29th-31st JULY 2016
Warsaw, Poland

GOALS

Our goal is to provide a platform for networking, skill-sharing and personal growth for animal rights activists. We believe that education is a lifelong journey and we should both gather the knowledge and share it widely.

The goal of the conference is also to make space for a debate about strategies, visions and paths for the animal rights movement. To encourage the debate, we want to create an atmosphere of unconditional respect towards other participants, speakers and their opinions.

We consider it's important to create a constant  influx of new ideas to our movement so that we are always prepared for the challenges of the complex and rapidly changing world. Therefore we are happy to welcome speakers from outside of the sphere of animal advocacy.

The last but not least of our goals is to foster solidarity with new organizations that are entering the animal rights movement. We want to empower activists from Eastern Europe and all other countries which do not have a long history of animal advocacy. When factory farmers are moving to new countries and markets, we need to ensure that the animal rights movement is moving there as well.

About US


Open Cages is a farm animals protection organization, founded in 2012 in Poland. It started as a small group of motivated activists but now there are twelve local groups in the whole country and hundreds of members and volunteers involved.

There are more and more positive changes for animals in the nations of Western Europe. However, we can't forget that in the interim, factory farming is moving to the East. Animal cruelty knows no borders thus we need to work more internationally.

For these reasons we decided that Open Cages also needs to become an international organization that will bring the horrors of factory farming in the east of Europe to light.


Speakers and program


Conference will take place on 29-31.07.2016 in Warsaw, Poland.
3 day program of CARE - Conference on Animal Rights in Europe will feature over 50 lectures and workshops (⅔ of them in English, ⅓ in Polish), structured in blocks:

  • Successful Campaigns
  • The Psychology of Eating Meat
  • Vegan Campaigning
  • The Politics of Animal Rights
  • Fundraising
  • Psychological hygiene for activists
  • Starting an organization
  • Corporate Outreach
  • Lobbying
  • Effective altruism and animals

Friday

8:30 - 9:30

registration, coffee, breakfast

9:30 - 9:50

Opening / announcements / open microphone

10:00 - 10:45

Dobroslawa Gogłoza (Open Cages, Poland)
Female leadership and the animal rights movement

Robin Guido Loehr (Humboldt
University, Germany)

Why aren't all Philosophers Vegan? The Psychology of Meat Eating

Ewa Niemiec Jak mówić, żeby przekonać do praw zwierząt? Retoryka w wypowiedziach organizacji broniących praw zwierząt


Małgorzata Szadkowska, CIWF Polska (Compassion in World Farming)
Czy kura może cierpieć? Czyli jak międzynarodowa organizacja zmieniła polskie prawo dotyczące zwierząt

10:50 - 11:35

Gabriele Vaitkevičiūtė (Open Cages, Lithuania)
Lessons learned: what creating an
organization can teach you

Francesca Porta (Eurogroup for Animals, Belgium)

11:35 - 12:00

Coffee break

12:00 - 12:45

Mahi Klosterhalfen (Albert Schweitzer Stiftung, Germany)
From 4,000 to 1,000,000 Euros
- what I learned building the Albert Schweitzer Foundation

Ludmila Loginovskaya (Ecoetika, Belarus)
Promotion of environmental ethics
and bioethics in Belarus

Ilona Rabizo i Jarosław Urbański

Fordyzm i masowy chów zwierząt

12:50 - 13:35

Claudio Pomo (Essere Animali, Italy)
The ideas and actions behind
a successful organization

Adriana Mica (University of Warsaw, Poland/Romania)
Permanent Failure, Successful Failure
and Fracasomania: Solving the Problem of Stray Dogs in Romania

13:35 - 15:00

Lunch

15:00 - 15:55

Kim Stallwood (UK)
Animal Rights: Moral Crusade
or Social Movement?

