United Poultry Concerns’ 6th Annual Conscious Eating Conference brought expert speakers to Berkeley, California to share their ideas about the best food choices we can make for the planet, ourselves, and other animals. Panelists explored the ethics of eating and the effect of agriculture on animals and the planet, and why it matters.
This year, a section of the conference was dedicated to the question, How Does Religion Help or Hinder Animal Liberation? According to Pew research, 84% of the world population, and 78% of the U.S. population, consider themselves religious or have a religious identity. Many animal activists believe that spiritual communities are a “low-hanging fruit” for vegan advocacy, but are they? What do various religions say about our relationship to animals and the natural world? Should we work within these communities or leave religion behind? UPC explored these questions through speakers representing Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Atheism.
UPC has compiled and edited the videos and released them so those who were unable to attend can experience the conference and all the important information that was covered.
United Poultry Concerns was Founded in 1990 by Karen Davis, and with headquarters and a sanctuary in Machipongo, Virginia on the Eastern Shore.