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Code of Conduct and Anti-Harassment Policy and Procedures

Asia Farm Animal Day, 2023

Organized by Asia for Animals Coalition and the Animal & Vegan Advocacy (AVA) Summit

 

Expectations

 

At the Asia for Animals Coalition and the AVA Summit, we do not engage in harassment of any kind, including but not limited to harassment based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, appearance, religion, immigration status, pregnancy, marital or familial status, military or veteran status, and apparel or food choices. Harassment includes but is not limited to: hostile or denigrating written, verbal, or physical conduct; stalking; verbal or physical intimidation; physical assault and/or battery; harassing or non-consensual photography or recording; disruption of talks or other events; shaming or ridicule; bathroom policing; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome physical attention. No policy can fully describe all forms of harassment.

 

If a participant is reported or found to have engaged in harassing, threatening, inappropriate, or unsafe behavior, the Asia for Animals Coalition and the AVA Summit retain the right to take any actions reasonable or necessary to keep the event a safe and welcoming environment for all participants. This includes, but is not limited to, the expulsion of participant(s) without a refund.

 

We recognize that some topics and issues covered at this event may, by their nature, include exposure to controversial, provocative, and challenging ideas. Therefore, harassment generally does not include respectful disagreement or good-faith criticism. However, to the extent that discourse distracts from the content or rises to the level of harassment described in the paragraphs above, it will not be tolerated.

 

This policy extends to all event participants, including sponsors, vendors, independent contractors, event attendees, presenters, speakers, and workshop participants.

 

Our events often include volunteers, staff, and organization leaders. Leaders should be particularly aware of the power dynamics that may exist between themselves and other participants and should take special care to be mindful of this, so everyone is treated respectfully. Leaders are encouraged to maintain their interactions in the spirit of mentorship if a volunteer or staff member approaches or agrees to socialize with leaders.

 

We reserve the right to revoke, without refund, registration of any attendee or participant not in compliance with this policy; the right to remove from an event, seminar, or workshop anyone not in compliance with this policy; the right to revoke a speaker invitation; the right to cancel a contract with a sponsor, vendor or contractor that is not in compliance with this policy; as well as the right to ban participation in any future Asia for Animals Coalition and AVA Summit events.

 

Any sponsor, vendor, independent contractor, speaker, attendee, or anyone affiliated with our event who believes they have witnessed or been subjected to harassment or discrimination should report it immediately to a member of the Asia for Animals Coalition’s or the AVA Summit’s leadership team in-person or by email at coordinator@asiaforanimals.com.

 

Legal

 

Please view the Harassment Investigation Policy & Procedure

 

This policy should not be construed as creating any duty, obligation, or liability on the part of the Asia for Animals Coalition or the AVA Summit. Instead, it is solely intended to inform all participants and attendees of our expectations that their behavior complies with this policy.

 

Photos & Video

 

By registering to attend, you agree that the Asia for Animals Coalition and the AVA Summit have the right to use any photographs and video taken at the event. We may use these in publications or other produced media materials, including but not limited to: social media, brochures, websites, promotion of future events, etc.

 

If you do not consent to have your image recorded for distribution, please inform event organizers before the event at events@asiaforanimals.com

 

This document will be updated as needed to reflect current circumstances. Last updated April 27, 2023.

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