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Friday 12th March 2010 to Sunday 14th March

National Animal Rights Spring Gathering

12th March 2010


14th March

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/img/arc/argathering.jpgA weekend of networking, workshops, discussions, actions and social activities hosted by the Sumac Centre in Nottingham.

ARC meetings are a great opportunity to meet up with other activists from all over the country, to catch up on the latest news about the current campaigns, and to swap ideas, tactics, skills and information.

The city-wide (and beyond) Day of Action, included Fur Free Nottm, foie gras campaign, KFC, Greyhound Action, the great British Circus and a vegan free food giveaway McDonalds demo.

Stop Press: Following todays campaigning French Living have pledged to discontinue the sale of Foie Gras.

And... thanks the the presence of Nottingham Hunt Saboteurs and many friends, NO FOXES WERE KILLED at by the Grove and Rufford Hunt, on the last day of their season.

Meanwhile ..., residents at Waddington, near Lincoln, have pledged that the Great British Circus will never return.

Also... the planning meeting to held by Nocton Dairy Farms Ltd at Nocton Village Hall, LN4 2BH was cancelled ... co-incidence?. This is in relation to a proposed dairy farm which would be the largest in the UK and would imprison 8,100 cows in sheds over 22 acres. More at

To keep on campaigning see our Animal Campaigners Guide to Nottingham:

The Animal Rights Coalition is an informal network which exists to promote cooperation and to spread information between the various groups and individuals working throughout the UK to stop animal abuse.

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UK Animal Rights Spring Gathering at Sumac, Nottingham
Fri 12th - Sun 14th March
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Provisional Timetable

The draft timetable will also be at the Gathering Facebook Page.
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12:00 -1:00
Discussion and feedback from Crufts stunt (anon)
Placard Printing

1:00 - 2:30
Lunch + welcome meeting

2:30 -3:45
Ethical Veganism & Freeganism Discussion
Abolitionism vs Welfarism - Where to draw the line
Avoiding Burnout

3:45 - 4:15

4:15 -5:30
Hunt Sabotage Workshop (Notts Hunt Sabs)
How to plan a Successful Action (Pat)

5:30 - 6:30
Media & PR (Luke)
Map Reading
Consensus workshop (H+C)

6:30 - 7:30

Live Music + Bar


9:00 - 10:00

9:30 - 10:30
Security Workshop (Chris, Luke, Emma)

10:30 - 11:30
Day Of Action Briefing (Notts AR)

Day of action
(Packed lunch or lunch in town)

5pm - Return to Sumac / Break

5:30 - 7.00
Regional Networking

7pm : Dinner

Bar, Cinema, Open Mic Night


9:00 - 10:00

10:00 - 10:15
Morning Feedback

10:15 - 11:30
Hippy Shit!
A Minority Pastime
Activist Trauma & Support (Vik + Emma)

11:30 - 11:45

11:45 - 1:00
Web + Leaflet Design (Chris S)
Direct Action (Emma?)
Animism and Activism: spiritual methods to empower activism (A Dave)

12.30 - Great British Circus Demo (Early lunch)

1:00 - 2:30

2:30 - 3:45
Legal (emma)
Media & PR 2
Animal First Aid (Dave B + anyone wanting to help)

3:45 - 4:15

4:15 - 5:30
Sexism, racism, Speciesism discussion (somone needs to take)
Recruitment drive (Dave B)
Self Defence (Chris)

5:30 - 6:30
End Of Gathering Meeting (plotting and scheming)

6:30 - 7:30

Pub Quiz, Cinema Tent, Bar


There will also be a few medics/first aiders around during the weekend who are up for doing some skill-shares if some space and time can be found, whether or not it's as an official workshop (Alexis, Emma, Will...)

Food By Veggies + Somthing Fishy

Sabs: Bring you kit : )

Silly cheap printing + banner making facilities throughout the weekend - see Community Print Resources

Sign Up LogoVeggies will be at this event - Sign Up to join our crew.

If you'd like us to bring you any of our foods, literature or campaign goods, some of which are on our online shop please contact us with details

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Whenever possible Veggies feature the publications of the Movement for Compassionate Living, which we print and distribute to promote simple living and vegan self-reliance as a remedy to the exploitation of humans, animals and the Earth.

We also support our nominated charity, Vegfam, Feeding the hungry without exploiting animals. If you can help us with either of these projects at this event, whilst we are busy with Veggies catering, please email

sumac centreThe Sumac Centre is an independent community and social centre in Nottingham, part of the UK Social Centre Network and Radical Routes.

Sumac provides resources, meeting spaces and skills for groups and individuals campaigning for human rights, animal rights, the environment, peace and co-operation world-wide. [wikipedia]

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, the Centre becomes the Forest Fields Social Club (FFCS a.k.a Sumac Bar) from 7.30. The FFSC is a members club, but membership is easy and guests are welcome. For gigs and fundraising benefits, guests can pay at the door and members are invited to make a donation.

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Getting To Sumac

Accessible entrance at back door at 73 Beech Avenue . Full directions:

Postcode: NG7 6HX . Mapping websites: . . (photo)
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