(See earlier post about DPwK here.)
I did not go to DPwK, and in fact scheduled something for that time deliberately so I would not be tempted to go to it, as nothing good could come of my attendance.
I did, however, talk to two people, each of whom had a attended a different one of the two sessions of the Animals & Society Section. They both offered substantially the same report: the presenters split roughly evenly into (1) people doing work that my correspondents regarded as embarrassing and (2) people who looked embarrassed at being stuck on the same panel as these people.
The guy doing the "Oppressed Cows" talk apparently did indeed use finger-quotes whenever he said the word "beef" and started his talk by talking about how he was a convert to the view that meat is murder and would no longer dine with anyone who ate meat. The woman after him--who did a talk about dogpark culture that my correspondent thought was good and interesting--is reported to have started her presentation by looking irritated and saying something like, "Just for the record, I eat meat." I wonder if on the future people whose talks are put on Animals and Society panels but disagree with the ideology of its more strident participants will nibble openly on beef jerky during the sessions as a way of disaffiliating themselves.