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From 18 July 2004 Issue

800 Animal Rights Activists Rally In The Nation's Capital

Nearly 800 animal rights activists from throughout the U.S. and several other countries packed the Sheraton Premiere Hotel near the nationís capital on July 8-12, 2004 to map the movementís national strategy for the coming year. (Please visit www.AR2004.org for details.)

The Animal Rights 2004 National Conference featured more than 80 speakers from 60 groups representing every faction of the movement. They presented in 70 sessions, including keynote addresses, briefings on various forms of animal abuse, workshops on organizing and outreach skills, Ďrapí sessions, and campaign reports. More than 50 video documentaries were shown, including four premiere screenings. Nearly 70 organizations exhibited their literature and merchandise.

PETA Vegetarian Campaigns Director Bruce Friedrich and Animals Voice President Laura Moretti were elected to the U.S. Animal Rights Hall of Fame. "Bizarro" Cartoonist Dan Piraro was honored with the Media Celebrity Animal Advocate of the Year Award. Aryenish Birdie from Kansas City won the Rosenberg Award for outstanding contribution to farmed animal liberation by a teenager.

Other prominent speakers included University of Texas philosophy professor Steve Best, Washington Post syndicated columnist Michael Fox, film star Tippi Hedren, former rancher Howard Lyman, University of North Carolina philosophy professor Tom Regan, and Greenpeace cofounder Paul Watson.

Animal Rights 2004 was sponsored by FARM, a national public interest organization advocating wholesome, nonviolent plant-based eating. Key supporting organizations included Animals Voice, Animal Rights On Line, In Defense of Animals, Lantern Books, Veg News, and Vegetarian Times.

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