September – December 2013
We welcome all animal rights activists and all people who care about animals, the environment, and would like to learn more about animal rights in both theory and practice.
What is the Goal of the Conference?
The organizers of the conference are active in the animal rights movement in Luxembourg and other countries in Europe and have participated at various others conferences in Europe and the United States and also organized the international conferences in 2011 and 2012. The goal of the International Animal Rights Conference 2013 is to provide a truly international platform for people active in the animal rights movement and those interested in learning more about animal rights. The conference should function as a networking platform for animal rights activists, but should also present current animal rights views. One main aspect is also the practical animal rights work. Therefore we have decided to provide/organize the following:
• panel discussions
• campaign reports
• stalls and exhibits
• animal rights concerts
• animal rights protests
We have been searching for a while for an appropriate location for the second international animal rights conference. Since we did not want to organize just another regional animal rights conference where mostly participants from close by areas would attend, we needed a truly international location which provides that basis for bringing animal rights advocates from various countries together. We believe that Luxembourg is such a location, since this small country in the heart of Europe does hot have a large animal rights community itself and since this multilingual region is very international by itself.
Click here for the Speakers List (which include Steve Best, Chris DeRose, Anthony Marr, Kim Stallwood, others).
Join Farm Sanctuary this fall for our annual Farm Animal Care Conference, which will be held on September 14 and 15 at our New York Shelter in Watkins Glen. This weekend workshop offers an in-depth look into what it takes to start and operate a farm animal sanctuary.
Our interactive seminars will provide participants with information about animal care, day-to-day operation of a nonprofit sanctuary, program administration, educational outreach, and fundraising, while also offering hands-on experience with the animal residents at our shelter. Members from our senior staff are excited to share insight from more than 25 years of experience as the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization. Farm Sanctuary is uniquely qualified to offer expert training to participants; all will leave with a greater understanding of what is needed to rescue and provide lifelong care for farm animals in a sanctuary setting.
The ticket cost for Farm Sanctuary’s Farm Animal Care Conference is $175 per person, and registration is open to adults 18 or older. The registration fee covers all workshop activities and materials and a vegan breakfast and lunch on both days. Accommodations during this conference will not be provided; however, participants are welcome to camp on sanctuary grounds.
Registration is limited to ensure each attendee gets the most out of this experience, so be sure to register today to reserve your spot!
About Chicago VeganMania
Vegan culture and community have grown rapidly in the last few years. Not long ago, most people had never heard the word vegan. Vegans – people who live compassionately by not eating or wearing animals or products that come from animals – were basically invisible. We did much of our shopping in tiny health food co-ops, and our dining in a few carefully selected restaurants.
Now there are dozens of products with the word vegan gracing the fronts of the packaging in most supermarkets, and vegan options abound in dining establishments all over the place. Celebrities describe how their vegan diets give them their sexy bodies or protect them from heart disease, and the small but burgeoning vegan culture is moving from the fringes to middle America.
Nowhere is this more apparent than in Chicago. Famous as the “hog butcher to the world”, Chicago boasts more than a dozen exclusively vegan restaurants (and dozens more vegan-friendly ones), several local vegan food companies, and a rapidly growing community of herbivores.
Chicago VeganMania is a celebration of this dynamic new community. We bring together the vegan restaurants and food companies, leaders and entrepreneurs, doctors and chefs, businesses and organizations, singers and dancers, and we put them in one big place to show them all off to the world.
You certainly don’t have to be vegan to attend or enjoy Chicago VeganMania. You don’t even have to understand or care why people would adopt a vegan lifestyle. We just want you to have fun. Chicago VeganMania is basically a big friendly party, a festival where you can eat wonderful food, enjoy great music and lively entertainment, and have an opportunity to discover unique vegan products and learn the secrets of vegan chefs. There are even places where you can learn about the whys and hows of veganism is you’re so inclined.
Our first three celebrations exceeded everyone’s expectations, and this fall we’ll be back, bigger than ever. So stop by and prepare yourself for an exciting and wonderful day.
