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Reflections on AR2011

Wiley, a rescued wolf-dog hybrid met at AR2011.

Wiley, a rescued wolf-dog hybrid met at AR2011.

The Animal Rights National Conference 2011 has now come to an end, and hopefully all participants and attendees agree that it was an enlightening and inspiring event. Personally it was my very first animal protection conference, and I so enjoyed getting to spread the Museum’s message and learn about so many other amazing organizations campaigning to protect non-human creatures.

I learned about the efforts of Shark Shavers, who are working tirelessly to pass AB 376, which would ban the possession of shark fins in the state of California.

I met Christine Dorchak, President of GREY2K USA, an organization devoted to ending the cruel practice of greyhound racing in the United States.

I heard about the mission of the Galapagos Preservation Society, a team dedicated not only to protecting the unique wildlife of the Galapagos Islands, but also to finding humane solutions to quelling the stray dog and cat populations which threaten the Islands’ delicate ecosystem.

I even met Gene Baur, President and Co-Founder of Farm Sanctuary, the world-renowned group which rescues cows, poultry, pigs, sheep, and other farm animals and allows them to live out their natural lives on their beautiful 175-acre sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY.

Overall AR2011 was a thrilling, surprising, and invigorating journey into the world of the modern animal protection movement. I hope everyone who stopped by the Museum’s table was similarly excited to learn about what we are doing to preserve the history of this movement, and to highlight the many facets of the human-animal bond. It was a distinct pleasure to meet each and every one of you who stopped by and chatted with us!

Did you attend AR2011? What were your favorite exhibitors, speakers or panels? Give a plug to your group!


2 responses to “Reflections on AR2011

  1. Christine Dorchak July 26, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Hi Caroline,

    It was an honor meeting you, too! I hope to send you some interesting material about greyhound racing — and the fight to stop it — very soon.

    Best regards,
    Christine Dorchak, Esq.

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