Camilla Björkbom (Djurens Ratt, Sweden)
Animal advocacy in social media and
how to succeed

Maciej Piotrowski
Relacje z mediami dla opornych,
czyli dlaczego dziennikarz cię nie lubi

16:00 - 17:30

Martin Balluch (VGT, Austria)
Pushing On: Pragmatic Advances for the Animal Rights

Saturday

8:30 - 9:30

registration, coffee, breakfast

9:30 - 9:50

Opening / announcements / open microphone

10:00 - 10:45

Nicola o’Brien (CAPS, UK)
"Dirty cash" - why we need to embrace fundraising in the animal rights movement


(9:40 - 10:40) Hanna Mamzer (Poznan University, Poland)
Making impact by your speech - interactive lecture including workshop elements

Damian Miszczyński

Starożytne korzenie wegetarianizmu i idei praw zwierząt


Dariusz Gzyra
Pragmatyczny abolicjonizm

Tomasz Herok

Czy abolicjonizm prowadzi do abolicji

10:50 - 11:35

Marek Vorsilka (Obraz, Czech)
Lobbying for a fur farm ban in the Czech Republic

Hanna Tereshkova (Animal Justice, Ukraine)
Animal protection in Ukraine, current
situation, main features and problems

11:35 - 12:00

Coffee break

12:00 - 12:45

Martin Smrek (Veganske Hody, Slovakia)
Vegan food festival – the tasty road
to effective vegan outreach

Kristo Muurimaa (Oikeutta elaimille, Finland)
Politics & strategies for change

Agnieszka Kowalczyk
Feminizm(y) i krytyczne studia
nad zwierzętami - inspiracje, napięcia, perspektywy współpracy

Justyna Rządeczko
Czym skorupka za młodu nasiąknie… Jak teksty kultury kierowane do dzieci kształtują ich stosunek do zwierząt?
Barbara Błońska
Naziści a prawa zwierząt

12:50 - 13:35

Omri Paz (Vegan Friendly, Israel)
How to bring 15000 people to an animal
right protest with only 5000$

Dinara Ageyeva (VITA, Russia)
The animal rights movement in Russia,
its history and actual projects

13:35 - 15:00

Lunch

15:00 - 15:55

Vic Sjodin (Vegan Outreach, USA)
Leafleting 101: The Art and Science
of Personal Advocacy

Krishna Singh (PETA, Germany)
Animal Rights: Looking beyond one‘s plate

Michał Trzęsimiech

Jak czynić najwięcej dobra? Krótka historia efektywnego altruizmu


Marcin Kowrygo
Efektywny altruizm prozwierzęcy z perspektywy neurobiologa

16:00 - 17:30

Tobias Leenaert (Vegan Strategist, Belgium)
Making Compassion Easier: A Strategy for Achieving a Vegan Critical Mass

Sunday

8:30 - 9:30

registration, coffee, breakfast

9:30 - 9:50

Opening / announcements / open microphone

10:00 - 10:45

Izabela Morska (Gdansk University, Poland)

Animals as Characters Demanding Their Rights: From Black Beauty to Watership Down or From Literature to Activism

Gabija Enciūtė (Open Cages, Lithuania)

Concentrated activism: Deep Work vs. Shallow Work

Karolina Gil
O potrzebie edukacji prawniczej
w zakresie humanitarnej ochrony praw zwierząt

Wojciech Jankowski
Początki działalności koła naukowego praw zwierząt na Uniwersytecie Gdańskim i związana z tym problematyka


Ewa Niemiec

Z działalności Koła Naukowego Praw Zwierząt na UWr


Joanna Helios
Edukacja na rzecz zwierząt i ich praw

10:50 - 11:35

Mahi Klosterhalfen (Albert Schweitzer Stiftung, Germany) 
How we're getting Germany cage-free and more vegan-friendly

Kristina Mering (Estonia)
Slaughterhouse workers' perspective on meat and animals

11:35 - 12:00

Coffee break

12:00 - 12:45

Di Lamont, Chris Liptrot (The Humane League, USA)
End of Cages: Using Corporate Outreach, Global Strategy, and Coalition Building to Ignite Rapid Change for Farmed Animals

