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The National Animal Rights Conference in Washington, DC

Great conference!  I'll be teaching yoga in the mornings as well as hosting a few speaker sessions.



The Animal Rights National Conference is the U.S. animal rights movement's annual national conference. It is also the world's largest and longest-running animal rights gathering, hailing back to 1981. It is the only conference open to all points of view on achieving animal liberation.

The conference will be held on June 27-30 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center Hotel, just South of Washington DC. The address is 5000 Seminary Rd, Alexandria, VA 22311.

Why Attend?

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:

  • 100 sessions on animal abuse, organizing, tactics, and issues
  • 85 speakers from 60 organizations
  • Eyewitness reports on key campaigns
  • 90 free exhibits
  • Videos premieres
  • "Newcomer Orientation"
  • Nightly networking receptions
  • Awards Banquet on Saturday evening
  • Closing celebration on Sunday evening
  • Lobbying and other special actions on Monday

How to Register?

Pre-register online or call[masked] at the discounted rate of $140 until May 13th. The rate will then increase to $160 until June 20th. On site registration is $180.

Or stop by as a visitor to browse the Exhibit Hall (free when you check in at the registration desk -- dogs are welcome too!) and attend one free daytime session (Friday-Sunday). You may also attend the post-conference activities for free.

Where to Stay and Eat?

The Hilton Alexandria Mark Center offers a discounted sleeping room rate of only $95 plus tax with single, double, triple, quadruple occupancy. It also provides dog beds, free parking for guests (or $5/day for those not staying at the hotel), and free Metro and airport shuttle.

Visit the AR2013 Message Board to coordinate room shares and more.

Meals & Snacks (all vegan)

Lunch buffet - $14 
Dinner buffet - $17
Saturday Awards Banquet - $30 in advance; $35 on site

Our generous food sponsors provide free morning and evening snacks. Snacks are also available from food vendors in the Exhibit Hall.

How to Get There?

The Hotel is located a couple hundred yards North of the Seminary Rd exit from I-395, just a few miles South of DC. It can be reached conveniently by car or public transportation. The Hotel offers free parking for guests (or $5/day for those not staying at the hotel), and a free shuttle to the Metro and National Airport (DCA).

Visit the travel page and AR2013 message board to coordinate ride shares and more.

How to Save $$$?


Who Are the Organizers?

The national animal rights conferences have been organized since 1981 by the Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) with some breaks between 1987 and 2000, then every year since 2000. They are usually co-sponsored by about a dozen national organizations.

Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit organization working to end the use of animals for food through public education and grassroots activism. We believe in the inherent self-worth of animals, as well as environmental protection and enhanced public health. Find out more


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