Animal Advocacy Camp and dialogue series

The struggle for animal rights is a complex problem that requires many people to solve. Building a strong community of activists is vitally important if we hope to succeed. 

These dialogue events are an effort to provide a space for people in the local animal rights community to come together to talk, learn, and plan.

Animal Advocacy Camp 


Animal Advocacy Camp 2016 will take place on May 21 and 22, 2016 at the WISE Hall in Vancouver. This year's speakers include Anita Krajnc of Toronto Pig Save, Lauren Ornelas of the Food Empowerment Project, Maneesha Deckha, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Victoria, Anna Pippus with Animal Justice, Jordan Reichert, Mark Hawthorne, Amanda Schemkes, David Nickarz, Josh Harper, and Justin Kay.  Learn more about Animal Advocacy Camp 2016. Tickets are available online.


Animal Advocacy Camp 2014 was held on March 22nd and 23rd at the Croatian Cultural Centre.  About 127 passionate animal activists attended.  Our speakers this year were Jo-Anne McArthur, award-winning photojournalist and star of Ghosts in Our Machine, Sara Dubois of the BC SPCA, Dylan Powell, co-founder of Marineland Animal Defense, #OurScars, and the Live Free Collective, and Lisa Hutcheon, executive director of the Small Animals Rescue Society. More details and photos to follow soon.


Animal Advocacy Camp 2013 was held on February 23rd and 24th.  About 100 compassionate and eager animal advocates came to share their expertise and learn from one another. Speakers this year were Liz Marshall, documentary filmmaker and director of Ghosts in Our Machine, Twyla Francois, Director of Investigations with Mercy for Animals Canada, and Dr. Olivier Berreville, Canadian National Contact for the International Network for Humane Education.  

Download notes from Animal Advocacy Camp 2013.  Check out photos here. Video of Dr. Berreville's presentation can be viewed on Youtube.  Other videos will be posted soon!

Participants looking at agenda and deciding which session to attend.

Participants of Animal Advocacy Camp 2013 choosing a discussion session to attend.



Animal Advocacy Camp 2012 was held on February 25th and 26th.  With about 100 participants, it was a major success!  As in 2010, AAC 2012 was an open space, attendee-led event.  We also had four accomplished speakers to do opening and closing talks each day: Camille Labchuck, law student and activist, Rob Laidlaw of Zoocheck, Lesley Fox of Fur-Bearer Defenders, and Sarah Kramer, cookbook author and vegan celebrity.  

Photos from Animal Advocacy Camp 2012 can be viewed here.  Videos of our opening and closing speakers can be viewed on our Youtube Channel.

Download notes from Animal Advocacy Camp 2012.

Discussion group at AAC 2012

One of many discussion groups at Animal Advocacy Camp 2012.


Animal Advocacy Camp 2010 brought together 80 Vancouver-area activists to answer the question, "How can we be more effective advocates for animals?" The event was an open space, attendee-led event, where topics and discussions were suggested by the attendees rather than following a pre-set agenda. 

Download the notes from Animal Advocacy Camp 2010.

Participants checking out agenda options.

Checking out the agenda at Animal Advocacy Camp 2010. (Photo: Amanda Daniell)


A Powerful Voice Animal Rights Community Dialogue Series

Together we have a powerful voice. These events bring activists together to talk about topics related to animal rights in a smaller and more intimate setting than the Animal Advocacy Camp.

The series began with a discussion about how we can best work together to achieve animal rights. The outcome of this meeting was a list of topics for the upcoming dialogues. 

Download the notes from this event.

The topic of the second event was using fun and entertainment for outreach. Many projects were discussed at this open-space style event, including fundraisers, music, and food events.

The other dialogues were:

  • How can animal rights activists use the internet to create a stronger movement?
  • Educating ourselves: becoming better activists through education and practice

We are discussing whether or not to continue the dialogue series. Did you find it useful? Please email and let us know.