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.

The conference is dedicated to the vision that all animals have the right to live free from human exploitation. 

In recognition of the wide variety of paths for advancing our shared vision, the conference provides a forum for the respectful and constructive discussion of a broad spectrum of topics, tactics, and strategies. Our extensive programming offers tools and resources for all. Our thought-provoking lectures, interactive workshops, group discussions, and training sessions aim to educate and inspire those who are new to the issues, as well as longtime activists and nonprofit managers. 

We are excited to bring AR2020 to vegan-friendly Portland, OR for the first time ever! The conference will take place at the brand new Hyatt Regency Portland located at 375 NE Holladay Street, Portland, OR 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 transferred his responsibilities to longtime colleagues Jen Riley and Dawn Moncrief. As of last year, Jen Riley is now heading up conference leadership alongside a highly dedicated team of experienced conference managers and a Program Advisory Committee.


While the conference still runs under the financial wing of FARM, it operates on a separate budget independent 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.