2017 Animal Rights and Animal Advocacy Events

Here is a listing of 2017 animal rights and animal advocacy events and conferences. Time to mark your calendars!

For a listing of major vegan festivals and events, see the event listings for the U.S. and worldwide at Vegan Festivals. See more websites listing events for animal welfare, rights and advocacy.

Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) Grassroots Events – Effective Animal Advocacy, Lobby 101 and Humane 101

Free grassroots events sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). These programs will show you ways to help protect and advocate for animals in your state, and give you the best tools and resources to become an effective citizen lobbyist.

When and where: Ongoing and nationwide – find an event near you.

Dr. Will & Madeleine Tuttle and The World Peace Diet Presentation

Date & Place: See the schedule
More Information: See The World Peace Diet lecture schedule

See Madeleine and Dr. Will Tuttle’s schedule of presentations across the U.S., Europe and South Africa, that include a lecture by Dr. Tuttle on his book, The World Peace Diet, as well as his concerts, workshops, and Sunday morning service presentations. The concerts and workshops include art exhibits of Madeleine’s paintings.

2017 Anti Fur March! New York City

Date: Saturday, January 14, 2 – 4 pm EST
Place: Starting at Madison Square Park, in front of the Flat Iron Building
More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/352432545118763/

March against the fur trade. The march will begin at Madison Square Park, in front of the Flat Iron Building (Broadway & 23rd). The march will continue to SOHO and end with the loudest possible protest in front of Canada Goose (101 Wooster Street).

The I Am NOT An Animal Symposium (Earth In Transition)

Date: February 24 – 25, 2017
Place: Emory Conference Center, Atlanta
More Information: See EarthInTransition.org

A ground-breaking two-day symposium from Earth In Transition to explore the idea that at the core of our increasingly destructive relationship with our fellow animals is the deeply-rooted psychological need to tell ourselves that “I am NOT an animal!” The symposium will talk with leaders in the fields of psychology, ecology, philosophy, humanities, law and advocacy, and discuss how we can apply their insights to environmental and animal protection efforts.

4th Annual Animal Film Festival

Date: Saturday, February 25, 2017 – 9:30 am – 10 pm PST
Place: The Center for the Arts, 314 West Main Street, Grass Valley, California
More Information: See CAPE’s Animal Film Festival for tickets

The 4th Annual Animal Film Festival is presented by the Center For Animal Protection & Education (CAPE), a non-profit animal advocacy organization with locations in both Santa Cruz and Grass Valley, California. This all-day, one-of-a-kind film festival features films that have been submitted by film makers from around the world and are pre-screened by a panel of 15 judges. The variety of films selected entertain, enlighten, and educate audiences with a combination of independent films, comedies, documentaries, and works by emerging artists. Films may explore any aspect of animal welfare, animal rights, the human/animal bond or programs demonstrating ways to improve the lives of animals. All proceeds benefit animal programs at both organizations. 

UPC’s 7th Annual Conscious Eating Conference

Date: Saturday, March 11th, 2017 from 10 am – 6 pm
Place: David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA
More Information: See Conscious Eating Conference

United Poultry Concerns’ (UPC) Conscious Eating Conference explores the ethics of eating animals in depth and discusses why our food choices matter, and what we can do to make a difference. The conference brings together expert speakers to share their ideas about the best food choices we can make for the planet, for ourselves, and for the animals.

Wildlife Conservation Houston EXPO 2017

Date: Saturday, March 25th
Place: Houston, TX
More Information: See WCN Events

Each of these one-day conferences is a unique opportunity for wildlife lovers to come together and hear first hand from conservationists protecting endangered species around the world. Join us and immerse yourself in stories about their daily triumphs and challenges and walk away inspired.

CFHS National Animal Welfare Conference – Canada

Date: April 8-11, 2017
Place: Westin Ottawa, Canada
More Information: See CFHS National Animal Welfare Conference

The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) is pleased to present its 4th annual National Animal Welfare Conference (NAWC) on April 8-11, 2017 at the Westin Ottawa. The CFHS National Animal Welfare Conference is the pre-eminent venue for thought leadership, sharing of ideas, networking and learning. It is Canada’s only animal welfare industry event that represents the entire diversity of animal welfare leaders in Canada. Whether you work with a humane society, SPCA, animal rescue, advocacy group, animal control, conservation, an academic institution or the government – or are just interested in animal welfare, our exciting conference is the place for you! It will arm you with all the inspiration, information, tools and training you need to help build a Humane Canada on behalf of our nation’s animals.

AFS Spring Vegan Conference 2017

Date: April 8, 2017
Place: Soho, Manhattan, NY @ NYC Fire Museum
More Information: See AFSConference.org

The goals for this year’s conference are to promote compassion in fashion; offer a platform for vegan designers to compete in the world of fashion; and offer a new view and approach to animal rights advocacy and leadership. The conference will present special opportunities for ethical fashion traders, designers, models and beauticians to showcase their products, highlighting that beauty and elegance do not need to hurt or harm sentient beings. The conference will focus on issues concerning all fur-bearing animals. Topics will include the exploitation and cruelty of fur farms, wool and leather production, and the “harvesting” of wildlife (involving trapping, penning, bear baiting, etc.)

