALL viewpoints are encouraged to attend, as much of the event will be dedicated to Q&A from the audience.

More details on the facebook group link: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=132487957571&index=1


What? Talk on animal testing at UofM
When? Thursday, September 24, 2009 @, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Where? Angell Hall, Auditorium B
757-389-2022 or 951-236-0349 or College@peta2.com

News: Movie Week @ Eastern Michigan University
Posted January 22, 2009

Just a quick note to let all of you know about the Students For Animal
Rights at Eastern Michigan’s Movies. From the 26th to the 30th they will be
screening a different animal rights themed movie. All movies will be show at
the EMU Student Center in Room 350. For more information simply click on any
of the days below or visit the VegAnnArbor MeetUp site -

Here is the schedule:

Monday 6-8 Lolita: Slave to Entertainment
http://www.slavetoentertainment.com/ http://www.slavetoentertainment.com/.

Tuesday 4:30-6:30 Behind the Mask
http://www.uncagedfilms.com/behindthemask.php. & The Witness

Wednesday 6-8 Diet for a New America

Thursday 6-8 Earthlings http://www.earthlings.com/.

Friday 6-8 Delicatessen http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delicatessen_(film).

Everything will be shown in EMU Student Center Room 350.

Events: Website updates
Posted December 12, 2008


-A new link to a forum dedicated to Vegetarian & Vegan Celiac Disease sufferers
-An edited description of Gary Yourofsky (no longer a PETA spokesman)

Any inquiries, complaints, questions regarding suggested or broken links/recipes/etc… can be sent to martians@umich.edu with the subject, “MARS website updates”

Events: MEETING CANCELLED- 11/4/08
Posted November 3, 2008

The next one will be on 11/18


News: Primate Week- Ann Arbor News & Michigan Daily news coverage
Posted October 19, 2008

Our Primate Week demonstration was a success despite the rain; we got in the Ann Arbor News as well as the front page of the Michigan Daily. The assistant opinion editor from the Daily has also asked me to write a viewpoint piece on what is happening over at the University of Michigan labs, which will likely be published next week

Ann Arbor News.

Michigan Daily is hardcopy newspaper only

I want to thank everyone who made the demonstration a success! And now that we have attention, we need to keep on it. Change is near all for those poor rhesus monkeys in the lab


Events: Joe Espinosa: "Ending Animal Suffering, an Ethical Imperative"
Posted September 25, 2008

Please see the bio below about our speaker Joe Espinosa, who will come to the University of Michigan to speak on October 6th at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium in the DANA (School of Natural Resources building):

Here’s a little background info about Joe (adapted from

Joe Espinosa, a tireless voice for those who have none, has been awarded the 2008 Henry Spira Grassroots Animal Activist Award. Since Vegan Outreach launched its Adopt a College program, where activists offer booklets directly to students, Joe has consistently been one of the organization’s top leafleters. For years, he’s arranged the schedule of his full-time job as a social worker at a methadone clinic in Chicago, so that he can get a full day leafleting- sometimes starting as early as 2 a.m. A dedicated animal rights
activist, he spends much of his free time working with other activists, new and old, to pursue thoughtful, constructive activism, and has helped many of them reach new levels of efficacy.

In Joe’s words, his talk will be about the following. Flyers will be soon to follow:

“It will be an overview of farmed animal suffering designed to move meat eaters to reduce their consumption and consider becoming vegetarian or
vegan, and also will advise those already concerned about farmed animal suffering on effective activism. I will cover the other areas of animal suffering as well; those used in experiments, those used in clothing, and those used in entertainment”

Events: Meeting on 9/23/08
Posted September 24, 2008

Thanks to everyone who came out; we had some great discussion! Here’s the run down of the meeting:

-Discussed the 400+ signatures obtained in preparation for Primate Week next month

-We will decide on a flyering day to blitz the campus with primate flyers

-Mint and Thomas will bring dog kennels for our primate demonstration; at the demonstration, we will have volunteers inside the kennels while others will hand out flyers with information about primate research in general, as well as lab specific reports about what’s happening at the University of Michigan. We are going to contact the Michigan Daily as well as the Ann Arbor News to see how much press coverage we can get. We will also be collecting even more signatures so that at the end of it all, we can show UM President Mary Sue Coleman that students do NOT find it acceptable to waste 13 million dollars of taxpayers’ money on invalid and cruel experiments.

The reports from SAEN can be found here:

SAEN: University of Michigan primate research.

USDA Report about UM labs.


