If you still have a free weekend at the end of July you should definitely come and meet us at the first international animal rights conference held in Warsaw, Poland.
Our goal is to provide a platform for networking and skill-sharing for animal rights activists from all over the Europe. You're welcome to join us between 29th and 31st July to discuss successfull strategies, corporate outreach, fundrising campaigns and learn from animal rights movement leaders working for well known organizations like PETA, Vegan Outreach or Animal Equality.
We also want to support new organizations that are entering the animal rights movement, empower activists from Eastern Europe and all the other countries which don't have a long history of animal advocacy.
The long list of speakers among others include:
Kim Stalwood (US, UK) is an international consultant, independent scholar and author and speaker in animal rights. He has 40 years of personal commitment and professional experience in leadership positions with some of the world’s foremost animal advocacy organisations like Compassion in World Farming, British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). He co-founded the Animals and Society Institute with Ken Shapiro in 2005. He is the (volunteer) Executive Director of Minding Animals International. Currently, he is a consultant to Philip Lymbery, Chief Executive, CIWF, in the UK and Becky Robinson, President and Founder, Alley Cat Allies, in the USA. Additional clients include Eurogroup for Animals in Brussels and GREY2K USA Worldwide in Boston.
He is the author of 'Growl: Life Lessons, Hard Truths, and Bold Strategies from an Animal Advocate" with a Foreword by Brian May (Lantern Books, 2014). He became a vegetarian in 1974 after working in a chicken slaughterhouse. He has been a vegan since 1976. He holds dual citizenship in the UK and US.
Ria Rehberg (Germany) studied intercultural communications at the Complutense University of Madrid and the University of Ratisbona. She has been an animal rights activist for several years and is co-directing the work of Animal Equality in Germany. Animal Equality strives to be as effective as possible in the struggle for long-term social change and prioritizes the impact and efficiency of their work. The organization has been awarded with being a “Top Charity” by Animal Charity Evaluators for the last two consecutive years. The German group has conducted several investigations into the animal industry, including duck farms, organic egg farms and welfare labels of the pig industry. Through vegan outreach, media work and social media and online outreach Animal Equality engages several million people on a daily basis.
Vic Sjodin (US) is the Director of Outreach for the group Vegan Outreach. Victor has travelled to over 500 universities around the world with volunteers to promote veganism, personally handing out booklets to more than 850,000 students. He also started leafletting programs in several countries such as Mexico and India. Vic has spoken at numerous conferences and universities about both veganism and spreading the message via leafletting and one on one interactions.
Camilla Björkbom (Sweden) is the President of Djurens Rätt (Animal Rights Sweden). She has been committed to animal advocacy for over 20 years, working with outreach, campaigns, public relations and political lobbying. With its 40 000 members, Djurens Rätt is the leading animal rights organization in Sweden focusing on ending factory farming, fur farming and animal experiments as well as promoting veganism.
Tobias Leenaert (Belgium) is the founder of the Belgian non profit vegetarian organisation EVA, which in 2005 was probably the first vegetarian organisation in the world to receive significant structural support from its national government. In 2010, Tobias was elected as a Fellow of Ashoka, an international organisation supporting high impact social entrepreneurs. Tobias blogs at www.veganstrategist.org, is a regular international speaker, and together with Dr. Melanie Joy is co-founder and co-director of the Center for Effective Vegan Advocacy. He’s also working on a book on strategy and communication to reduce animal suffering, which will be published by Lantern Press end of 2016.
Felix Hnat (Austria) is an activist for animals for about 15 years now. Based in Vienna he is President of the Vegan Society Austria ( Vegane Gesellschaft Österreich ) and Vice-President of the European Vegetarian Union. From street protests to civil disobedience to vegan campaigning he experienced all forms of activism. Currently he is focusing on further increasing the number of Vegetarians (already 10%) and Vegans (1%) in Austria with his team of employess and activists at Vegan Society Austrian.
JOIN US! You can register at : http://careconf.eu/
See you soon!