The Animal Rights National Conference takes place every other year on the West Coast (It alternates between the East Coast and the West Coast, and for scheduling reasons it hasn't been on the West Coast in 3 years!)
So try to attend if you can, whether for the full conference or just for a day or 2. The exhibits are free and you can attend one daytime session for free if you don't have the funds to go for a full day of 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.
AR2014 will take place July 10-13 at the Westin LAX Hotel located at 5400 West Century Blvd in Los Angeles, CA.
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
100 speakers from 60 organizations
Eyewitness reports on key campaigns
90 free exhibits
Nightly networking receptions
Awards Banquet on Saturday evening
Closing celebration on Sunday evening
Protests on Monday
The Exhibit Hall is free -- simply check in at the registration desk on site and we'll issue you a Visitor's Pass, which also comes with one free daytime session.
Where to Stay?
The Westin LAX Hotel has excellent accommodations including:
Affordable room prices (reserve your room)Bedding and personal care products free of animal ingredients and testing on animals
Complimentary internet access
Delicious vegan food
Free airport shuttle
Highly discounted parking ($5/day, compared to the usual $25 rate)
An outdoor swimming pool and an outdoor terrace for our evening receptions
Dogs (under 40 lbs) are welcome and provided with an outdoor terrace to run around
For details about booking your room at the Westin LAX Hotel, click here.
How to Save $$$?
Earn back the cost of registration by helping on site
Take advantage of our low-income, student, and long-distant travel registration rates
Apply for a full scholarship
Use our Travel Board to coordinate carpools
Use our Lodging Board to share a room or sign up for our $20/night floor space
Enjoy our free morning and evening snacks
Bring your own food & beverages
To find out more, visit our "Ways to Save" page.
Who Are the Organizers?
The Animal Rights National Conferences have been organized since 1981 by Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) with some breaks between 1987 and 2000, then every year since 2000. They are typically co-sponsored by about a dozen national organizations.
Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) is a national non-profit 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 at www.farmusa.org.
Pre-registration for AR2014 is now closed. But we encourage you to join us on site!
The on-site rates are as follows:
Standard Rate / Discounted Rate*
Full Conference $250 / $200
Weekend (any 2 days) $175 / $130
Daily $90 / $70
*Register at the discounted rate if one or more of the following applies to you:
You have an annual income of $20,000 or less
You are a student
You are younger than 18 and older than 65
You will travel more than 400 miles to attend AR2014
Individual session rates are as follows:
Daytime session - $10
Morning Plenary - $15
Evening Plenary - $20
Just walk up to our Registration Desk to join on site! Post-conference activities are free and open to everyone.
Don't want to register for the full event? Stop by for free as a visitor to check out the Exhibit Hall and attend one daytime session. Free exhibits are open July 11 & 12 (Friday & Saturday) 10am - 6pm and July 13 (Sunday) 10am - 5pm. Just stop by the Registration Table to get a free visitor pass.
AR2014 is taking place on the the lower and second levels of the Westin LAX Hotel located at 5400 West Century Blvd in Los Angeles. Parking for AR2014 attendees is $5/day (pick up a parking pass at our Registration Desk).
We hope to see you there! Dogs are welcome too!
We ask that all participants review our Safe Space Policy:
By the act of registering for the Animal Rights 2014 National Conference each conference registrant agrees to act respectfully toward other attendees, speakers and exhibitors, and Conference management.
The Animal Rights National Conference strives to create a "safe space" environment, where all participants feel welcome. We do not tolerate behavior, language, and/or literature that is hurtful to other Conference participants. This includes non-consensual physical contact and remarks putting down a person's race, ethnicity, age, size, appearance, gender, sexual expression or orientation, physical ability, or mental competence. All violations should be reported to the manager on duty (MOD) at the Conference information desk. The MOD will then direct the person to a "quiet room," provide a trained counselor, and/or institute corrective action, which may include removal from the Conference or even arrest.
The Animal Rights National Conference is devoted to advancing the vision that "animals have the right to be free from all forms of human exploitation." The Conference does not welcome advocacy of continued exploitation of animals under improved conditions, sometimes labeled as "humane" or "happy." At the same time, we recognize that sincere and devoted advocates of the animal rights vision may embrace different paths, missions, strategies, and tactics. We view the respectful discussion of these different approaches (except for injury to living beings) as critical to finding our own way to advance the vision of animal rights. Individuals attempting to exclude, disrupt, or silence such discussion may be asked to leave.
Organizers of the Animal Rights National Conference have devoted considerable personal experience, ingenuity, and other resources to craft an effective program designed to bring together the animal rights advocates, while allowing for free expression of a wide variety of views. This is why individuals engaging in disruption of scheduled sessions, holding unauthorized sessions in our function rooms, and/or unauthorized leafleting and posting may be asked to leave. At the same time, our Conference is always a work in progress, and we welcome suggestions for improvements.