Cowspiracy Sustainability & Activism Conference

Date: April 22 & 23, 11 am – 8 pm
Place: Radisson Baltimore Hotel, 101 West Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD
More Information: Get tickets here

The Sustainability & Activism Conference is a two-day event thoughtfully curated by Kip Andersen, Keegan Kuhn and the A.U.M. Films & Media Organization to be held at the Radisson Hotel in Baltimore, MD. Our goal is to bring together environmental experts on sustainability and activism to give talks and workshops on a wide range of subjects which are inspiring and provoke meaningful discussions about Sustainability & Activism.

Wildlife Conservation Day Area Spring EXPO 2017

Date: Saturday, April 29th
Place: Dominican University of CA, Angelico Hall, San Rafael, CA
More Information: See WCN Events

Each of these one-day conferences is a unique opportunity for wildlife lovers to come together and hear first hand from conservationists protecting endangered species around the world. Join us and immerse yourself in stories about their daily triumphs and challenges and walk away inspired.

PCRM Food For Life Certification Training

Date: May 3 – 5, 2017
Place: Washington D.C.
More Information: At PCRM.org / Application Deadline: Monday, February 6, 2017

Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine’s (PCRM) Food for Life is a small business franchise program for individuals and institutions to deliver nutrition and cooking classes directly to their communities around the world. Food For Life is a global leader in plant-based nutrition and cooking education for disease prevention and survival. This is a certification training program to teach the Food for Life program for people who are enthusiastic about health, wellness, and disease prevention and wants to share their passion with their community. The certification can also be used by organizations with a nutrition or health focus looking for an established and credible plant-based nutrition education program to offer their customers or employees.

The Rethinking Animals Summit 2017, the Unsustainable Cost of Our Treatment of Other Species

Date: May 6 & 7, 2017
Place: New York City, NY
More Information: Info on Speakers and Tickets

This Summit will be a diverse and comprehensive gathering of global experts in the fields of research, conservation and humane treatment of animals conversing with leaders in business, government, media, education, theology and the arts to challenge our current understanding of animals and their environments. Through new insights and dialogue, our mission is to increase awareness, evolve attitudes, develop new models of thinking, and set precedent for necessary action on behalf of other species.

Animal Care EXPO 2017

Date: May 9-12, 2017
Place: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
More Information: www.animalsheltering.org/expo

A world-class educational conference and full-scale international trade show, sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), is designed for anyone who works or volunteers at the local level with dogs, cats or other animals. The goal of this annual event is to help people working in the fields of animal sheltering, care, control, rescue and disaster planning and response do the best and most efficient jobs possible.

Direct Action Everywhere DxE FORUM 2017

Date: May 24th – 30th, 2017
Place: Berkeley, CA
More information: See Direct Action Everywhere DxE Forum

The movement for animal liberation mobilizes activists worldwide for nonviolent direct action that can make an impact. Every year, Direct Action Everywhere organizers and activists from around the world come together to connect, re-connect, and engage in communal learning for one ultimate reason – to become better advocates for animals.

2nd Annual Farmed Animal Conference, Food Justice for All

Date: June 2 – 4, 2017
Place: Animal Place Sanctuary, Grass Valley, CA
More information: Register and get your tickets!

This year’s theme for the 2nd Annual Farmed Animal Conference is Food Justice for All, and includes workshops on starting and maintaining a sanctuary, expert speakers in intersectional justice, how to effectively campaign on behalf of nonhuman animals, and how to self-care. Vegan feminist icon and author of the pathbreaking The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory Carol J. Adams is a keynote speaker! There are 50 camping sites available and a lodging page with hotel and B&B listings.

7th Annual National Animal Rights Day (NARD7) – Celebrated Nationwide

Date: Sunday, June 4, 2017
Place: Nationwide!
More information: Learn about National Animal Rights Day

This day is dedicated every year to animal rights in the U.S. and Canada, to raise awareness of how animals suffer for and by humans, and to give a voice to all animals, until all animals are free from enslavement and their rights are established and protected by law. See the list of special events across major cities in the U.S., which includes a requiem ceremony for the billions of animals who die every year by human hands, reading and signing the Declaration of Animal Rights, and a celebration of the steps that are being made towards ending the suffering of animals and adopting a compassionate, plant-based, lifestyle.

Vegetarian Summerfest 2017 – Annual Conference of the North American Vegetarian Society

Date:   July 5 – 9, 2017
Place: Conference Center at Pitt-Johnstown, on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, PA
More information: See Vegetarian Summerfest

The 43rd annual conference features over 60 informative and inspiring speakers and educators. Included are classes, lectures, workshops, discussions, films, entertainment and vegan meals!

