AR2016 Informed, Inspired, and Activated for Animals!
“This was my second Conference and I feel I have come away having learned more and more. I have been a vegetarian for 40 years UNTIL I attended my first Animal Rights Conference three years ago in DC. Then, I became a vegan!! Always more to learn and more to ways to 'carry the message' everyday and in so many ways!” - AR2016 Attendee
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Informing, Inspiring, and Activating for Animals
The Animal Rights 2016 National Conference broke past records with more than 1,700 animal rights activists and other caring people joining in solidarity July 7-10 at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. Participants came from 42 U.S. states and 18 other countries including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, Greece, India, Israel, Mexico, Russia, Thailand, and United Kingdom.
They attended for many reasons: to learn about animal exploitation, to receive training in personal growth and organizing, to discuss complex issues, to network with other activists, to "recharge their batteries," and to visit exhibits of new vegan food and other products. They left better connected and more equipped to work towards animal liberation.
150 Presenters in 80 Sessions Inform, Inspire, and Mobilize Attendees
We were honored by the presence of nearly 150 speakers representing virtually every sector and viewpoint of our movement including Gene Baur, Michael Budkie, David Coman-Hidy, Nick Cooney, Karen Davis, Bruce Friedrich, Alex Hershaft, Steve Hindi, Colleen Holland, Melanie Joy, Kevin Kjonaas, Erica Meier, Dawn Moncrief, Sharon Nunez, lauren Ornelas, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, Simone Reyes, Nathan Runkle, Paul Shapiro, Michael Webermann, and many more.
Among the dozens of fascinating sessions this year: "Getting Politically Active for Animals," "Getting to Know Our Adversaries," "Commonalities of Oppression," "Abuse of Humans by Agribusiness," "Viewing Animals As Individuals," "Power of Research and Numbers," "Exploring Barriers to Veganism," "The Future of Food," and "Working for Our Movement," as well as discussions of unresolved issues such as, "When Do We Collaborate? When Do We Confront?"
Film screenings played to packed houses: "Vegan Everyday Stories" by filmmaker Eric Day, "Racing Extinction" featuring Leilani Münter, and "The Pacer in The Marathon," about the formation of Holland's successful animal party. The program closed on a highly inspirational "We're Winning" note, showcasing our movement's huge strides in achieving effective changes for animals.
Awards Banquet Honors Change-Makers
Saturday night’s Awards Banquet marked the peak of the conference. Tom Regan, author of "The Case for Animal Rights," was inducted into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame. Bob Ingersoll was awarded the Henry Spira Grassroots Animal Activist Award and Lila Copeland of Los Angeles received the Lisa Shapiro Young Activist Award.
The Vegan Athlete Award was presented to race car driver Leilani Münter and the Animal Companion Hero Award went to Animal Planet's famed cat behaviorist, Jackson Galaxy. We were also honored to feature special presentations by vegan singer-song writer, Moby, and former NFL star David "300 Pound Vegan" Carter.
Shopping, Food, and Networking
Free morning snacks, newcomer orientations, daily networking receptions, and three packed exhibit halls provided abundant opportunities to meet and network with like-minded people.
More than a hundred organizations and vegan vendors offered literature, merchandise, and samples of new food and other cruelty-free products. Free snacks from our generous food donors were enjoyed throughout the event.
Reliving Your Experience
You can relive the conference (or experience it for the first time) by browsing the Program Booklet and purchasing audio recordings.
Stay tuned for the full photo albums coming very soon!
Also, check out the #AR2016 hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see other attendees' posts.
Tell Us About Your Experience
Let us know your thoughts by taking the AR2016 attendee survey.We greatly value your feedback and will take all comments into consideration for next year's event.
Thank You & Join Us Again Next Year!
We're honored that you joined us and we hope it was a valuable experience for you.
AR2017 will take place August 3-6 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, just outside Washington, DC. Registration will open early next year.