Our Vision, Mission and Values
Our Vision is to help create a world based on compassion, peace, and respect for all living things, where people live in radiant good health and have the full capacity to be active participants in all matters of government and commerce as well as their own livelihood, a world where everyone has a sincere appreciation for the interconnectedness of the entire web of life.
The Mission of Chicago VeganMania is to celebrate, unite, promote, and strengthen the diverse vegan culture, economy, and community of Chicago and beyond. We provide a platform and audience for vegan businesses, organizations, groups, and individuals through a series of innovative programs and events culminating in an exciting, inspirational, and fun annual weekend festival.
We eschew the killing, injuring, enslavement, or exploitation of all people and all sentient creatures. The core human values of justice, equality, peace, freedom, and goodwill are consistent with and paramount to these vegan values, and we believe that all aggression and exploitation, even if committed by those who purport to hold our own standards, is not to be excused or tolerated.
We value the enterprise of those who choose to expand the vegan culture, economy, and community by launching new businesses, products, services, ideas, groups, and other forms of expression, and we are committed to helping them all expand their voices, their audiences, and their markets by offering them the platform and tools to achieve their goals.
We acknowledge and value the larger community, and we recognize that each of us is on our own path. We attempt to treat everyone’s path with respect and welcome while adhering to our core values. We invite everyone into our events, including those whose values are contrary to our own. We present our culture, economy and community in the spirit of sharing, with goodwill toward all, and respect for each person’s decision to embrace our values or not. Our position is above judgment, cajoling, ridicule, and bitter argument.
Educating for a Just, Peaceful & Sustainable Future is a groundbreaking opportunity to discover your role in comprehensive humane education — and lead global change. If you are a teacher, educational administrator, changemaker, policymaker, humane educator and/or concerned citizen, please join us Saturday, Sept. 21, for an exciting and transformative day.
You will gain new skills to communicate and teach others about the most important issues of our time, meet and network with people in your field, explore the purpose of education, and witness extraordinary examples of relevant education for our time.
The conference features keynotes from Jane Goodall, Arun Gandhi, and Zoe Weil, hands-on humane education workshops and an International Day of Peace parade.
Presented by Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers (HEART), the Institute for Humane Education (IHE) and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, this conference features a dynamic program of speakers including Jane Goodall, DBE, UN Messenger of Peace and founder of the Jane Goodall Institute; Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and founder of the Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute; Zoe Weil, president of the Institute for Humane Education; and many other acclaimed speakers.
The conference also includes applied humane education workshops and a parade in honor of the U.N. International Day of Peace, when the United Nations calls upon all nations and people to cease hostilities for 24 hours and to offer education and public awareness about issues related to peacemaking. The theme for this year’s observance is “Education for Peace.” Our humane education conference will offer information, tools and motivation to people wishing to help build a peaceful world for all people and all species through education.
The conference will be hosted by New York University’s Animal Studies Initiative in the NYU Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life. The conference welcomes educators, changemakers, students and concerned citizens from across the United States and abroad. Early general registration is $75 through Aug. 1, 2013, and $95 thereafter. Student registration is $25 through Aug. 1, 2013, and $35 thereafter. If the cost prevents a potential participant from registering, an adjusted rate may be considered on a sliding scale. Please use the Contact Us tab to submit a request.
VegFest celebrates and promotes sustainable, compassionate and healthy food choices and lifestyles. This low-cost, educational, and fun event welcomes everyone. VegFest connects organizations, businesses and educators with the local public and each other.
Bring your own bag to collect samples and info! Souvenir cloth bags will be available for $3 each.
• Free samples of hundreds of different foods!
• Delicious main dishes, decadent desserts and chocolates, fresh organic produce, veggie burgers, non-dairy cheeses, milks and ice creams; fruit smoothies and juices, hummus, whole grain breads and gluten-free crackers, tofu spreads and dips, nut and seed butters, energy bars and on-the-go snacks, raw snacks and treats, and so much more!
