Compassionate Action for Animals
CAA was formed in early 1998 in order to pursue "strategic nonviolence" as a path towards animal rights. This is a strategy based on the principles of nonviolent action defined by Gene Sharp. These principles of strategic nonviolence are reflected in CAA's current core values.
The name Compassionate Action for Animals was adopted in May 1998. In June 1999, CAA became a 501(c)3 non-profit after merging with the Animal Liberation League, another local animal rights organization with a very similar approach and philosophy.
In 1999, CAA began working on its Ban Battery Cages campaign, which culminated in the open rescue of over ten egg-laying hens from a battery cage facility, the first such rescue in the US. CAA's investigation and rescue campaign was based on a similar campaign which was first done by Animal Liberation Victoria in Australia.
Activities and Campaigns
- Outreach through tabling, leafleting, postering, cable shows, literature stands, writing letters and articles for publications, and more.
- Social events such as potlucks, movies, game nights, and dine-outs.
- Food giveaways to show how delicious vegetarian and vegan food is.
- Speakers who address animal, ethical, and health issues 
- Working with community restaurants and university cafeterias to make vegetarian and vegan dining more convenient and available
CAA has an office in the Whittier Neighborhood at 2100 First Ave South, Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55404