-We are having a carpool to see Gene Baur at EMU this Saturday. We are meeting at 5:30 p.m. on E. University between East Quad and Ross School of Business

++**Friday, September 26th at 3 p.m., I will be flyering/chalking for Gene Baur. If anyone would like to join me, I will be on the steps of the Michigan Union. Feel free to bring tape and/or chalk


-Joe Espinosa (from Vegan Outreach) is scheduled to come speak on October 6th (more information to come)


We are going to try and collaborate with the environmental groups on campus to help get the battery cage free egg initiative off the ground again; Gabriel Benitez has been elusive and unresponsive to our requests for facts and figures regarding egg consumption at the University


-GREAT LAKES RABBIT SANCTUARY! Yay! On October 11th, MARS and SFAR from EMU are going to go to the Great Lakes Rabbit Sanctuary to help them beautify for their open house the following day (and play with rabbits!). Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty… we will be meeting at 10 a.m. in front of the Michigan Union

Can we do a work day at SASHA farms on Saturday, October, 25th also with SFAR from EMU?

Thanks to Farah for the following:

“For those of you who don’t know, Wayne Pacelle will be on Ellen this Friday to talk about Prop 2. Her promo for the day is below in text and I’ve included the link. If you follow the link, you’ll find lots of comments about HSUS and Prop 2. At first, they were all negative (older comments are at the bottom), but we’ve started sending in positive ones.”

Ellen DeGeneres: Prop 2.


Updates to the MARS recommended reading as well!

Events: Free documentary screening
Posted September 19, 2008

The Witness. will be showing on Comcast channel 17 in Ann Arbor
at these times:

Sunday, 10/5/08 at 3:00pm.
Thursday, 10/9 at 10:10pm
Saturday, 10/11 at 7:00pm
Sunday, 10/12 at 10:30pm
Friday, 10/17 at 8:00pm

Events: Watch Gary Yourofsky... from the Comfort of Your Own Couch
Posted September 15, 2008

“The multimedia committee is pleased to announce that Gary Yourofsky’s
talk from last semester will be aired on Comcast channel 17 in Ann Arbor.
Hear Gary admit to being an international terrorist and proudly say
“I love meat” in his captivating and inspirational speech on factory farms, animal
suffering, and easy steps we can all take to help. His talk will be on at these times:

Sunday, 9/28/08 at 3:00pm.
Wednesday, 10/1 at Noon
Thursday, 10/2 at 10:35pm
Saturday, 10/4 at 6:30pm
Wednesday, 10/8 at 9:00pm

Grab some popcorn and a few friends and try to catch one of the airings - you won’t be disappointed”

Events: The Great Lakes Rabbit Sanctuary
Posted September 10, 2008

At our first meeting of the semester, we discussed taking part in some direct activism, such as going to the Great Lakes Rabbit Sanctuary and lending a helping hand… the date we were thinking about going was October 11th (a day when Students For Animal Rights @ Eastern Michigan University would be going as well). Below is a link to their website for more information about this little slice of bunny heaven

The Great Lakes Rabbit Sanctuary.

Events: Gene Bauer of Farm Sanctuary to Speak @ EMU
Posted September 10, 2008

Please see link for more information about this awesome opportunity!

Gene Bauer: Founder of Farm Sanctuary.

Events: Fall events to be announced soon!
Posted July 11, 2008

The MARS officers are hard at work trying to build a great repertoire for Fall 2008 semester… stay tuned!

Events: Dr. Will Tuttle to Speak at UM
Posted September 6, 2007

Author Dr. Will Tuttle is coming to Ann Arbor to speak at UM! Dr. Tuttle will present the main ideas in his groundbreaking and provocative new book, “The World Peace Diet.” It is the first book to make explicit the invisible connections between our meals and our broad range of problems-psychological, social, and spiritual, as well as health and environmental. Dr. Tuttle offers powerful ways we can all experience healing and peace and contribute to a positive transformation of human consciousness.

With a doctorate in education from the University of California at Berkley, Dr. Will Tuttle has been an avid peace advocate, animal rights activist and vegan for nearly three decades. The extremely accomplished co-founder of the Worldwide Prayer Circle for Animals, he is also on the board of advisors of EarthSave, a frequent presenter at the annual Animal Rights Conference and Vegetarian Summerfest, as well as an accomplished musician. Dr. Tuttle has given hundreds of seminars and lectures to various organizations and universities around the country. We are extremely excited about him coming to Michigan!