• Cooking Demonstrations
• Ask the Experts
• Family and Teen Activities
• Non-Profit Organizations
• Film Screenings
Portland VegFest will need 400+ volunteers to make it an even greater success than last year. Want to help out with VegFest 2013? Please email Chelsea Davis.
The 16th annual Charlottesville Vegetarian Festival will be held on Saturday September 29th in Lee Park from 11 AM to 5 PM. The festival committee has been busy and we have a full line-up of exhibitors, food vendors, speakers, cooking demos, activities for kids, and of course live music throughout the day. All we need now to make it happen are energetic volunteers to help us on the day of the festival!
All food vendors must complete and submit the Application for Temporary Restaurant Permit to the Thomas Jefferson Health District . This form must be received by the Health District no later than September 19, 2012. Please also see the exhibitor rules that follow, and note the additional rules for food vendors. All food items sold at the Cville Vegetarian Fest must be vegetarian with vegan meals available.
For more information, please feel free to contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 434-295-3407. We hope that you are able to join us at the Festival!
VegfestUK London takes place over two days in October 2013, on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th, with the show open 11am — 7pm both days
- Up to 180 stalls
- Stalls on 2 floors
- Stacks of special offers and free tasters!
- Huge savings on leading brands
- Cookery Classes both days wiht special guest Chad Sarno
- Talks and Presentations — Nutrition, Lifestyle, Campaigns
- 2 Workshops areas
- Living Raw Prep Zone
- Performance Stage featuring special guest Macka B (Sunday)
- 2 x Cinemas
- Meet the Experts sessions
- Comedy Hours both days, with Dave Spikey & Andrew O’Neill
- VegfestUK Awards Presentation on Saturday
- Kids Cookery Classes and activities
- 12 specialist global Caterers plus Snack Bars & many other food stalls
- Licensed Bar
- Expected up to 10,000 visitors throughout the weekend
- Free Nutritional Advice for visitors
- Fun for all the family!
- Everything at the event is 100% plant based — no animal products permitted
VegfestUK London is organised by Tim Barford from Yaoh. Tim has been organising veggie events in the UK for a decade now, and his first show was back in 2003 (The Bristol Vegan Fayre, which he founded) attracting around 1500 visitors. Tim organises VegfestUK Brighton in March and VegfestUK Bristol in May, whilst running his hemp company Yaoh.
In 2013 the 41st IVU World Vegfest will combine with the 6th Asian Veg Congress, hosted by the Malaysian Vegetarian Society.
The Malaysia Vegetarian Society is a non-profit, non-religious society aimed at promoting the benefits of vegetarianism for our health, our environment and a more compassionate world.
The society abides by the international definition of vegetarianism, namely, ‘Vegetarianism is the practice of living without the use of meat, fish, or fowl, with or without the addition of eggs and dairy products’.
Kuala Lumpur is the federal capital and most populous city in Malaysia. The city covers an area of 243 km2 (94 sq mi) and has an estimated population of 1.6 million as of 2012. Greater Kuala Lumpur, also known as the Klang Valley, is an urban agglomeration of 5.7 million as of 2010.
Effective action against vivisection. The Free the Animals Conference will empower and energize activists across the U.S. to attack the animal experimentation issue head-on and make concrete changes for the tens of millions of animals who are imprisoned in laboratories.
- Admittance to all conference programs Friday-Sunday
- Three full days of training, motivation, and tactics
- Private screening of Project Nim
- Saturday night social (light vegan fare)
- Conference materials (schedule, etc.)
- Major demonstration at the UCLA campus
Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! (SAEN) was founded in 1996 to force an end to the abuse of animals in laboratories. Our first major event was a news conference that revealed the suffering endured by dogs, rabbits, and primates in 9 laboratories across the United States.
Documents obtained by SAEN had revealed severe abuses within the laboratories of Michigan State University, University of Southern California, University of Washington, Stolle Research and Development, University of South Florida, Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center (associated with Emory University), University of Florida, University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Toledo. The USDA fined several of these laboratories, and abusive primate experiments within the laboratories of the University of Toledo were terminated subsequent to the SAEN news conference.
