What is Helping Animals 101?
Helping Animals 101 is a one-day conference packed with information and advice for people who want to turn their compassion for animals into action. Whether you’re new to the animal protection movement or have been active for decades, this conference is for you!
Who attends these conferences?
People who are interested in learning about animal rights attend Helping Animals 101 conferences. There is always a wide variety of backgrounds and experience. Everyone from the novice to the most experienced activist will learn many new facts about the exploitation of animals and how to help them. It’s a great chance to meet like-minded folks from your area, share views and experiences, and maybe even start your own group.
Will you be holding a conference near me?
We plan to hold Helping Animals 101 conferences in cities across the United States. They will be regional events, drawing participants from several states, and will occur approximately four times a year. There may not be an event in your city or state, so you may need to travel in order to attend—but the conference will be unforgettable. You will never need to feel helpless and despairing about cruelty or suffering again because you will leave the conference with the tools that you need to help animals in your community and throughout the world.
May I bring my children?
We are planning an exciting and fun weekend but not one that young children will be able to sit through comfortably. In order for you and other conference participants to enjoy the conference to the fullest, no children under 14 will be permitted to attend.
Why does PETA charge a $95 registration fee?
While PETA would love to offer Helping Animals 101 for free to all who attend, we are a nonprofit organization and exist solely on donations from people who care about animals. We are able to offer student discounts, “2 for 1” registration specials, and discounted group rates. We want to help people attend the conferences so that as many people as possible can be inspired and motivated to help animals.
In addition to the actual workshop program, for your $95 full-price registration (or $35 if you’re a student), you get all this:
•Two big meals and all the coffee and tea you can drink
•Copies of our best videos to take home
•A folder packed with conference materials and notes
•All the literature you can stuff into your bag
•A goody bag filled with samples of our favorite cruelty-free and vegan products
We charge attendees as little as possible to attend, we don’t charge local grassroots groups to table at the conference (unlike most conferences, where you have to pay anywhere from $50 to $500 to have a table), and we load you up with as much information and materials as we can so that you leave well informed and well stocked.
What time does the conference start?
The conference will begin with breakfast at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning, and we’ll take you through the day with presentations, lunch, and lots of time for questions and answers! For dinner, join PETA staffers at a local vegetarian restaurant—details on the location and times will be announced at the end of the conference. (The registration fee does not include the price of dinner.) On Sunday, you are invited to participate in a demonstration from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. The weekend will come to a close with lunch at a local restaurant with PETA staffers. (The registration fee does not include the price of lunch or any costs for activities on Sunday.)
What will I learn?
• To improve your local animal shelter, stop the exotic “pet” trade, fight for anti-chaining and spay/neuter legislation, and push for prosecution of animal abusers
• To shop cruelty-free—for clothes, shoes, beauty products, and more—no matter where you live
• To start your own group, create effective displays, and make and distribute leaflets
• To write letters to the editor that get printed and read by thousands, make effective phone calls, and answer commonly asked questions about animal issues
• To turn a trip to your local grocery store into a vegan adventure, learn about alternatives to animal ingredients, and discover vegan cookbooks that make eating cruelty-free simple, cost-effective, and delicious
• To employ basic interview techniques that will dazzle the media, craft sound bites, and secure cable TV spots
• To steer clear of health charities that fund cruel experiments on animals and learn how to spot compassionate charities that focus their research where the best hope of treatment lies—with humans