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The Animal Rights National Conference is the U.S. animal rights movement’s annual national conference. It is also the world’s largest and longest-running animal rights gathering, hailing back to 1981. It is the only conference open to all points of view on achieving animal liberation.
The Animal Rights National Conference is designed for people who wish to improve their animal advocacy skills or simply to network with other animal activists. The Conference offers a number of educational and networking opportunities, including:
- Sessions on animal advocacy, organizing, tactics, and issues
- Nearly 100 speakers from 60 organizations
- Eyewitness reports on key campaigns
- 100+ free exhibits
- Video premieres
- Newcomer Orientation
- Nightly networking receptions
- Awards Banquet on Saturday evening
- Closing celebration on Sunday evening
- Post-conference protests on Monday
The Animal Rights National Conference is devoted to advancing the vision of animal rights, as promulgated at the 1990 “March For Animals” over the signatures of 50 organizations: “Animals have the right to be free from all forms of human exploitation.” Consequently, advocacy of continued exploitation of animals under improved conditions, sometimes referred to as “happy meat,” is not welcome. At the same time, we recognize that there are multiple paths, missions, strategies, and tactics for bringing us closer to the vision of animal rights.
AR2016’s four-day program will feature more than 100 presenters from 80 organizations representing virtually all sectors of our movement. These presenters will appear in seven plenary sessions (bringing all attendees together), and more than 75 breakout sessions, configured along several concurrent tracks. In each time slot, you can choose the session that best fits your needs and interests:
- The Issues track covers various types of animal abuses and the underlying issues (best for newcomers).
- The Organizing track suggests improvements in personal and organizational effectiveness.
- The Tactics track addresses campaign strategies and outreach to various constituencies.
- Campaign Lessons offer reports and advice on activities from leading national and local organizations (Friday).
- Rap Sessions engage participants in open discussions about controversial issues (Saturday).
- Additional tracks provide related sessions on different themes each day.
The Animal Rights National Conferences have been organized since 1981 by Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) with some breaks between 1987 and 2000, then every year since 2000. They are typically co-sponsored by more than a dozen national organizations.
Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) is a national non-profit organization working to end the use of animals for food through public education and grassroots activism. We believe in the inherent self-worth of animals, as well as environmental protection and enhanced public health. Find out more at www.farmusa.org