Since our inception, SAEN staff and the tireless volunteers who support our campaigns on the local level have allowed us to make a real difference for the animals. With the help of grassroots activists, SAEN has ended pound seizure (the sale of former pets from animal shelters to labs) in Nashville (TN), and we have also ended abusive experiments on primates in San Diego (CA).
Our investigations have revealed abuses within laboratories from Boston to California and from Florida to Washington. Facilities that torture animals in Texas, Michigan, Wisconsin, Oregon, and North Carolina have been exposed. SAEN has been able to bring the truth about animal experimentation to the public through dozens of newspapers, magazines, and television & radio stations. Literally millions of people have seen the results of SAEN investigations. But Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! is probably the best kept secret within the animal rights movement.
In 2001 SAEN filed the largest Official Complaint in history with the United States Department of Agriculture. Our complaint uncovered abuses in nationally known laboratories like UCLA, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, Yale, Harvard, The Salk Institute, MIT, and dozens of other laboratories.
In April of 2002, SAEN released the results of an investigation into the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the bankrolling of U.S. animal experimentation. The SAEN report asked for a General Accounting Office audit of the NIH to examine the issues of duplication and redundancy. Media coverage of the SAEN report reached over one million people.
In June of 2002, SAEN again filed a milestone complaint with the USDA revealing that Harvard and Yale had lied to the USDA about the number of primates experimented on in university laboratories.
In our brief history SAEN has made a concrete difference for the animals, and we will continue to fight for their freedom until all the laboratory cages are empty.
About Michael Budkie
Michael Budkie, A.H.T., is the co-founder and Executive Director of Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! (SAEN), that works exclusively on the animal experimentation issue by successfully terminating research projects, forcing the USDA to take legal action against laboratories, and coordinating release of animals into sanctuaries. After witnessing the atrocities of animal experimentation during his education, he successfully ended a head injury experiment on cats at the University of Cincinnati that launched his career leading to positions with several national organizations before he co-founded SAEN in the mid-1990s. He has been published and he travels extensively, appearing on TV and radio programs to expose the truth about animal experimentation.
Twin Cities Veg Fest is for anyone and everyone – from omnivores to vegetarians and vegans! If you’ve ever thought about becoming vegetarian or are interested in reducing animal suffering, you’ll love Twin Cities Veg Fest.
Learn where your food comes from, how to be a healthy vegetarian or vegan, and why being compassionate benefits everyone. Plus you’ll enjoy tons of free vegan food samples and delicious vegan cuisine. Everyone who came to our 2012 festival had a great time.
Exhibitors, free food samples, a food court, and speakers. All the food and products at this event will be vegan.
This event is organized by Compassionate Action for Animals.
The festival will take place from 10am to 4pm at Coffman Memorial Union on the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota.
A conference on “Personhood Beyond the Human” will be held at Yale University, December 6-8, 2013. The event will focus on personhood for nonhuman animals, including great apes, cetaceans, and elephants, and will explore the evolving notions of personhood by analyzing them through the frameworks of neuroscience, behavioral science, philosophy, ethics, and law.
The conference will be co-sponsored by the Nonhuman Rights Project and the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies in collaboration with the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics.
Special consideration will be given to discussions of nonhuman animal personhood, both in terms of understanding the history, science, and philosophy behind personhood, and ways to protect animal interests through the establishment of legal precedents and by increasing public awareness.
By the close of the conference, attendees will have gained an enhanced understanding of the neurological, cognitive, and behavioral underpinnings of personhood and those traits required for such consideration; personhood theory; the history of personhood consideration and status (both in terms of philosophical and legal conceptions); and the legal hurdles and requirements for granting personhood status outside of the human species.
The Nonhuman Rights Project will be presenting our research from the past five years including research on the varying legal causes of action that the Nonhuman Rights Project will use to argue legal personhood for specific nonhuman animals.