IPPL is again a Silver Sponsor of the Animal Rights National Conference, an annual bonanza of practical information, inspiring speakers, and networking opportunities for animal rights activists across the country and beyond. The organizers (Farm Animal Rights Movement) note that this conference 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.”

Shirley and Hardy

Shirley and Hardy staff IPPL’s Animal Rights National Conference booth. The meeting is being held in Alexandria, VA, this weekend.


The 2015 conference is being held this weekend, July 30 – August 2, at the Hilton Mark Center, in at 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, Virginia, just outside Washington, DC. Click here for the AR2015 schedule, registration, speaker bios, and information about additional events.

Cheri Brown Thompson Healing Species

A visit to the IPPL AR2015 booth by supporter Cheri Brown Thompson (far left) and friends. Cheri founded Healing Species, a compassion education group based in Orangeburg, South Carolina.


This year, IPPL’s own Shirley McGreal will be delivering the following presentations:

Shirley's AR2015 Leader's Journey-screenshot

Sunday August 2
10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Newcomer Session III/Leaders’ Journeys: Successful leaders explain how they became who they are today (with Gene Baur of Farm Sanctuary, Karen Budkie of Stop Animal Exploitation Now!, and Veda Stram of All-Creatures.org)


Shirley's AR2015 Running a Sanctuary-screenshot

Sunday August 2
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Running a Sanctuary: Financial and zoning issues, animal acceptance and care, and role in public education (with Jenny Brown of Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary and Pattrice Jones of VINE Sanctuary)


In addition, IPPL board member, anthropology professor emerita, and macaque expert Dr. Linda Wolfe will be speaking about the international primate trade and drawing on her decades of experience observing, studying, and helping protect macaque monkeys. Her speaking slot will be:

Linda Wolfe's AR2015 Advocating for our Cousins-screenshot

Sunday August 2
3:45 – 4:45 p.m.
Advocating for Our Closest Cousins: Defining and combating trade and other abuses of primates (with Bob Ingersoll of Mindy’s Memory and Natalie Prosin of the Nonhuman Rights Project)


AR2015 booth with Hardy

You want T-shirts? We’ve got T-shirts!

If you’re in the area, please consider stopping by: the Exhibit Hall is free, so you can always visit our booth to pick up a T-shirt and chat with our staff.

It’s sure to be another exciting weekend!