Animal Writes
8 July 2001 Issue
Animal Rights 2001 - Success

from FARM - [email protected] 

Between June 30 - July 4, 115 speakers representing 60 organizations from every faction of our movement addressed a thousand participants from as far away as Australia and Japan in more than 160 sessions. The sessions included workshops dealing with various forms of animal abuse

and organizing and outreach skills, 'rap' sessions on ideological and ethical issues, campaign reports, and plenary addresses on strategy for the next century. Keynote speakers included the movement's veteran philosopher Tom Regan, renowned whale defender and Greenpeace co-founder Paul Watson, and former rancher and feedlot operator Howard Lyman.

More than a hundred videos, ranging from "Chicken Run" to ELF's "Igniting a Revolution," were screened, as 75 organizations exhibited their literature and merchandise. Other features included Newcomer Orientation, Employment Clearinghouse, Planning Meetings, a banquet, awards to journalist Daphne Bramham and film stars Linda Blair and James Cromwell.

Following the conference, a hundred activists distributed 10,000 leaflets to the throngs at the July 4th celebration on the National Mall, as SHARK's 'Tiger Truck' circled the Mall showing slaughterhouse footage on 8-ft projection screens. A number of activists took part in the HSUS Lobby Day on Capitol Hill the following day.

Animal Rights 2001 was the first national conference of the new millennium and marked the 20th anniversary of the movement's birth at a small gathering in Allentown PA in July 1981. The conference was organized by FARM, a national organization advocating plant-based eating. Supporting organizations included PETA, Humane Society of the United States, Farm Sanctuary, In Defense of Animals, and New England Antivivisection Society. Also, American Anti-Vivisection Society, Animal Protection Institute, Doris Day Animal League, Fund for Animals, Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, National Antivivisection Society, and LW Robbins Associates.

Hundreds of conference photographs are posted on the web site below. Audio tapes of workshops and plenary sessions may be obtained for $9/18 from JOB Recording Service, [email protected]; 202-269-2001; 4610 S Dakota Ave NE, Washington, DC 20017. Video tapes of the plenary sessions may be obtained from FARM for $20.

Five Activists Inducted Into US Animal Rights Hall of Fame

from [email protected] 

Five animal rights activists were inducted into the US Animal Rights Hall of Fame on July 3, at the Animal Rights 2001 national conference in McLean, VA. They included founder of FARM and Great American Meatout Alex Hershaft, co-founder of PETA Alex Pacheco, co-founder of Animals' Agenda Jim Mason, and co-founders of Farm Sanctuary Gene and Lorri Bauston.

The US Animal Rights Hall of Fame was established last year to recognize and honor the outstanding contributions of individuals to the promotion of animal rights in the United States. Votes are cast by speakers at the Animal Rights conference. Past winners were Cleveland Amory, Howard Lyman, Ingrid Newkirk, Peter Singer, and Henry Spira.

Thank you for making Animal Rights 2001 a truly millennium event!

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