DATE: Tuesday September 25th, 2007
TIME: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (approx.)
LOCATION: Rm. 1040, School of Natural Resources
& Environment (Dana Building)

The Dana Buidling is located at:
440 Church Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1041

Visit Dr. Tuttle’s Website at: http://www.willtuttle.com/schedule.htm

Below are some reviews of “The World Peace Diet” :

“A profoundly insightful and important book, The World Peace Diet is sure to be a catalyst and powerful tool in the evolution of human consciousness.”
-Satya Magazine

“The World Peace Diet is one of the most provocative books I’ve ever read. I felt challenged and stimulated by its profound insights, and called to question ever more deeply what Will Tuttle calls “the taboo against knowing who you eat.” This is a deep book, aglow with insights that penetrate and expose the complacency of a culture that has strayed painfully far from compassion.”
-John Robbins, author, Diet For A New America and The Food Revolution

“I am grateful for this powerful and cogent book. It has stretched my thinking (and heart) about animals, compassion, and our society and will probably be catalytic in furthering my personal growth.”
-John Mackey, Founder and C.E.O., Whole Foods, Inc

Events: Bruce Friedrich talk to air on CTN
Posted April 21, 2006

Bruce Friedrich’s Feb. 7, 2006 lecture at UM, “Factory Farming and You,” will air on Community Television Network, Ann Arbor cable channel 17, several times in May. For those who weren’t able to attend his talk in person, this is a great opportunity to hear his compelling message. Program your VCR and share it with your friends!

Thursday, May 4, 10:00 pm
Sunday, May 7, 10:00 pm
Wednesday, May 10, 9:00 pm
Thursday, May 11, 10:30 pm

Events: Howard Lyman to Speak at UM
Posted March 21, 2006

Howard Lyman (The Mad Cowboy) will speak at two events on Thursday.

Public Policies for Sustainable Agriculture

Thurs., April 6, 2006
12:00-1:00 pm
Dana 2026 (School of Natural Resources & Environment, 2nd floor)


Eating the Earth, One Bite at a Time

Thurs., April 6, 2006
7:30 pm
Michigan Union — Kuenzel Room (1st floor)

FREE and open to the public.

Mr. Lyman is a fourth generation cattle rancher turned vegan activist. His comment on her show prompted Oprah to stop eating hamburgers, and they were both sued under a Texas food disparagement law. He is also the author of Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won’t Eat Meat, and No More Bull!

After the talk, copies of his books will be available for purchase and signing.

For more information: www.madcowboy.com

Co-sponsored by Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning, Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, and Michigan Animal Rights Society.

Events: Bruce Friedrich Open Lecture
Posted January 25, 2006

Bruce Friedrich, PETA’s Director of Vegan Campaigns, will speak on

Factory Farming and You: how factory farming is destroying our ecosystem, harming our health, and abusing animals (and what you can do about it)

Tues. Feb. 7, 2006
7:30 pm
Michigan Union—Pendleton Room

Events: Steven Wise open lecture
Posted December 13, 2004

Thanks for making the open lecture a success!

Daily article

Events: KFC demonstration
Posted October 30, 2004

The KFC demo went well! See a picture here: KFC Pic

Events: Walk for Farm Animals - Sept. 19
Posted August 29, 2004

The annual Walk for Farm Animals is taking place in Ann Arbor on Sunday, Sept. 19! This walk-a-thon raises much-needed funds for Farm Sanctuary - a national, non-profit animal protection organization devoted to animals used in food production. To learn more about their programs, visit Farm Sanctuary

Please contact Martians@umich.edu if you are interested in joining the Michigan Animal Rights Society on this walk!


Sunday, September 19
Registration 12:00
Walk 12:30

Hudson Mills Metropark

14th Annual Ann Arbor Walk!
Daily pass ($4.00) or annual pass required for entry into park
Vegan cookout after walk - bring your own drink and vegan dish to pass.

Registration and additional info available at:
Walk For Farm Animals

Events: Gary Yourofsky March 16
Posted March 2, 2004

Michigan Animal Rights Society will be hosting animal rights activist Gary Yourofsky on Tuesday, March 16.

Native Detroiter Gary Yourofsky gives compelling arguments for the adoption of a vegan lifestyle by examining historical trends and modern agribusiness. He is passionate, yet down-to-earth, and is willing to field questions or challenges. He will be at 1300 Chemistry Building at 7PM on March 16, 2004.

As always, please send us an email at martians@umich.edu if you would like to be on the mailing list.

Events: Peaceable Kingdom
Posted February 16, 2004

MARS will be hosting a screening of the movie Peaceable Kingdom!

