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notes and photos from PETA's "Helping Animals 101" conference in SF #1
by dave id
Monday Feb 14th, 2005 10:35 PM
PETA's "Helping Animals 101" in San Francisco Feb. 5th and 6th, 2005
2005 Schedule:
San Francisco, California: February 5 and 6
Washington, D.C.: March 5 and 6
Tempe, Arizona: April 9 and 10
Chicago, Illinois: May 14 and 15
Toronto, Ontario: July 16 and 17
Miami, Florida: October 22 and 23
Houston, Texas: November 5 and 6

Ingrid Newkirk, started PETA in 1980 with the goals of investigating, publicizing, and ending cruelty to animals (did not attend in person, as she is currently touring in support of "Making Kind Choices: Everyday Ways to Enhance Your Life Through Earth- and Animal-Friendly Living", including Feb 17th appearance in SF
Alex Bury, coordinator for the Helping Animals 101 series
(founded Sparks all-vegan restaurant in Guerneville before joining PETA)
Bruce Friedrich, director of Vegan Outreach for PETA
(wrote an intro to Animal Ingredients
Alka Chandna, campaigns manager for PETA
Dan Shannon, a Vegan Campaign coordinator for PETA
Stephanie Corrigan, PETA’s activist liaison
William Rivas-Rivas, leads PETA’s Hispanic Community Outreach Campaign
Laura Brown, in the Domestic Animal and Wildlife Rescue & Information (DAWRI) Department at PETA
[more info on speakers at]

Awesome packet provided with resource materials also available, many for for free, from PETA's website at
PETA's Animal Times magazine; Vegetarian Starter Kit and "Chew on This" DVD with compelling reasons to go vegetarian; booklet on living cruelty-free; briefs on legislation, handling the media, organizing demos; even a few pages of recipes, and more

Local groups that tabled in partnership with PETA's SF conference...
in dining hall:
Bay Area Vegetarians
Compassionate Cooks
outside of conference room:
Viva! USA
San Francisco Vegetarian Society

Day One, Saturday 2/5:

[Shorthand notes and blurry photos can't begin to capture almost 15 hours of presentations.]

registration & vegan breakfast

Introduction by Stephanie

1. Animal Rights 101 by Dan, with IDA PSAs (In Defense of Animals from Marin -
- animals not being ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment
- read AR "Bible", Animal Liberation, for lengthy discussion of ethics of human use of animals (

2. Friends for Life: Animal Companions by Laura
Everyday Things You Can Do:
- pay/donate to spay and neuter cats and dogs
- volunteer at local shelters, check on their standards, as it's easier to prompt change from the inside. some have attrocious standards such as shooting dogs and/or gassing animals en masse piled into dumpsters (PETA has documented many abuses with undercover videos)
[see problems even in the Bay Area at]
- be prepared in case you run into an injured animal. carry a "rescue kit" with, amongst other things, water bowl, leash, and #s of lcal shelters
- with record of numerous abuses companywide, PetCo boycott until they stop selling animals
- be watchful at all pet stores for abuses and sick animals

3. Veganism in a Nutshell by Bruce
- taking any food causes harm to earth, but with all of the additional environmental harm that comes from meat-based diet (like throwing away many plates of food for every one you eat), no true environmentalist eats meat or dairy.
- US has one of highest intakes of milk and amongst highest rates of osteoperosis (animal protein leaches calcium from bones)
- if you drink milk, you are contributing to veal industry as the two are intertwined
- pus allowable and found in most milk in US today

4. Vegetarianism in the Kitchen by Alka and Alex
- suggested buying just 2 or 3 cookbooks, one being quick and easy-type recipes
- cooking veggie much easier now than even 10-15 years ago with all of the products stocked in mainstream grocery stores all over the country, not just health food stores anymore, as well as abundance of whole foods everywhere for vegetarians
- recommended resources:,,, and

vegan buffet lunch

5. Animals in Entertainment by William
- William started the "Running of the Nudes" in Spain to bring attention to the the cruel uses of bulls in Spain and to offer fun alternative
- elephants need much space to walk or develop problems with feet
- undercover video shown of Ringling Bros head elephant trainer, son of
- many businesses have stopped suporting animal circuses in last 10 years
- see and

6. Clothing: Leather, Fur , and Wool by Dan
- Australia provides something like 30% of world's sheep wool and involves great cruelty in mulesing mutilations without anesthesia
- 85% of fur comes from farms, not trapping, although both cruel. farms use anal and vaginal electrocution to kill without damaging fur.
- leather adds major revenues to dairy industry that likely would not be profitable without it

7. Ingrid Newkirk Address via Video, thanx attendees for work for animals

8. Vivesection by Alka
- total numbers currently unknowable as mice/rat numbers used unreported and they are the clear majority of animals used
- Descartes performed public vivestions in what he claimed was education
- product testing one of main uses of animals yet not required by law: cosmetics, companion animal food (IAMS boycott ongoing,
- charities and taxpayers pay for much of it. avoid charities that sponsor animal testing.
- numerous vivesectors have been reprimanded by peers for pointless and cruel experiments after PETA and other undercover investigations. Columbia University vivesector lost his job.
- some companies like pharmagene ( pioneering non-animal testing methods and ask, "Why go back to animals?"

9. Answering Tough Questions by Bruce and Alka
- review of most commonly asked questions by non-vegetarians, both friendly and hostile, and how to respond in a way that invites further discussion rather than defensively attacking questioner (example: Question: doesn't broccoli feel pain? Answer: broccoli lacks a central nervous system)
- get discussions going at demos, with t-shirts and stickers, etc. be calm and unafraid

Q&A with Conference Speakers

§vegan breakfast
by dave id Monday Feb 14th, 2005 10:35 PM
§Animal Rights 101 by Dan
by dave id Monday Feb 14th, 2005 10:35 PM
§Friends for Life: Animal Companions by Laura
by dave id Monday Feb 14th, 2005 10:35 PM
§Veganism in a Nutshell by Bruce
by dave id Monday Feb 14th, 2005 10:35 PM
§Veganism in a Nutshell by Bruce: What about milk?
by dave id Monday Feb 14th, 2005 10:35 PM
pus?!? yuk!!
§Vegetarianism in the Kitchen by Alka and Alex
by dave id Monday Feb 14th, 2005 10:35 PM
so many good things to eat
§vegan buffet lunch
by dave id Monday Feb 14th, 2005 10:35 PM
excellent tofurkey meal with delicious chocolate pie for desert
§Animals in Entertainment by William
by dave id Monday Feb 14th, 2005 10:35 PM
cruel uses of bulls in Spain
§Animals in Entertainment by William: animal circuses
by dave id Monday Feb 14th, 2005 10:35 PM
go to and you'll never see them the same
§Clothing: Leather, Fur , and Wool by Dan
by dave id Monday Feb 14th, 2005 10:35 PM
wool is far worse than you might think
§Vivesection by Alka
by dave id Monday Feb 14th, 2005 10:35 PM
§Vivesection by Alka: Charities the Help without Hurting
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§Answering Tough Questions by Bruce and Alka
by dave id Monday Feb 14th, 2005 10:35 PM
§Q&A with Conference Speakers
by dave id Monday Feb 14th, 2005 10:35 PM

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