Best Friends National Conference 2017

Date: July 13-15, 2017
Place: Atlantic City, New Jersey
More Information: See Best Friends National Conference

The 2017 Best Friends National Conference will take place July 13-15 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Join a collaborative, creative community and discover a brighter future for our pets. “Where people, passion and purpose come together to SAVE THEM ALL!”

Animal Rights National Conference 2017

Date:  August 3-6, 2017
Place: Hilton Marks Center, just outside of Washington D.C. in Alexandria, Virginia
More information: See program and register ARConference.org

The Animal Rights National Conference is the largest and longest-running animal rights gathering. The conference attracts 1,650+ leaders, activists, vegan vendors, and others who care about animals, and offer sessions on abuse, organizing, and outreach skills, as well as opportunities to discuss controversial issues, enjoy delicious food, network, and “recharge your batteries.”

Compassion in Action

Date: Saturday, August 26, 2017
Place: Oakland, CA
More Information: Register for the event

“Frame your values. Communicate your values. Act on your values. The intention behind this event is to connect like-minded people with each other as well as with their own values and guide them to frame those values, communicate those values, and act on those values in effective and powerful ways — socially, politically, and personally. By the end of the event, you will be armed with the tools and resources you need to put your values to work to change the world for animals.”

World Day for the End of Speciesism

Date: August 26, 2017
Place: All over the world
More Information: See the list of marches

The goal of the World Day for the End of Speciesism is to denounce the unjust ideology that makes the barbarity of raising and killing billions of animals for our pleasure—a needed change. Join a march to  take a stand against the injustice being done to animals, which has become one of the most important social debates of our time. Our relationship with animals is based on speciesism. By analogy with racism and sexism, speciesism refers to an ideology that considers the lives and interests of animals as insignificant just because they are of a different species. Speciesism is untenable because humans are not the only ones to feel emotions and suffer and therefore we have to respect the lives and interests of the other sentient beings who share this planet with us. Join a march! Marches will be organized in various countries. If you want to help change society, join the movement! Post of social media! Speak up for animals.

International Animal Rights Conference 2017

Date: September 7 – 10, 2017
Place: The Kulturfabrik in Esch, Luxembourg
More Information: More about the speakers, programs and registration

The goal of the International Animal Rights Conference 2017 is to provide a truly international platform for people active in the animal rights movement and those interested in learning more about animal rights. The conference will function as a networking platform for animal rights activists, but also will present current animal rights views. The emphasis will be on practical animal rights work. The conference will also offer many presentations, workshops, open discussions, panel discussions, campaign reports, stalls and exhibits, an animal rights concert, and great networking opportunities. For all animal rights activists and people who care about animals, the environment, and would like to learn more about animal rights in both theory and practice.

Stop Live Transport!

Date: September 13, 2017
Place: Everywhere!
More Information: Get Involved, learn more here

Compassion in World Farming has organized this global day of action to demonstrate against the abhorrent trade in, and long distance transport of, live animals. There are many different ways to get involved and help raise awareness against this brutal trade.

World Day For Farmed Animals 2017

Date: October 2, 2017
Place: Everywhere! All around the world!
More information: DayForAnimals.org

World Day for Farmed Animals (WDFA), founded in 1983, is dedicated to exposing the needless suffering and death of sentient animals raised and killed for food. Be a part of a massive outreach effort and distribute literature in your community about animal agriculture. Search the Event Directory to find an event near you and add your voice to the thousands. Learn how to take action for World Day for Farmed Animals and organize your own event.

Wildlife Conservation Bay Area Fall EXPO 2017

Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Place: Mission Bay Conference Center, San Francisco, CA
More Information: See EXPO

Each of these one-day conferences is a unique opportunity for wildlife lovers to come together and hear first hand from conservationists protecting endangered species around the world. Join us and immerse yourself in stories about their daily triumphs and challenges and walk away inspired.

25th Annual Animal Law Conference

Date: October 13-15, 2017
Place: Portland, Oregon
More information: Registration, Agenda, Speakers

The annual Animal Law Conference gives attorneys, law students, professors, and activists from around the world a place to share ideas, knowledge, and practical skills about advancing the interests of animals through the legal system. Today, the conference has become one of the largest and most popular of its kind, featuring some of the most respected voices in the field of animal law.

This year’s conference will feature cutting-edge global animal law issues including protecting animals in their native countries; international marine mammal challenges; animal testing outside the U.S.; factory farming worldwide; animals in constitutions; litigation and legislation updates; and much more. The Animal Law Conference is co-presented by Animal Legal Defense Fund, the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School, and the Lewis & Clark Student Animal Legal Defense Fund.

 ALDF Animal Law Bootcamp

Date: Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017
More information: For registration, see ALDF.org/Bootcamp

The Animal Law Boot Camp will host experts in their respective fields for an hour-long discussion on the ways in which animal issues and the laws surrounding them come into play with various other fields of law. This first program will include sessions on constitutional law, environmental law, ethics, and criminal law. A Q&A session will be held at the end of the program.


Credits: Photo by Lance Cheung, USDA


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