Jared R. Piazza (Lancaster University, UK)

The Meat Motivated Mind: An Obstacle to Clear Moral Thinking about Animals

Joanna Helios

Przemoc wobec zwierząt. Kilka uwag w kontekście ustawy o ochronie zwierząt


Aleksandra Nowak Raport z badań na temat prawnej  świadomości w zakresie ochrony i praw zwierząt

Anna Zientara
Udział organizacji społecznych w postępowaniach o wykroczenia z ustawy o ochronie zwierząt – wybrane problemy

12:50 - 13:35

Felix Hnat, Olivia Ladinig (Vegan Society Austria, Austria)
9% Vegetarians, 1% Vegans and Vegan Cooking Classes in More Than 60 Public School - Achievements in Austria and Learnings from 15 Years of Activism

Tereza Vandrovcová (Otevri Oci, Czech)
Animal Studies: how to bring activism
into academia

13:35 - 15:00

Lunch

15:00 - 16:00

Ria Rehberg (Animal Equality, Germany)
Maximizing our impact: Tools 
and strategies that can change the world for animals

Aaron Ross (The Humane League, USA)
Pressure Campaigns: How to defeat the largest corporations on Earth in the battle for animal rights.

Urszula Zarosa

Jak z perspektywy prawa możemy dziś działać skutecznie na rzecz zwierząt laboratoryjnych


Agnieszka Gruszczyńska
Idea XXI-wiecznego ogrodu zoologicznego w dokumentach międzynarodowych i prawie UE



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Kati Radloff

Germany


Kati Radloff is a freelance consultant for public funds (Loose Frog Consulting, Berlin), to supporting exclusively animal rights and veggie organisations in their acquisition of public funds. She is certified Manager for Public Funds by the emcra GmbH and has been working with VEBU in Germany for four years. She has successfully applied for project funds in the European ERASMUS+ (adult education and youth) as well as ESF and EFRE, which are very worthwhile for regional projects. It's her declared objective to make the quite complex funding opportunities transparent for everyone and support application submission professionally.

Tereza Vandrovcova

Czech Republic


Tereza Vandrovcova is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Her book “Animal as an Experimental Object: a Sociological Reflection” (in Czech) has been published in 2011. She teaches Animal Studies at the Charles University, Masaryk University and University of New York in Prague (UNYP), and Social Psychology at UNYP. She is a co-founder of Česká veganská společnost ("Czech Vegan Society"), an animal rights activist in the group Otevři oči ("Open your Eyes") and an author of the online vegan guide Soucitne.cz ("with Compassion")

Hanna Tereshko

Ukraine


Hanna Tereshko is a young Ukrainian law professional, master of law, founder of the NGO Animal Justice Ukraine, first Ukrainian organization of lawyers defending animal rights.
During 5 years of professional experience in law she has been related to the judiciary and state executive service, has been representative of individuals and entities on various legal issues in administrative and commercial courts of all instances, more than 2,5 years totally has worked as an assistant attorney. Currently, she is a legal advisor of international UK company representative office in Ukraine.
Her civil activity includes volunteer activity as lawyer of “Legal Hundreds” - online community of young lawyers, who provide free legal help for participants of anti-terrorist operation on the East of Ukraine, providing legal help at psychological trauma rehabilitation Center at “Kyiv-Mohyla academy”, as well as animal protection activity.
Anna started an animal protection fairly recently, about a year ago, but well-versed in the legal and practical aspects. Currently, she is focused on the ambitious goal - to completely eradicate the problem of stray animals in Ukraine by humanly methods, this program is being written now.

Felix Hnat

Austria


Felix Hnat is an activist for animals for about 15 years now. Based in Vienna he is President of the Vegan Society Austria and Vice-President of the European Vegetarian Union. From street protests to civil disobedience to vegan campaigning he experienced all forms of activism. Currently he is focusing on further increasing the number of Vegetarians (already 10%) and Vegans (1%) in Austria with his team of employess and activists at Vegan Society Austrian.