Wednesday Feb. 18
Vandenburg Room, Michigan League

From the Peaceable Kingdom page at Tribe of Heart :

At a time when the public is more concerned than ever about the health and environmental problems associated with large-scale factory farming, Peaceable Kingdom explores another angle of this unfolding story: the interconnected life journeys of farm animals, former farmers, and animal rescuers struggling against an out of control industrial system.

Original Press Release:


Eric R. Goldberg
Phone: [omitted for web]
Email: [omitted for web]

Michigan Animal Rights Society to Host Free Screening of Peaceable Kingdom

Ann Arbor, MI — February 16, 2004 — Michigan Animal Rights Society (MARS) will be presenting a screening of the new film, Peaceable Kingdom, from award-winning directors Jenny Stein and James LaVeck. Peaceable Kingdom explores the interconnected life journeys of animals, former farmers, and animal rescuers struggling against an out of control industrial system.

Breaking generations of silence in the farm community, Peaceable Kingdom weaves together themes of respect, forgiveness, commitment, and healing, offering a vision of a more peaceful world that is well within our reach.

The screening will be held at 7:00PM on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2004. The film will be shown in the Vandenburg Room of the Michigan League, located at 911 North University. Following the movie, a brief optional discussion will take place. There will also be a raffle for two gift certificates to a local restaurant. Admission is free, and all are welcome.

For information:
Contact: [omitted for web]
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Events: Fellow Creatures: Kantian Ethics and Our Duties to Animals
Posted February 2, 2004

This Friday, February 6, there will be a U-M Philosophy Department Tanner Lecture on Human Values. The lecture will be given by Harvard University philosophy professor Christine Korsgaard. Rackham Amphitheater (3rd floor). Free. 764-6285. See Upcoming.org for details (and other events in your area).

Events: Helping Animals 101
Posted January 30, 2004

Helping Animals 101 is a two-day conference packed with information and advice for people who want to turn their compassion for animals into action. Whether you’re new to the animal protection movement or have been active for decades, this conference is for you!

Join PETA in Motor City when we convene at the Hilton Northfield for an exciting weekend of seminars, training, networking, and great food. This newly renovated property has offered a special guest room rate of just $65 per night for conference participants. Call 1-800-445-8667 and ask for the Helping Animals 101 rate today! Parking at the Hilton Northfield is complementary.

Helping Animals 101 Website

Events: Speakers This Semester
Posted January 28, 2004

Michigan Animal Rights Society will be hosting animal rights philosopher Tom Regan and activist Gary Yourofsky.

Tom Regan will be coming on March 31, from 7-9PM in the Michgan League Ballroom. His presentation will relate to his book, Empty Cages: Facing the Challenge of Animal Rights.

Native Detroiter Gary Yourofsky gives compelling arguments for the adoption of a vegan lifestyle by examining historical trends and modern agribusiness. He is passionate, yet down-to-earth, and is willing to field questions or challenges. He will be at 1300 Chemistry Building at 7PM on March 16, 2004.

As always, please send us an email at martians@umich.edu if you would like to be on the mailing list.

Events: Winterfest
Posted January 12, 2004

MARS will have a table at this year’s Winterfest. We will be in the Michigan Union from 4:00-8:00pm tomorrow, Tuesday, January 13. Come by for free literature and information.

We will also be having a mass meeting this Thursday, January 15, at 7:00pm in the Michigan Union Crofoot Room.

Hope to see you there!

Events: Fur Free Friday Carpooling
Posted November 25, 2003

Check out this forum thread if you want to carpool to Fur Free Friday. The less fossil fuels burned to get to the event, the better!

Events: Thanksgiving Tabling
Posted November 19, 2003

MARS will be on the Diag from 11-4 on Monday, Nov. 20, 2003. We will have information about factory farmed turkeys, alternative Thanksgiving recipes, literature, and constructive ways in which you can avoid unnecessary cruelty this holiday season.

Events: Bake Sale
Posted November 13, 2003

We will be having a bake sale Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003 from 11am-4pm in Angell Hall. The sale will be outside of the Angell Hall auditoriums. We will have all sorts of vegan goodies, including brownies, cookies, oat-clusters, and chocolate cake! Stop by for a yummy treat!

Events: Gary Yourofsky
Posted October 28, 2003

MARS will be hosting national animal rights speaker Gary Yourofsky Nov. 5, 2003. He will be speaking at 7pm in the Pendleton Room of the Michigan Union. [map]

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