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
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,
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
For the animals,
Kim W. Stallwood
Animals and Society Institute
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
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