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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.

Dave Crawford 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, the 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?

Bruce Friedrich. 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 is www.Peta.org.

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. Jones also
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 meat
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.

Jack Norris co-founded 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. Vegan 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 marginalize ourselves.

Lauren Ornelas 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.

Norm Phelps 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.

Paul Shapiro 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 pshapiro@cok.net. 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.

Zoe Weil 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 in Society and So, You Love Animals, and the upcoming book, Above All, Be Kind: Raising a Humane Child in Challenging Times. IIHE’s website is http://www.iihed.org

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 dietary choices.

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