What We Do
Since launching the animal rights movement in 1981, the national animal rights conference has grown into the world's largest gathering of animal rights advocates, with 1600 participants, 160 speakers, and more than 100 exhibitors.
The conference's vision is that of a world where animals are no longer used for food, clothing, research, and entertainment. Its missions are to expose the various forms of animal abuse, to provide training in personal growth, organizing, and advocacy, and to offer a forum for networking and for recognizing emerging movement leaders.
Letters to Editor
Each year, we send letters with a vegan theme to editors of hundreds of America's newspapers, with an average circulation of 50,000. Nearly 500 publish at least one of our letters in the course of a year, bringing our message to tens of millions. We address traditional holidays, like New Year's, Earth Day, Mother's Day, Independence Day, Halloween, and Thanksgiving, as well as Meatout, World Day for Farmed Animals, and major news developments involving animal use and care, diet and health, and environmental conservation.
We launched World Day for Farmed Animals in 1983 to induce caring people everywhere to mourn and memorialize the billions of cows, sheep, pigs, turkeys, chickens, and other innocent, sentient animals brutalized and killed for food each year. For the date, we chose October 2nd, the birth date of Mahatma Gandhi, world's most prominent advocate for farmed animals. Each year since then, hundreds of groups and individuals throughout the world have conducted leafleting, information tables, vigils, and fasts on that day.
Vegan Advocacy in Israel
We provide grants to a half dozen Israeli organizations that advocate veganism and animal rights to both the Jewish and Arab populations.