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13–14 April 2024

Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel,


Welcome to the UK Vegan and Animal Rights Conference 2024

Uniting advocates for lasting impact!

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The conference serves as a powerful catalyst for change, bringing together passionate individuals, influencers, and organisations dedicated to shaping a compassionate future.

What to expect

  • Engaging Programs: Be part of thought-provoking discussions, workshops, and panels led by industry experts.

  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with like-minded advocates, organisations, and influencers.

  • Impactful Advocacy: Learn about the latest in veganism, animal rights, and sustainable practices to make a positive impact.


Our Digital VARC Handbook is here! 

We've compiled all of the talk descriptions into one document, along with some other logistical info and FAQs!

We also highly recommend downloading the conference app to stay updated on any changes and receive important notifications!

🎤 Panels


Pitfalls to Power: Animal Rights Leadership


Chaired by: Dilan Fernando (People and Culture Lead, Animal Think Tank).


Panellists: Edie Bowles (Managing Director, Advocates for Animals), 

James Morgan (Executive Director, Vegan Hacktivists), Laura Hellwig (Managing Director, VIVA!), and Robbie Lockie (Founder and CEO, The Freedom Food Alliance).


Gain insights into the hurdles faced by animal rights leaders. Learn from their experiences to enrich your leadership journey.

Using the Law to Help Animals


Chaired by: Laila Kassam (Direction Lead, Animal Think Tank).

Panellists: Edie Bowles (Managing Director, Advocates for Animals), Sam March (Barrister, 9 King's Bench Walk), Dr. Joe Wills (Lecturer in Law, University of Leicester), and Vanessa Johansson (The Animal Law Foundation).


Dive deep into the pressing issues of enforcement, legal status, and the opportunities within the law to champion animal welfare.

From the Front Lines: Perspectives of Longtime Activists

Chaired by: Ben Newman (Animal Rising).

Panellists: Ronnie Lee (Founder, Animal Liberation Front), Tom Harris (The SHAC Justice Project), Amanda Richardson (longtime activist), and Mel Broughton (Founder, SPEAK Campaign).


Dive deep into the journeys of veteran activists who've shaped the movement, sharing invaluable insights and stories from the front lines of animal advocacy. Hear their assessment on where we are as a movement and where opportunities lie.

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