Laila Kassam

Laila Kassam

Co-founder of the Veterinary Vegan Network, Ethical Globe and Animal Think Tank

Laila has been involved in social change for most of her career. She has worked in the international development sector since 2003, conducting research on poverty and food security for rural development projects in the Global South. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and by international organisations including the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAO). Laila has an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and a PhD in Development Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She is a co-founder of the Veterinary Vegan Network, Ethical Globe and Animal Think Tank. She is currently co-editing a book for Academic Press entitled ‘Rethinking Food and Agriculture: New Ways Forward’.

Saturday
1:00

How can we build a powerful mass movement for animal justice?

This talk is for people who want to think big and get inspired. Drawn from cutting-edge research on mass movements and civil disobedience, this talk will introduce some key concepts, principles and strategies for building a powerful mass movement that can achieve transformative change for other animals.

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Sunday
2:00

Why the Infighting?

Why are we fighting each other? We all want Animal Liberation, so why aren’t we united? We will look at some potential root causes to the disagreements, which once understood, can help us understand one another, become allies, and build a more powerful movement. Some of these issues are unique to the Animal Justice movement, while some have been experienced by other movements of the past from which we can learn. Understanding the ‘Ecology of Social Movements’, and our role in them, can help us build a more powerful movement together. This session will include an extended Q&A with the panel on the topic of infighting.

Movement Building full timetable