Daniel Kirjner later taught us about crossovers between sexism and animal rights in a presentation which both made me cry and laugh so hard that I cried (all in the space of one hour – quite a feat!) whilst opening my eyes to some fascinating (and disturbing) research into how animals and women are viewed in our culture. You must watch his talk, which I hope will be uploaded soon to the YouTube channel (I will post a link here when it is available). Bravo, Daniel!
Kim Stallwood, who has been actively involved in animal advocacy for a number of decades, shared his journey from trainee chef and slaughterhouse worker to vegan animal activist in a warm and engaging presentation which you should definitely take the time to watch.
Friend, colleague and inspirational animal activist, Sharon Nuñez from Animal Equality and Last Chance for Animals (LCA), gave a great presentation on campaigning strategies. Given the enormous success of Animal Equality, which was co-founded by Sharon, I would recommend catching this presentation when it is published online. She is an accomplished activist who clearly knows what she is talking about! I will post a link to her presentation as soon as it is available.
My final mention, though, has to be for a group whose work stands out for me more than any other; the Palestinian Animal League (PAL). I have had the pleasure of working with friends and colleagues from PAL since last year and am, frankly, in awe of what these incredible people have achieved. Their successes include a hugely successful education programme for young people in the West Bank, ongoing work to develop the framework for legal protection of animals in the current absence of any legislation, community engagement, vegan outreach and a number of other activities. The list of successes is something that any small animal rights group should be extremely proud of; that these activities have been carried out against the backdrop of the ongoing armed conflict in the occupied Palestinian territories is, in my view, truly incredible. They have my absolute support and I am looking forward to continuing to work with them in the coming years as the plans and ideas that we have been discussing over the last week come into fruition. I hope that you will support them too.
Country report from Palestinian Animal League (PAL) [starts at around 20 minutes into video clip]