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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
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,
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
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
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