About the Conference

In the summer of 1981, Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) helped launch the U.S. animal rights movement by bringing its leading authorities together at a conference in Allentown, PA. With very few exceptions, FARM has been stewarding our movement’s national conferences ever since. In recent years, the Animal Rights National Conference has grown into the world’s largest and longest-running animal rights event. It attracts nearly 2,000 attendees representing 90 organizations from a dozen countries, with 100 exhibitors and 170 speakers presenting in 80 sessions. And in 2021, we’re planning a 40th Anniversary Celebration!

The Animal Rights National Conference is dedicated to the vision that animals have the right to live free from human exploitation. It provides a forum where the relative merits of the multiple paths, strategies, and tactics for advancing that vision may be aired in an atmosphere of mutual respect. It offers eye-opening glimpses into animal exploitation, useful activist guidance, encouraging inspiration, and unparalleled networking opportunities. 

A statement about the Animal Rights 2021 National Conference

After deep consideration and listening to other perspectives from our supporters, we’ve come to the decision to cancel the virtual Animal Rights 2021 National Conference in favor of a Fall 2021 40th Anniversary Celebration. Cancelling was a difficult decision as the conference has had such an impact and has inspired tens of thousands of attendees since 1981. 

Thank you to all our allies in the fight for animal justice. There will be more events in FARM’s future, and we look forward to your support in continuing to build a coalition of vegan and animal rights activists. 

Questions? Please feel free to email us at info@arconference.org.
Looking for 2019’s conference audio recordings? Click here.