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Auditorium

PEOPLE'S VEGAN ACTIVISTS SUMMIT - AUDITORIUM (SUNDAY ONLY)

A selection of keynote speakers presenting on vegan activism and outreach

Taking place in the Main Auditorium - floor plan here

Sponsored by Lifefood


SUNDAY

11:00-12:00 - Prof. Gary L. Francione - Introduction to the Abolitionist Approach to Animal Rights (keynote)

12:00-1:00 - Dr. Melanie Joy - Understanding the Psychology of Eating Animals for Effective Vegan Advocacy

1:00-2:00 - Prof. Gary L. Francione - The Problems with Welfare Reform Campaigns and Single-Issue Campaigns, and Veganism as a Moral Imperative (keynote)

2:00-3:00 - Tobias Leenaert Making Compassion easier: a strategy to achieve vegan critical mass

3:00-4:00 - 

4:15-5:15 - The Big Debate - Single-Issue Campaigns: Taking the Movement Forwards - or Backwards?

 

DESCRIPTIONS

11:00 - Prof. Gary L. Francione - Introduction to the Abolitionist Approach to Animal Rights

The Abolitionist Approach to Animal Rights is based on the right of all sentient beings not to used exclusively as resources for others. This approach regards veganism as a moral imperative and rejects welfare reform and single-issue campaigns as problematic both on moral and practical grounds. The Abolitionist Approach sees human rights and nonhuman rights as inextricably intertwined and promotes nonviolence.  

www.abolitionistapproach.com

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12:00 - Dr. Melanie Joy - Understanding the Psychology of Eating Animals for Effective Vegan Advocacy

In this presentation, social psychologist Dr. Melanie Joy explains how carnism (the invisible belief system conditions people to eat animals) shapes the mentality of meat eaters. Dr. Joy then explains how vegans can apply their understanding of carnism to communicate more effectively with non­vegans, advocate more strategically, feel more grounded in and better able to articulate their own choices, and feel more empowered living in a dominant carnistic culture. 

http://www.carnism.org

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1:00 - Prof. Gary L. Francione - The Problems with Welfare Reform Campaigns and Single-Issue Campaigns, and Veganism as a Moral Imperative

This presentation will focus more in depth on why welfare reform campaigns and single-issue campaigns are morally flawed and counterproductive. It will also discuss why animal advocates should engage in creative, non-violent vegan advocacy in order to shift the paradigm away from animals as property and toward animals as moral persons.

www.abolitionistapproach.com

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2:00 - 3:00 - Tobias Leenaert - Making Compassion easier: a strategy to achieve vegan critical mass

Working to bring about change for animals, our main imperative is to be as effective as possible. Effectiveness is about being smart, about vision, about strategy, not just doing what we feel good about, or what we hope works. The classic approach to changing the world, both within organisations and for individuals, is still: informing people about all the horrible things that happen, and then hope that they will change their behaviour. This is an important aspect of creating change, but it is by far not all. We need to also think about convenience, about communication style, about how to reach people in power, about the best ways to reach the most people with the least input, etc.

 

In this talk, Tobias Leenaert explains what he believes is the fastest way to achieve vegan critical mass.

www.tobiasleenaert.be

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4:15-5:15 - The Big Debate - Single-Issue Campaigns: Taking the Movement Forwards - or Backwards?

Single-Issue Campaigns tend to focus on one area and also often with one animal and sometimes one nation involved. Examples of campaigns against the fur trade, against foie gras, and against dog festivals, have seen high-profile media attention and celebrity support. But have they also fuelled xenophobia, speciesism, and in some cases racism and sexism? And do single-issue campaigns really help people go vegan? These are some of the issues that we'll be looking at during this debate.

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