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Activist Workshop Planned for Davis

Saturday, October 22, 2005
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Event Type:
Lauren Ornelas
Location Details:
Davis Branch Library, 315 E 14th Street, Davis, CA 95616

Everyone is invited to “ACT” for farmed animals

Davis, California, September 30, 2005 – The second in a series of educational seminars sponsored by Animal Place and Viva!USA is coming to Davis. These Activism & Campaign Training (ACT) workshops are designed to help participants understand the treatment of farmed animals and vegetarianism.

The ACT workshop will be on Saturday, October 22, at the Davis Branch Library. Topics of discussion will include a summary of California’s factory farms in the meat, dairy and egg industries; local activism; identifying the regulatory agencies responsible for overseeing factory farms; getting politically involved; participating in campaigns; examining the welfare concerns of the most common farmed animals in California; and much more. The workshops will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m.

“Most people are opposed to the idea of animal suffering but are simply unaware of what takes place on factory farms,” said Lauren Ornelas, director of Davis-based Viva!USA. “These workshops will be a perfect tool to help them find out more and learn how they can get involved!”

In addition to Ornelas, ACT workshop speakers will include Kim Sturla, director of Animal Place; Gene Bauston, president of Farm Sanctuary; Jack Norris, director of Vegan Outreach; and Teri Barnato, director of the Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights.

“Factory farms are bad news for the animals, for communities, for the environment, and for our health,” said Sturla. “It is time for aggressive education outreach to mobilize our state and make positive changes for farmed animals. We think this is the way to do that.”

One additional ACT workshop is planned for this year and will be held in Berkeley on December 3. These California workshops will continue throughout 2006 with cities and dates to be announced.

Davis Branch Library is located at 315 E 14th Street, Davis, CA 95616. There is no charge for this event, though pre-registration is required. Anyone interested in attending can find a registration form at or may call 530-759-8482 for more information.

Animal Place is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit sanctuary for abused and discarded farmed animals located in Vacaville, California. Since 1989, Animal Place has been taking in animals who have been abused or neglected and have no place else to go. Animals rescued from auctions and stockyards and animals used in research also make up the many animals who share 60 acres of forest, meadow, pasture, hills and a small lake, peacefully living out the remainder of their lives. In addition to providing the day-to-day care of animals, Animal Place is an advocacy organization offering farm tours, volunteer training and outreach activities. More information on the sanctuary can be found online at

Viva!USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works for positive change through grassroots activism and campaigns on behalf of animals killed for food. The organization investigates the practices of factory farms to gather evidence of animal cruelty, then structures campaigns around these findings. Youth outreach is a vital part of Viva!USA, and their campaign materials are produced largely for students and young activists. An international animal-protection organization with headquarters in England, Viva!USA is the group’s U.S.-based branch and maintains an office in Davis, California. More information about their work can be found online at
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