Martin Smrek

Slovakia


Martin Smrek is a founder of the leading vegan outreach organization in Slovakia, OZ VEGÁNSKE HODY, and a coordinator of one of the biggest vegan food festivals in CEE region – Vegánske hody Bratislava. He's also regularly acting as a vegan chef in a major morning live TV show and in the meantime he's finishing his PhD. in social work.

Kim Stallwood


Animal Rights Consultant and Independent Scholar
Author, ‘GROWL. Life Lessons, Hard Truths, and Bold Strategies from an Animal Advocate’ with a Foreword by Brian May (Lantern Books)
Forty years of personal commitment and professional advocacy for a vegan, animal rights world (1976-2016)

Francesca Porta


Francesca Porta is a programme officer at Eurogroup for Animals. After a master degree in Philosophy and a master in EU studies, she started working in the Animal Welfare unit at the European Commission (DG SANTE). Later on she joined the Animal and Plant Health Unit at EFSA. She has been working at Eurogroup for Animals since February 2016, where she currently works on farm animals.

Dinara Ageyeva

Russia


Dinara Ageyeva is a representant of VITA Animal Rights Center from Russia. She is going to talk about the movement of animal rights in Russia, the history of its development, actual projects and cooperation with neighboring countries.

Adriana Mica

Poland


Adriana Mica is an Assistant Professor of sociology at the University of Warsaw. Her interests concern the unintended consequences of social action, the types of organizational failure in dog population management in Romania, the management of the European refugee crisis in conditions of lack of consensus, and the diffusion of paraformality in the field of short-term loans in Poland. She has published her work in Polish Sociological Review and other journals. She has also (co-)authored several books on these topics.

Ludmila Loginovskaya

Belarus


Ludmila Loginovskaya is a Director of the Center for the Ethical Attitude Towards Nature. Biologist, Master of Education. The holder of international certificates on environmental ethics and bioethics. Co-author of numerous publications in this sphere, including 5 handbooks for teachers, students, pupils and their parents. She lives and works in Minsk, Belarus.

Dobrosława Gogłoza

Poland


Dobrosława Gogłoza is a co-founder and president of Otwarte Klatki/Open Cages, an animal rights organization that focuses on investigations and vegan education. She is also a cofounder and coordinator of theNEAR - Network for Eastern European Animal Rights - an association of organizations with a goal to facilitate the growth of animal rights activism in this area. She frequently speaks at animal rights events in Poland and abroad, consults various organizations on the issues of volunteer management and fundraising, and organizes trainings for activists.

Gabija Enciūtė


Gabija Enciūtė is a co-founder of Tušti narvai, the Lithuanian branch of Open Cages. She has been working with Tušti narvai media strategy since the beginning and is currently involved with outreach projects. After 2 years of work Tušti narvai is the largest and probably the most influential animal rights organization in Lithuania. It produces footage from factory farms and works to make society less dependent on animal products.
Aaron Ross is the Director of Campaigns at The Humane League, leading their international efforts to implement animal protection reforms at the corporate and institutional level. He has been involved with The Humane League since their founding in 2005 and has over a decade of campaigning experience. Over the last few years, Aaron has built and lead The Humane League’s campaigns department which has revolutionized corporate campaigning in the US and abroad. Aaron currently resides outside of Washington DC.

Chris Liptrot


Chris Liptrot is Corporate Relations Manager for The Humane League(THL), an international animal protection group based in the USA. The concentration of THL’s Campaigns Department for the last few years has been eliminating cages from the US egg industry by securing public commitments from major corporations to end their support of cages. In the last two years, THL has garnered over 150 commitments from some of the largest companies in North America and has began to expand its corporate work globally. THL is also responsible for the world’s first ever timeline to eliminate chick culling through their work with the United Egg Producers. Chris’s specialty within the organization is campaign strategy and corporate outreach.

