From July 27-30, 2012, animal advocates from around the nation will come together in Washington, D.C., to sharpen their skills and knowledge at our Taking Action for Animals (TAFA) conference. This is one of the best training and teaching conferences offered in our movement, and it is The HSUS that puts on the show. At this dynamic and lively event, you can meet like-minded advocates, hear from leaders and specialists in our movement, and make your voices heard on Capitol Hill by attending Lobby Day.
Photo: Pete Marovich
This year, TAFA will feature leading advocates from The HSUS as well as luminaries including author/activist Kathy Freston, Jane Velez-Mitchell of CNN Headline News, and Congressman Sam Farr of California―and entertainment by musician Nellie McKay. You can choose from a great variety of workshops with important, practical, and timely information on topics like animal testing, farm animal protection, dog chaining, media outreach, horse welfare, wildlife protection, and international animal cruelty issues. Register online for all or part of the conference here, and find more details about the location and schedule.
On Monday, July 30, please join us on Capitol Hill for Lobby Day in partnership with the ASPCA―an opportunity to meet federal lawmakers or their staff to let them know how important animal issues are to you. You’ll learn advocacy skills you can later apply at your local or state level. You can lobby on issues related to horse slaughter, chimps in invasive experiments, animal fighting, banning battery cages, and more.
To save money at TAFA (and reduce your carbon footprint), you might also consider using SpaceShare to share a hotel room, carpool, share a taxi, or connect with others on a flight. Sharing a room can cut your hotel bill in half, and traveling together is a great way for advocates to start networking.
Thanks to our sponsors Big Cat Rescue, Animal Farm Foundation, ASPCA, and E – The Environmental Magazine for making this event possible. And if you can’t make it to D.C. this summer, check out our list of 55 ways to help animals in your community.