2018 Animal Rights and Animal Advocacy Events

Here is a listing of 2018 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. VegWorld Magazine publishes a comprehensive listing of vegan events here. See more websites listing events for animal welfare, rights and advocacy.

2018 Effective Animal Advocacy, Lobby 101 and Humane 101

Date and Place: Ongoing and nationwide—find an event near you

Free grassroots workshops sponsored by the Humane Society of the U.S., to present ways to help protect animals in your state and give you tools to become an effective citizen lobbyist. See the calendar for states and dates.


Date: Month of January
More Information: Visit the website at https://veganuary.com

Veganuary is a charity inspiring people to try vegan for the month of January and throughout the rest of the year. The website provides a vegan starter kit, vegan recipes, a vegan dining-out guide and much more.

5th Annual Animal Film Festival

Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018 – 9:30 am – 10 pm PST
Place: The Center for the Arts, 314 West Main Street, Grass Valley, CA
More Information: See CAPE’s Animal Film Festival for the film line-up and tickets

The 5th 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. Throughout the day 22 films will be screened. 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. Filmmakers will be attending; virtual reality experience offered; hot, vegan food in the lobby; yoga stretching during intermissions; free popcorn!

UPC’s 7th Annual Conscious Eating Conference

Date: Saturday, March 10th, 2018, registration at 9am, program 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.

California Animal Care Conference

Date: March 11, 2018 – March 13, 2018 all-day
Place: Renaissance Long Beach Hotel, Long Beach, CA
More Information: http://petfndr.co/2BdwJZ6

Anti-Fur Society & Vegan Conference

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Place: New York City, NY (Soho) at The New York City Fire Museum
More Information: Learn more about the AFS conference

The AFS & Vegan Conference is focused on issues regarding all fur-bearing animals including the exploitation and cruelty of fur farms, wool and leather production, and the “harvesting of wildlife” for fur. The conference will also focus on animal rights advocacy and promote compassion in fashion with vegan designers present to promote their fashion lines. There will be food, exhibitors selling products, speakers, documentary films, entertainment, lunch and dinner.

Wildlife Conservation Bay Area – SPRING EXPO 2018

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Place: Cañada College, Redwood City, CA
More Information: See EXPO

This one-day conference 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.

International Animal Welfare Summit

Date: April 24, 2018
Place: Vienna, Austria
More Information: http://www.iaws2018.com

Animal Care Expo 2018

Date: May 14-17, 2018
Place: Kansas City, Missouri
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. Animal Care Expo focuses on animal welfare, and is the only international conference and full-scale trade show on animal welfare. Professionals, volunteers and people who are about animal welfare are invited to network, share ideas and learn from thought leaders in the field how to most efficiently and effectively help animals.

2018 Animal Liberation Conference

Date: May 23-29, 2018
Place: Berkeley, CA
More Information: Register here, see more about the conference

The 2018 Animal Liberation Conference, co-hosted by Direct Action Everywhere and The Save Movement, is planned to be the largest grassroots animal rights conference in U.S. history. Registration is currently $75 (not refundable), which includes a week’s worth of programming, tons of free food and swag, a t-shirt, and more! Sponsorship is available and children 12 and under are free.

8th Annual National Animal Rights Day (NARD8) – Celebrated Nationwide

Date: Sunday, June 3, 2018
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.

2018 Animal Rights National Conference

Date: June 28 – July 1, 2018
Place: Los Angeles, CA – Sheraton Gateway Hotel
More Information: See http://arconference.org

The Animal Rights National Conference is designed for people who wish to improve their animal advocacy skills or simply to network with other animal activists. The Conference offers a number of educational and networking opportunities, including; sessions on animal advocacy, organizing, tactics, and issues; nearly 170 presenters from 90 organizations; eyewitness reports on key campaign; 100+ free exhibits; video premieres; newcomer orientation; nightly networking receptions; awards banquet; and post-conference protests on Monday. The Animal Rights National Conference is the largest and longest-running animal rights gathering.

PCRM Food For Life Certification Training

Date: July 11-13, 2018
Place: Washington D.C.
More Information: At PCRM.org / Application Deadline: April 4, 2018

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.

2018 Best Friends National Conference

Date: July 19–21, 2018
Place: Los Angeles, CA
More Information: See Best Friends National Conference

The 2018 Best Friends National Conference will take place July 19-21 in Los Angeles. Join a collaborative, creative community and discover a brighter future for our pets. “Where people, passion and purpose come together to SAVE THEM ALL!”

2nd Annual Compassionfest Vegan Holiday Bazaar

Date: Saturday, July 21, 2018, 10 am – 5 pm
Place: Hamden, CT at the Whitney Avenue Culture Center
More Information: About Compassionafest

About community, equality, kindness and compassion. A vegan winter wonderland experience featuring local animal-friendly food vendors, crafters, workshops, speaker, music, and product providers. Three whole days of inclusiveness, celebrating people, animals, in harmony with the land. $5 Admission fee at door.

Taking Action For Animals

Date: July 20–23, 2018
Place: Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, VA
More Information: Watch for updates at HSUS

The premier national conference for animal advocacy brings together diverse individuals from across the country for a shared goal: to improve the lives of all animals. Participants gain a better understanding of the many issues that animals face in our society and how to help.

2018 Vegetarian Summerfest – Annual Conference of the North American Vegetarian Society

Date:  Details coming soon!
Place: Details coming soon!
More information: See Vegetarian Summerfest

The 44th annual conference features over 60 informative and inspiring speakers and educators. Included are classes, lectures, workshops, discussions, films, entertainment and vegan meals!

Compassion in Action Conference

Date: August 24-26, 2018
Place: Oakland, CA
More Information: Register for the event

The Compassion in Action Conference connects like-minded people and will give you the tools and resources needed to reflect your deepest values every day, and create the compassionate world we all envision — for all animals, both human and non-human. Through lectures, Q&A sessions, and group work, the conference will address such topics as: Powerful Ways to Advocate for Animals, 10 Habits of Highly Effective Advocates, From Personal to Professional Advocacy, The Challenge of Choosing Unconditional Compassion, How to Practice Self-Compassion, The Principles of Living Zero Waste — for the Animals. By the end of the weekend, you will have the tools for living purposefully, boldly, passionately, and compassionately!

World Day for the End of Speciesism

Date: August 25, 2018
Place: All over the world
More Information: See the list of events and 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 2018

Date: September 6-9, 2018
Place: Luxembourg
More Information: More about speakers, programs and registration

The goal of the International Animal Rights Conference 2018 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.

World Day For Farmed Animals 2018

Date: October 2, 2018
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 2018

Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018
Place: Mission Bay Conference Center, San Francisco, CA
More Information: See EXPO

This one-day conference 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.

26th Annual Animal Law Conference

Date: October 12-14, 2018
Place: Chicago, IL, Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
More information: Registration, Agenda, Speakers

The Annual Animal Law Conference is the place to be to learn from top experts in animal law. It gives attorneys, law students, professors, and animal 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. The Animal Law Conference is hosted by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School, and the Lewis & Clark Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapter.

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. Registration opens June 1.

 2018 ALDF Animal Law Bootcamp

Date: TBA
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.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this: