July 10th - 13th • Westin LAX Hotel
5400 W Century Blvd in Los Angeles, CA

CONFERENCE MISSION

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.

The more popular paths or missions include:   

  • Writing books and lecturing about the ideology of animal rights,
  • Seeking recognition of animal rights through legislative or judicial bodies,
  • Exposing abuses of animals for food, research, and amusement,
  • Distributing literature and food samples and screening videos leading people to a vegan path,
  • Supporting people along a vegan path through periodic interactions,
  • Promoting welfare reforms in the hope that the publicity will lead people toward a vegan path,
  • Rescuing and rehabilitating animals that have been exploited and abused,
  • Encouraging food manufacturers, servers, and retailers to offer more vegan choices,
  • Discouraging other institutions and individuals from exploiting and killing animals.

Strategies associated with some of these missions may range from gentle appeals to feelings and beliefs to direct behavior modification through social, economic, or political pressure. Thus, a key mission of our Conference is to provide a forum where the relative merits of various paths, missions, strategies, and tactics leading to animal liberation may be aired and discussed in an atmosphere of mutual respect. We view such discussion as critical to finding our own optimal way to advance the vision of animal rights.

We view any attempt to disqualify from our Conference a proponent of any one of these paths (except for injury to living beings) as a disservice to the successful advancement of animal rights.

Other key missions include:   

  • Detailing animal abuses for food, research, and amusement
  • Providing training in personal growth and organizing
  • Offering opportunities to network with other activists
  • Offering a forum to potential movement leaders
  • Reaching out to kindred movements

AR2014's Safe Space Policy

By the act of registering for the Animal Rights 2014 National Conference I agree to act respectfully toward other attendees,  speakers and exhibitors, and Conference management.

The Animal Rights National Conference strives to create a "safe space" environment, where all participants feel welcome. We do not tolerate behavior, language, and/or  literature that is hurtful to other Conference participants. This includes non-consensual physical contact and remarks putting down a person's race, ethnicity, age, size, appearance, gender, sexual expression or orientation, physical ability, or mental competence. All violations should be reported to the manager on duty (MOD) at the Conference information desk. The MOD will then direct the person to a "quiet room," provide a trained counselor, and/or institute corrective action, which may include removal from the Conference or even arrest.

The Animal Rights National Conference is devoted to advancing the vision that "animals have the right to be free from all forms of human exploitation." The Conference does not welcome advocacy of continued exploitation of animals under improved conditions, sometimes labeled as "humane" or "happy." At the same time, we recognize that sincere and devoted advocates of the animal rights vision may embrace different paths, missions, strategies, and tactics. We view the respectful  discussion of these different approaches (except for injury to living beings) as critical to finding our own way to advance the vision of animal rights. Individuals attempting to  exclude, disrupt, or silence such discussion may be asked to leave.

Organizers of the Animal Rights National Conference have devoted considerable personal experience, ingenuity, and other resources to  craft an effective program designed to bring together the animal rights advocates, while allowing for free expression of a wide variety of views. This is why individuals engaging in disruption of scheduled sessions, holding unauthorized sessions in our function rooms, and/or unauthorized leafleting and posting may be asked to leave. At the same time, our Conference is always a work in progress, and we welcome suggestions for improvements.

Our Conference is always a work in progress, and we welcome suggestions for improvements.