Di Lamont


Di Lamont is the Global Alliance Manager for The Humane League (THL) an international animal protection group based in the USA. Di coordinates the global campaigns work that The Humane League takes on with partner organizations, pressuring some of the largest food corporations to change their policies in ways that benefit animals. She also reviews applications and makes grants to support the international campaign work of our allies.

Gabrielė Vaitkevičiūtė

Lithuania


Gabrielė Vaitkevičiūtė is a president and co-founder of the Lithuanian branch of Open Cages - Tušti narvai. After 2 years of work Tušti narvai is the largest and probably the most influential animal rights organization in the country. It produces footage from factory farms and works to make society less dependant on animal products. Gabrielė mostly manages anti-fur campaign and takes care of day to day operations.

Martin Balluch

Austria


Martin Balluch graduated with a diploma in Mathematics and Astronomy with distinction from the University of Vienna. He then attended the University of Heidelberg, where he composed his dissertation on mathematical physics. Afterwards, he worked at the University of Cambridge at the Institute of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. For twelve years, Martin held positions as a researcher and university assistant at the Universities of Vienna, Heidelberg, and Cambridge, during which time he published 18 scientific papers. From 2000-2005, Martin studied philosophy at the University of Vienna, and graduated with a dissertation on animal rights philosophy, also available in book form. In 1999, Martin founded the Austrian Vegan Society with several others, and is now the Chairman of the Association Against Factory Farms. In recognition of his role in the animal welfare field, he received the Myshkin Ethics Prize at the Theatre de l’Odeon in Paris in 2012.

Jared Piazza

United Kingdom


Jared Piazza is an American-born psychologist who works as a lecturer at Lancaster University in the UK. He earned his PhD at Queen's University Belfast with Dr Jesse Bering at the Institute of Cognition and Culture. His research focuses mainly on issues from moral psychology, particularly questions about the conceptual relationship between harm, injustice, and wrongdoing, the role different emotions play in moral judgment, the fundamental dimensions of social cognition, the role religion plays in shaping people's moral decisions and the way people think about the moral standing of animals.

Reyhane Arslan

Turkey


Reyhane Arslan is the lecturer at Uludag University, Turkey. She studies biology and zoology. She received Master of Sciences degree in zoology department and is currently doing her PhD at the Faculty of Art and Science. Her research focuses on feeding biology, social behaviors of animals and similarities between animals and humans. She is personally interested in animals rights and veganism.

Vic Sjodin


Vic Sjodin is the Director of Outreach for the group Vegan Outreach. Victor has travelled to over 500 universities around the world with volunteers to promote veganism, personally handing out booklets to more than 850,000 students. He also started leafletting programs in several countries such as Mexico and India. Vic has spoken at numerous conferences and universities about both veganism and spreading the message via leafletting and one on one interactions.

Camilla Björkbom

Sweden


Camilla Björkbom is the President of Djurens Rätt (Animal Rights Sweden). She has been committed to animal advocacy for over 20 years, working with outreach, campaigns, public relations and political lobbying. With its 40 000 members, Djurens Rätt is the leading animal rights organization in Sweden focusing on ending factory farming, fur farming and animal experiments as well as promoting veganism.

Kristo Muurimaa


Kristo Muurimaa works as a mid-level manager and office worker with Oikeutta eläimille, Finland. His main achievements include multiplying the sales of vegan donuts in his home town and raising the demand for vegan crisps and energy drinks in gas stations around the country. Kristo is currently working on how to combine being a general loser and a reasonably effective activist.

Mahi Klosterhalfen

Germany


Mahi Klosterhalfen has been an animal advocate since his time as a university student, when he launched the “Cage-Free Cafeterias” initiative. He follows the international animal rights and welfare movements and aims to implement particularly promising approaches in Germany. Mahi has been the director of the Albert Schweitzer Foundation since 2008. His influencers include Mahatma Gandhi and Henry Spira. In addition, Mahi volunteers his time on the board of Compassion in World Farming and at the "Fincke Foundation - Animals Have Rights As Well”.

