AR2019 Report

#AR2019 Strengthened the Animal Rights Movement

"I hope everyone enjoyed the conference as much as I did. It was my first one and I gained a wealth of knowledge. It was also wonderful to be around so many like-minded people. Hopefully we can continue to grow this movement!" - AR2019 Attendee

Bringing Together Activists from Around the World

The Animal Rights 2019 National Conference connected more than 1,600 animal rights activists at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center Hotel just outside Washington, DC from July 25-28, 2019. Attendees united to learn about the issues and movement progress, share skills, network, and become inspired. In addition to individuals, they represented 110 organizations from 17 countries, including Canada, Australia, Brazil, Germany, England, Switzerland, Zimbabwe, Mexico, Columbia, Japan, China, Denmark, Nigeria, Israel, Netherlands, Italy, Thailand and the United States.

AR2019 featured though-provoking presentations from 150 speakers including Aysha Akhtar, Aryenish Birdie, Genesis Butler, Michelle Carrera, Anna Eskamani, Mark Hawthorne, Melanie Joy, Aph Ko, Jasmine C. Leyva, Damien Mander, Jo-Anne McArthur, lauren Ornelas, Sailesh Rao, Brenda Sanders, Pei Su, Jane Velez-Mitchell, Naijha Wright-Brown, and many others.

More than 80 sessions addressed animal abuse, organizing, advocacy, and strengthening the movement with a wide variety of topics including “Liberating the Language of Farmed Animal Abuse,” “When Helping Hurts: Activist Burnout and Self-Care,” “Legal Status of Animals,” “Building an Equitable Movement,” “Strategies for Defeating the Use of Animals in Science,” “Ways To Influence Laws and Politics,” "Sustainable Food Policies and Climate Crisis," “The Psychology of Power” and more. With an increased focus on audience engagement, this year's conference featured more workshops and group discussions, in addition to panels and film screenings with Q&A. Another new feature of this year's program was a special track designed for nonprofit managers and directors providing tools to facilitate positive values and communication within animal advocacy organizations.

The Animal Rights National Conference is grateful to our sponsors, speakers, exhibitors, and food/gift donors who make this conference possible. And of course we greatly appreciate all attendees, each of whom offers unique perspectives and skills that are crucial to the growth and success of the animal rights movement.

“What an incredible time. So happy to have met so many people and am looking forward to next year already." - AR2019 Attendee

Shopping, Food, and Networking

More than 110 exhibitors offered vegan food, literature, merchandise, and other cruelty-free products. Networking receptions provided opportunities for attendees to connect and unwind. We are most grateful to the many food companies and sponsors that donated meals and snacks throughout the event.

“The conference was great! Thanks for all the hard work! The vendors were amazing.” - AR2019 Attendee

Film Screenings

Attendees were introduced to screenings of several intriguing animal rights documentaries, including Countdown to Year Zero, A Prayer For Compassion, The Invisible Vegan, Kangaroo: A Love-Hate Story, Gold Doesn't Rust, Cows Come Home and Long Gone Wild.

Awards Banquet and Closing Ceremony

Saturday night’s Awards Banquet featured vegan actress Elaine Hendrix, who received this year's Animal Rights Star Award. Eleven-year old Angelina Poli was selected for the Youth Activist Award, and the recipient of the Grassroots Animal Activist Award was longtime activist and organizer, Wren Steel. Author, activist and vegan trailblazer Tracye McQuirter of By Any Greens Necessary was inducted into the U.S. Animal Rights Hall of Fame. Vegan comedian Myq Kaplan joined us for the evening's entertainment.

The conference concluded on Sunday night with a Celebration of Animal Rights hosted by renowned vegan drag queen Honey LaBronx.

Reliving Your Experience

You can relive the conference (or experience it for the first time) by browsing the Program Booklet and photo gallery. Audio recordings are available for purchase here.

Also, check out the #AR2019 hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see posts from attendees.

Thank You for Joining Us! 

We’re honored that you've joined us, and we truly hope it was a valuable experience for you. Next year's conference details will be announced in the coming months. Be sure to join our email alerts below to get updates and announcements with next year's event details, calls for speakers, registration details, and more.

"I can't wait for the conference next year, I know it is going to be even better than this one!" - AR2019 Attendee