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Carol J. Adams is the author
of the pathbreaking The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian
Critical Theory, Living Among Meat Eaters: The Vegetarians’
Survival Guide, and the recently released
The Pornography of Meat, as well as a series on
the spirituality of veganism, The Inner Art of Vegetarianism.
She is the co-editor of Animals and Women: Feminist
Theoretical Explorations and other anthologies that
explore the nature of interlocking oppressions. Carol’s
work is widely anthologized and used as a text in college
courses in North America and Great Britain. She is a popular
campus speaker in the US and internationally. A rock group,
Consolidated, devoted one tract of their CD Friendly
Fascism to The Sexual Politics of Meat. Carol’s
website is www.caroljadams.com
Beyond Just “Living With”
Meat Eaters. Carol proposes that vegans should
view meat eaters as blocked vegetarians and will explain
the strategies that evolve given that perspective, with
examples taken from her own experience.
co-founded Rocky Mountain
Animal Defense and has served on the organization’s
board since 1994. He holds a B.S. degree in mass communication
and computer science from the University of Iowa. Dave was
voted Activist of the Year in 2002 by readers of the Colorado
Daily newspaper who in 2003 voted RMAD Nonprofit of the
Year. Dave led the campaign to prohibit the exhibition of
wildlife in Estes Park, Colorado. The campaign kept a zoo
from being built at the entrance to Rocky Mountain National
Park and earned a Genesis Award honorable mention. Dave
filmed and produced Raw Footage, Raw Pain
country’s first undercover expose of an intensive
battery-hen facility, and continues to prioritize veganism
among RMAD’s efforts. RMAD’s website is www.rmad.org
A Cooperative Approach to Promoting
Vegetarianism from The Health Perspective.
According to a recent Time magazine survey, the two top
reasons for people becoming vegetarian are health-related.
RMAD’s HEALTH Program (Humans, Earth, Animals Living
Together in Harmony) includes a website (www.health.rmad.org)
that promotes a plant-based diet. RMAD is developing an
innovative proposal to keep the HEALTH website vibrant,
current, and available to other grassroots organizations
in exchange for shared maintenance responsibilities or a
small subscription fee.
Karen Davis, PhD is the
president of United Poultry Concerns, a nonprofit organization
that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment
of domestic fowl. She runs a sanctuary for chickens, and
is the editor of UPC’s quarterly newsletter PoultryPress.
Her books include Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs:
An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry, More Than
a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality,
Instead of Chicken, Instead of Turkey: A Poultryless “Poultry”
Potpourri, and A Home For Henny. She has published
many articles including “Thinking Like a Chicken:
Farm Animals and the Feminine Connection” in Animals
and Women: Feminist Theoretical Explorations, and “Open
Rescues: Putting a Face on the Rescuers and on the Rescued”
in the forthcoming anthology Terrorists or Freedom Fighters?
A Reflection on the Animal Liberation Movement. On
November 14, 1999, Karen was profiled in “For the
Birds,” an article about her work in The Washington
Post that won the 1999 Ark Trust Genesis Award for
Outstanding Newspaper Feature for 1999. In 2002, Karen was
inducted into the US Animal Rights Hall of Fame “for
outstanding contributions to animal liberation.” UPC’s
website is www.UPC-online.org.
Should Animal Advocates Promote a “Humane”
Animal-Based Diet and Endorse “Humane” Farmed
Animal Production and Products? Some animal
advocates contend that the world is “not ready”
to go vegan, and therefore we should encourage “more
humane eating.” Should we support the idea that there
is such a thing as an “animal-friendly” diet
comprising the consumption of animal products with a clear
conscience? What difference is there, if any, in terms of
ethics, strategy, and goals, between supporting “humane”
fur and “humane” meat?
. As director of vegan outreach
for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA),
Bruce has headed up some of PETA’s most successful
campaigns to help animals. His skills make him a popular
guest on TV and radio news programs. He has appeared on
NBC’s Today show and on various programs on CNN, the
Fox News Network, MSNBC, and Court TV. His campaigns have
been covered repeatedly in North America’s major newspapers.
Before joining PETA in 1996, Bruce spent 6 years working
in a shelter for homeless families and the largest soup
kitchen in Washington, DC. In addition to his work with
PETA, Bruce serves on the governing board of the Catholic
Vegetarian Society and the advisory board of the Christian
Vegetarian Society. He is a founding member of the Society
of Religious and Ethical Vegetarians. PETA’s website
Effective Vegan Advocacy: Look
at Corporations and Steal from Their Corporate Playbook
by: Managing Our Time Effectively, Being Articulate,
Being Presentable, Showing Media Savvy, Reading Key Books
including Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,
and Striking a Balance Without Losing Sight of the Big Picture.
