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From 24 July 2005 Issue

The Power of One Conference - Update

With August nearly here, I want to update you about our exciting plans for “The Power of One” conference coming up on October 7-9. This is the Twentieth Annual International Compassionate Living Festival which is co-produced by the Culture and Animals Foundation, led by Tom Regan, and the Animals and Society Institute.

Our early registration discount is in effect until August 31, so don’t miss your chance to reserve your spot and save a spot of cash at the same time! After September 1, the registration cost goes up to $159, which is still a bargain considering the five vegan meals and all the conference benefits.

Our Saturday evening keynote speaker, Tony Banks, is now officially Lord Stratford of Stratford in the U.K. House of Lords, as appointed by Prime Minister Tony Blair in June. Banks, the Member of Parliament who led the successful effort to outlaw fox hunting and other hunting with dogs, once declared that “If animals could vote, I am quite sure that I would have become prime minister by now.” We, meanwhile, have no doubt that Lord Stratford will be voted one of our most popular speakers.

We are also proud to feature Whole Foods Market CEO John Mackey as our keynote speaker on Friday, October 7. With mad cow disease, avian flu and other farmed animal issues so prominent in the news, the conference will explore how food choices and agricultural practices affect the well-being of our entire nation.

Our other dynamic speakers include Ingrid Newkirk, Sherry Schlueter, Patrick Kwan, Jill Robinson, Carol Buckley and Karen and Michael Iacobbo, covering the spectrum of hot topics and current events. I will talk about The Animals’ Platform and Tom Regan will close the conference with an inspiring and rousing speech. You can see biographies and photos of all speakers on the conference Web site, www.animalsandsociety.org/conference05speakers.htm .

We are sorry to note that attorney and author Steven Wise will be unable to attend the conference due to unforeseen circumstances. Happily, Joyce Tischler, executive director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, is doing us the honor of leading our discussion of major legal issues affecting animals today.

Two more organizations, the Doris Day Animal League and Satya magazine, have signed on as conference sponsors. Registrations are increasing each week, and we expect the largest attendance ever at an International Compassionate Living Festival.

So if you haven’t already, please take advantage of our early registration discount, and tell your friends and colleagues about this unique and inspiring event. Details, registration forms and regular updates are available at www.animalsandsociety.org/conference05.htm . We look forward to seeing you there!

For the animals,

Kim W. Stallwood
Co-executive Director
Animals and Society Institute
Email: kim.stallwood@animalsandsociety.orgwww.animalsandsociety.org
(410) 675-4566

Tom Regan and I look forward to seeing you at "The Power of One" conference in Raleigh/Durham, NC October 7-9.

Registration information at www.animalsandsociety.org/conference05.htm

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