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. We are open to all points of view on achieving animal liberation and provide a platform for respectful and constructive discussion.

AR2020 will take place July 16 – July 19 at the new Hyatt Regency Portland at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland (375 NE Holladay Street, Portland, Oregon, United States, 97232).


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 various educational and networking opportunities including:


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. FARM’s Founding President, Alex Hershaft, served as Conference Chair for more than thirty years. In 2018, Alex passed along his responsibilities to longtime colleagues Jen Riley and Dawn Moncrief. This year, Jen Riley is heading up conference leadership alongside a highly dedicated team of experienced conference managers and the  newly formed AR2019 Program Advisory Committee.


While the conference still runs under the financial wing of FARM, it operates on a separate budget independently of the organization as a whole. The conference is self-sustaining financially and relies on donations from generous supporters in an effort to make the conference accessible through low registration rates, discounts, scholarships, and more. We operate on a sliding scale model and invite those who can afford to pay more or donate to do so.