Tobias Leenaert

Belgium


Tobias Leenaert is the founder of the Belgian non profit vegetarian organisation EVA, which in 2005 was probably the first vegetarian organisation in the world to receive significant structural support from its national government. In 2010, Tobias was elected as a Fellow of Ashoka, an international organisation supporting high impact social entrepreneurs. Tobias blogs at www.veganstrategist.org, is a regular international speaker, and together with Dr. Melanie Joy is co-founder and co-director of the Center for Effective Vegan Advocacy. He’s also working on a book on strategy and communication to reduce animal suffering, which will be published by Lantern Press end of 2016.

Claudio Pomo

Italy


Claudio Pomo - an activist since the end of the 90's, Claudio has been part of many campaigns and projects in Italy. In 2002 he co-founded the campaign that forced to close Morini beagle breeders, suppliers of Italian labs since 30 years. The campaign ended with the farm giving 375 dogs and about 700 rodents to an animal rights shelter. He was then also part of AIP anti-fur network, a campaign that made quite a few fashion companies fur-free. In 2010 co-founded the campaign against Green Hill beagle breeders, which successfully mobilized a whole country and closed the farm ending up with 2.700 beagles rescued. Claudio is now campaign manager at Essere Animali, a young but fastly growing national organization he co-founded. With a lot of efforts put into investigations, media work, campaigns and information projects Essere Animali has rapidly become one of the most influential organizations in Italy.

Omri Paz

Israel


Omri Paz is 33 years old, vegan for four years, and a law student at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Four years ago Omri founded the non-profit org., Vegan-Friendly whose goal is to advance the vegan life-style in Israel and increase the awareness of animal welfare as fast as possible.Besides it's many activism projects, Vegan-Friendly works to add vegan dishes and menus to restaurants throughout the country and gives Vegan-Friendly "Vegan Seal of Approval" to vegan products. The organization produces large vegan events attended by thousands such as Vegan-Fest the largest 100% vegan festival in the world. Last year Vegan-Friendly organized together with other animal-welfare orgs "The Animal Rights March" which brought 15,000 participants.

Ria Rehberg

Germany


Ria Rehberg studied intercultural communications at the Complutense University of Madrid and the University of Ratisbona. She has been an animal rights activist for several years and is co-directing the work of Animal Equality in Germany. Animal Equality strives to be as effective as possible in the struggle for long-term social change and prioritizes the impact and efficiency of their work. The organization has been awarded with being a “Top Charity” by Animal Charity Evaluators for the last two consecutive years. The German group has conducted several investigations into the animal industry, including duck farms, organic egg farms and welfare labels of the pig industry. Through vegan outreach, media work and social media and online outreach Animal Equality engages several million people on a daily basis.

Nicola O’Brien

United Kingdom


Nicola O’Brien is a campaigner, fundraiser and long term animal advocate who has worked in a number of small to medium animal protection and conservation organisations. Working in small charities who often struggle to affectively fundraise alongside delivering their crucial animal protection work, Nicola has developed a specific interest in fundraising for small organisations, aiming to help those who cannot usually afford to pay consultants or full time fundraising roles. Nicola is currently Campaigns Director at the Captive Animals' Protection Society – CAPS, as well as working freelance for The Black Fish UK and a local animal shelter. Nicola also sits on the board of trustees for the Palestinian Animal League Solidarity, a charity which supports the efforts of the Palestinian Animal League.

Kristina Mering

Estonia


Kristina Mering has been active in animal rights organizations in Estonia since 2006. She studies sociology in Tallinn University and focuses on sociological and critical animal studies with the aim to contribute to animal rights activism from a sociological perspective. Her latest research project studied the construction of attitudes towards animals based on the example of the Estonian fur industry where she conducted interviews with representatives of the industry. She is one of the founding members of Animal Advocacy Organization Loomus.

Olivia Ladinig

Austria


Olivia Ladinig is a cognitive psychologist with 10 years of experience in academic resarch and now acts as the program director at the Vegan Society Austria.

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