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Farmed Animal Conference Calls for Food Justice for All

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March 28, 2017



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Farmed Animal Conference 2017 Calls for ‘Food Justice for All’


GRASS VALLEY, Calif. – Registration is now open for the Farmed Animal Conference, a two-day event featuring interactive workshops, educational presentations, and hands-on experience with animals, held June 2-4, 2017.


More than 20 experts representing a broad swath of advocacy and education will each approach the theme “Food Justice for All,” and explore the common ground between community health, fair labor, environmental sustainability, and animal protection. First held in 2015, the conference takes place at Animal Place, California’s oldest and largest farmed animal rescue and sanctuary, at its 600-acre Grass Valley location.


Keynoting the conference is Carol J. Adams, ecofeminist scholar and author of several books including the trailblazing The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory. First published 25 years ago, and now available in nearly a dozen languages worldwide, the book traces patriarchal oppression, objectification, and oppression of both women and animals. Today, a new generation of feminists, activists, artists, and writers are embracing Adams’ interdisciplinary and intersectional work.


Also on the agenda are animal rescuer Marc Ching (Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation), attorney Joyce Tischler (Animal Legal Defense Fund), documentary filmmaker Keegan Kuhn (Cowspiracy and What the Health), Nassim Nobari (Seed the Commons), CSU Northridge professor Linda Alvarez, MIT researcher Ryan Shapiro, musician Tony Kanal (No Doubt), author Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, author pattrice Jones, Animal Place staff, and many more. Organizations participating include A Well Fed World, Coalition of Vegan Activists of Color, Food Not Bombs, Mercy For Animals, and Vegan Outreach.


Topics and talks include:

  • Human & Environmental Exploitation in Fisheries
  • Chicken Care 101
  • Oppression of Activists in the Trump Era
  • Animals, Migrants and Structural Violence in the Factory Farming Industry
  • Community Gardens as part of larger Social Justice


“Now more than ever, we must work together for food justice and a healthy, sustainable future that is not dependent on agribusiness or on exploitation of animals, land, or people,” said Animal Place executive director Kim Sturla. “Unlike nearly every other conference that takes place indoors, this event is held mainly in our barns and pastures, so attendees can be actively engaged, interact with, and learn from more than 250 rescued farmed animals along with our speakers and workshop leaders.”


Adult registration is $125 and includes continental breakfasts. Space is limited due to the format of workshops. For more information or to register visit http://www.farmedanimalconference.org.


About Animal Place

Animal Place, founded in 1989, is one of the oldest and largest animal sanctuaries in the nation, operating a 600-acre sanctuary in Grass Valley, California, a 60-acre animal shelter in Vacaville, California, and an all-vegan market in Berkeley, California. Animal Place’s California animal shelters fill a much-needed niche of farm animal rescue, sanctuary, education, and adoption. Animals arrive from small and large farms, slaughterhouses, research facilities, and neglect or cruelty cases. Nestled between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, its Grass Valley location offers tours, cooking classes, and workshops at the sanctuary as well as volunteer and internship opportunities. In 2010, Animal Place began rescuing animals directly from California egg farms, and since then has saved more than 24,000 hens. At its Vacaville location, these hens, as well as many other animals, are rehabilitated and placed in permanent adoptive homes. Animal Place – named best farm sanctuary in the country by Best in Shelter – is a nonprofit 501c3 organization funded by private donors. For more information, visit www.animalplace.org.