Safer Space Policy

AR2019 SAFER SPACE POLICY

By attending the Animal Rights National Conference you agree to act respectfully toward other attendees, speakers, exhibitors, and conference management. As an attendee, speaker, sponsor, and/or exhibitor I will refrain from disparaging other activists or organizations.

ATTENDEES*

While constructive discussion and debate of tactics and strategies is encouraged, personally disparaging remarks or harassing behavior, language, and literature are not permitted.

Impermissible acts include non-consensual physical contact, personal space transgressions, verbal abuse, and unauthorized recordings and/or photographs (details below). Personal space transgressions are instances when we make someone uncomfortable by attempting to get too close, either emotionally or physically.  Standing more closely than is comfortable for the other person (even if it seems an acceptable distance to us) or pressuring another person to share more personal information than makes them comfortable are both examples of transgressions of personal space. The easiest way to be sure we are not transgressing on someone’s personal space is to ask them, listen to their answer, and act according to their wishes.

Impermissible acts also include, but are not limited to, sexually inappropriate and/or derogatory comments about someone’s gender, race, ethnicity, age, appearance, sexual orientation, physical ability, or mental/emotional competence or other personal attributes.

While registering implies consent to be photographed by staff photographers and others with special approval, the common sense rule is in effect for taking personal photographs. Unless otherwise noted, there is an allowance for photographing speakers during their presentations. Personal photographs should be respectful and avoid including unknowing attendees. All audio and video recordings must have the express consent of all parties involved. The conference will have official audio recordings available for purchase.

Any violations should be reported to conference management. Depending on the gravity of the situation, violators may be asked to leave the conference, barred from future conferences, or deal with authorities. Violations will be recorded, which can be used as justifications for further actions.

*Attendees include anyone that comes to the conference, registrants, visitors, volunteer, speakers, exhibitors, sponsors and staff.

SPEAKERS, SPONSORS AND EXHIBITORS

As a speaker, sponsor and/or exhibitor, you are still required to committee to the above attendee policy. Though, as such comes with more responsibility, thus you are also held to the additional policies below.

While constructive discussion and debate of tactics and strategies is encouraged, individuals and organizations should not be singled out for critique (or named for such) using the conference’s public speaking or exhibiting platforms.

Speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors must also maintain messaging consistent with our vision of animal rights during the conference. Promoting or encouraging the consumption or use of animals in any capacity is not permitted.

Speakers are expected to focus on providing attendees with knowledge and skills. Therefore, while of course speakers are likely to share their own work and experiences, we ask that this be done in the spirit of helping others to succeed, versus in the spirit of impressing others with our success.


Notice For Bringing Non-Human Animals

Nonhuman animals may only be brought to the conference for the express purpose of companionship if they clearly, visibly enjoy being in large, noisy crowds and are safe for humans and other animals (of any and every species) in this setting. It is unacceptable to bring animals to the conference for any purpose except pure companionship, and must never be used to attempt to attract attention. This applies for sponsors, volunteers, staff, exhibitors, speakers, and attendees. Exhibitors are not permitted to bring nonhuman animals that are part of their booth or on display.


Notice of Filming and Photography

By registering and attending the Animal Rights National Conference, you consent to photography, audio recording, video recording and its/there release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction by conference staff (which will be labeled as such with staff badges) to be used for news, promotional purposes, advertising, inclusion on websites, social media, or any other purpose by the Animal Rights National Conference staff. Images, photos and/or videos may be used to promote future conference. You release the Animal Rights National Conference, its full staff, from any liability connected with the taking, recording, digitizing, or publication and use of photographs, video and/or or sound recordings. All other audio and video recordings must have the express consent of all parties involved.


We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone and cancel their registration. If we do cancel your registration, you may or may not receive a full/partial refund.