Moby to Headline Farmed Animal Conference E-Summit 2021

Plus premiere of documentary GUNDA by executive producer Joaquin Phoenix 

Musician, songwriter, and DJ Moby will headline Animal Place’s Farmed Animal Conference E-Summit (FACES), held online August 2-8, 2020. The event is free with pre-registration at  

Joining Moby for FACES 2021: The Changemakers are more than 20 leaders – scientists, journalists, filmmakers, activists, authors, CEOs, and more, each presenting their expertise on the most important topic facing activists and vegans: how to make change.  

FACES 2021 includes the following talks and presentations:  

The Business of Kindness 

Phillip Wollen, Philanthropic Humanitarian 

Wooganism and Other Vegan Conspiracy Theories 

Christopher Sebastian, Journalist 

Are They Trying to Kill Us? 

Keegan Kuhn and John Lewis, Filmmakers 

Fixing Our Movement’s Visibility Problem 

Ana Bradley, Executive Director, Sentient Media 

Supporting New Vegans and Vegetarians 

Dr. Jo Anderson, Research Director, Faunalytics 

Chicken Thoughts 

Lori Marino, Neuroscientist 

Anti-Oppression and Animal Rights 

Christopher Soul Eubanks, Community Organizer 

How to Save Bees (and how not to) 

Charlotte De Keyzer, Ecology Scientist, University of Toronto  

Getting the Message Out with Online Activism 

Nina Jackel, Founder and President, Lady Freethinker 

Vegans for Black Lives Matter 

Gwenna Hunter, Founder, Vegans for Black Lives Matter 

The Tao of Persuasion 

Shaun Monson, Filmmaker 

Aquatic Animal Protection 

Kathy Hessler, Professor and Director, Animal Law Clinic, Aquatic Animal Law Initiative, Center for Animal Law Studies, Lewis & Clark Law School 

Undercover Investigations 

Sean Thomas, Director of Investigations, Animal Equality 

Understanding Aquaculture 

Mary Finelli, President, Fish Feel 

The Problem with Pet Food 

Shannon Falconer, CEO and Cofounder, Because, Animals 

The Henmaid’s Tale 

Karen Davis, President, United Poultry Concerns 

The Vegan Big Tent 

Michael C. Dorf and Sherry Colb, Professors, Cornell Law School 

(Click here to download photos of speakers and here for a video to embed.) 

Animal Place’s FACES is co-organized by Plant-Based Network, the first streaming TV channel to focus on plant-based living. All registered attendees will also be invited to Plant-Based Network’s August 1 virtual premiere of GUNDA, the acclaimed documentary by filmmaker Viktor Kossakovsky and executive producer Joaquin Phoenix. GUNDA follows the daily lives of a mother pig, two cows, and a chicken, and offers “a mesmerizing perspective on sentience within animal species, normally – and perhaps purposely – hidden from our view,” Phoenix said.  

FACES will also feature panel discussions on:  

Changemaking plant-based food companies with Miyoko Schinner, CEO and founder, Miyoko’s; Mitchell Scott, CEO and cofounder, The Very Good Food Co.; Nicole Sopko, vice president, Upton’s Naturals; and Christie Lagally        Founder and CEO, Rebellyous Foods.  

Food technology for change with Arturo Elizondo, CEO, Clara Foods; Stephanie Michelsen, cofounder and CEO, Jellatech; Anne Palermo, cofounder and CEO, 

AquaCultured Foods; and Ka Yi Ling, CTO and cofounder, Shiok Meats.  

Winning over pet lovers with Tim Woodward, executive director, Animal Rescue Corps; Todd Stosuy, field services manager, Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter; and Crystal Kozlak, program manager, Animal Place’s Food for Thought program.  

“These experts and leaders are addressing some of the most urgent issues of our time, from the devastating death toll of aquatic animals to building a bigger, more inclusive movement,” said Animal Place program director Kelcie Leach. “Everyone registering for the conference will come away with actionable ideas for making change from these leaders.” 

FACES offers three speakers each day for seven days beginning August 2. All talks are free to stream; if viewers want access to videos following the event, plus perks generously provided by speakers, there will be packages available for a nominal cost. Any profits support Animal Place. Organizations or activists interested in fundraising can also sign up as affiliates.  

FACES is supported by generous sponsors Miyoko’sThe Very Good Butchers (click here for a special gift), A Well-Fed World, and VFC Vegan Fried Chick*n

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About Animal Place 

Animal Place is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that was named America’s best sanctuary for farmed animals by the independent nonprofit Best in Shelter. Animal Place fills a much-needed niche of farm animal rescue, shelter, and advocacy. Animals arrive from small and large farms, slaughterhouses, research facilities, and neglect or cruelty cases. Its sanctuary in Grass Valley, California is a paradise for 400 animals who live there permanently. Animal Place also runs a busy rescue and adoption center in Petaluma, California. In the past ten years, Animal Place has saved more than 28,000 hens from California egg farms, who are rehabilitated and placed in permanent adoptive homes. Other permanent programs include “Food For Thought” encouraging vegan policies in companion animal and wildlife organizations, and “Free For Life,” which offers students raising animals for agricultural projects an alternative to slaughter.  



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