Pattrice Jones is cofounder
and coordinator of the Eastern Shore Sanctuary and Education
Center. Located in an epicenter of poultry production, ESSEC
shelters chickens while promoting local agriculture reform.
coordinates the Global Hunger Alliance, which promotes plant-based
solutions to the worldwide hunger and water crises. Previously,
Jones coordinated the Baker-Mandela Center for Anti-Racist
Education and taught a University of Michigan course on
the theory and practice of social change activism.
Get Real: Facing Reality and Crafting
Strategies Accordingly. Our efforts to promote
veganism have led many people to go vegan and yet we have
not significantly decreased meat consumption. Per-capita
consumption is at an all-time high in the USA and is rising
steadily around the world. While many "go vegan"
programs are excellent, more of the same will not be enough.
This session will address why and how we must appeal to
different communities within the USA, select and focus on
particularly promising potential vegans, go global, and
constantly assess and improve tactics and strategies.
Vegan Outreach in 1993. Vegan Outreach subsequently produced
the brochure Why Vegan
, now one of the most popular
pieces of vegetarian literature. In the mid-1990s, Jack
traveled to 280 colleges in 46 states, distributing 66,000
copies of Why Vegan.
On the road he encountered
many questions regarding vegan nutrition. He then returned
to school and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition
and Dietetics at Life University, and became a Registered
Dietitian. Jack is the author of Vitamin B12: Are
You Getting It?
and Staying a Healthy Vegan
He is the editor of Making Sense of Nutrition Research
and he has a nutrition column in Veg News
Outreach’s website is www.veganoutreach.org
Mainstreaming Veganism by Reaching
Youth and Focusing on Animal Suffering.
Younger people are the future of veganism and we should
focus more on these people than on trying to tailor our
message to resistant adults. Additionally, the emphasis
of vegan activists should remain on animal suffering rather
than side issues with which meat eaters like to trap us
or on personal purity issues with which we can inadvertently
is the US campaigns director
of Viva!USA, a nonprofit organization that investigates
factory farms and runs consumer campaigns by working with
activists worldwide. Viva!USA produces materials to promote
veganism and student activism. Its campaigns include getting
Trader Joe’s to stop selling duck meat, helping students
get vegan meals into their schools, targeting Honeybaked
Ham during the holidays, and serving vegan ice cream in
front of ice cream shops to encourage these shops to carry
a vegan alternative. Lauren started the first high school
animal rights group in San Antonio, Texas. Later she started
groups in college and the Austin group Action for Animals.
Lauren was the National Campaign Coordinator for In Defense
of Animals. In 1999, she was asked by Viva!UK to run Viva!USA.
Viva!USA’s website is www.vivausa.org
My Experience Going From Working
on Anti-Vivisection to Veganism. Some people
think that anti-vivisection campaigns and vegan advocacy
are very different kinds of issues requiring a different
set of advocacy skills. Lauren will explore these beliefs
based on her professional experience in both areas, with
a view to helping other animal activists “bridge the
gap” and to acknowledge the parallels and differences,
like seeing direct change quickly when you convince people
to go vegan.
is the spiritual outreach director
of The Fund for Animals, where he works to encourage faith
communities of all traditions to include animals within
the scope of their compassionate ministries. Norm is the
author of The Dominion of Live: Animal Rights According
to the Bible
. The Fund’s website is www.fund.org
Advocating Vegan Living to Faith
Communities. Norm will discuss the whys and
ways of convincing even the most conservative believers
that there is much to learn from the Bible about the compassionate
stewardship of vegetarian eating.
is the campaigns director
of Compassion Over Killing, a nonprofit animal advocacy
organization based in Washington, DC. Working to end animal
abuse since 1995, COK primarily focuses on cruelty to animals
in agriculture and promotes vegetarian eating as a way to
build a kinder world for all, both human and nonhuman. COK’s
undercover investigations at factory farms and livestock
auctions have garnered national and international media
attention. Paul can be emailed at email@example.com
COK’s website is www.cok.net
Making a Big Difference with Few
Resources: Effective Vegan Advocacy on a Tight Budget.
Paul will discuss the importance of advocating veganism
to affect the big picture when it comes to animal abuse,
and present cost-effective strategies on a limited budget.
is the president of the International
Institute for Humane Education (IIHE), an organization that
trains people to be effective humane educators. IIHE’s
training options include an M.Ed. in Humane Education in
association with Cambridge College, a Humane Education Certificate
Program, and weekend humane education workshops –
all designed to help people teach humane issues and inspire
others to live more compassionate lives. Zoe is the author
of two humane education books for young people, Animals
and So, You Love Animals
, and the
upcoming book, Above All, Be Kind: Raising a Humane
Child in Challenging Times
. IIHE’s website is
Inspiring People to Be Vegan.
This interactive mini-workshop will give participants ideas
for inspiring others to choose a vegan diet. Demonstrating
approaches that are highly successful, Zoe will teach how
to raise awareness about factory farming, foster compassion
for farmed animals, and motivate people to make more compassionate
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