“Animals belong to themselves, not to us. They should not suffer in our systems of food, science, entertainment and fashion. Instead, they should live free of the tyranny we put upon them. But they cannot claim this freedom alone.”
Such begins the description of the Let Live Northwest Animal Rights Conference, scheduled for this upcoming weekend in Portland, Oregon. The conference is for anybody who wants to “live and let live.”
The speaker list is full of animal rights movers and shakers who I’ve been following since I started as a tadpole in this movement. I’m honored to be among the list of speakers (OMG) along with the fabulous Gene Baur.
Among my presentations include one on writing to help animals, and another on farm animal advocacy. If you are at Let Live this weekend, I hope you’ll stop by and say hello. I promise not to bite … unless you happen to be covered in vegan icing.
Not only am I tickled like Elmo to have the opportunity to mingle with awesome animal advocates, and learn how to be a more effective activist through the many workshops I plan on attending, but I'm also tickled because I’M GOING TO PORTLAND! TOMORROW! While I already live in one of the greatest vegan meccas of all time (NYC), Portland is most certainly up there too, and I’m so ready to get my doughnut on!
Needless to say, I am excited about my trip, and I can’t wait for Let Live. Conferences are a wonderful way to mix and mingle with fellow animal advocates, and to just sit back and relax a little while you’re at it. Lucky for us, this is conference season! So in addition to Let Live, also join Farm Sanctuary for our presentations at Taking Action for Animals and the Farm Sanctuary Country Hoe Down.
Now, I really must start practicing my Do Re Mi’s. Oh, did I mention there’s a karaoke night on the evening preceding Let Live? I’m torn between “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Manic Monday.” Perhaps a slice of vegan cheesecake will help me to decide.