The goal of the Animal Advocacy Conference is to bring together researchers from different fields in the social and behavioral sciences, and animal activists and advocates from around the world.
The Animal Advocacy Conference is the official general meeting of the PHAIR Society and will be held once every two years.
The Conference focuses on the following key topics:
- The psychological, social, and societal factors shaping how we perceive and think about animals, human-animal relations, and animal welfare and rights
- The impact of advocacy and activism strategies related to animal rights, veganism, meat reduction and reduction of other animal products (e.g., dairy, eggs)
- The social and behavioral science of animal cruelty, meat consumption (and other animal-product consumption), vegetarianism/veganism, and speciesism
- The connections and intersections between human-animal relations and human intergroup relations as well as between animal ethics and other social justice domains including environmentalism, feminism, and anti-racism
This conference uniquely bridges the gap between academic researchers and activists/professionals in the field of vegan and animal rights advocacy. It creates a stimulating environment where academics and activists/advocates exchange relevant knowledge, engage in lively debates, share their ideas, and can start collaborations.
The first edition of the Animal Advocacy Conference took place virtually June 30 – July 2, 2021, organized by Kristof Dhont, Victoria Krings, Alina Salmen, and Maria Ioannidou, with the help from members of SHARKLab at the University of Kent.