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Summit centers on animal agriculture and activists facing off

Emily Meredith at the 2013 Animal Ag Summit.The 12th Annual Animal Agriculture Stakeholder’s Summit examines how to deal with activism that threatens the raising of livestock. Their theme is Activists at the Door: Protecting Animals, Farms, Food and Consumer Confidence.

The two-day summit, beginning Wednesday, includes sessions about maintaining transparency when engaging media concerning controversial animal agriculture issues. Addressing the summit is USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Administrator Alfred Almanza, who will speak about the agency’s procedures for handling undercover activist videos.

A panel discussion at the summit Thursday centers on fighting activists in the courtroom. Another looks at the consequences of forging partnerships with environmental and animal rights groups.

The Animal Agriculture Alliance is a coalition of people and organizations in the livestock and meat production business who try to create understanding of animal agriculture’s role in supplying food.

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  • The Agriculture community clearly does not want any filming of the horrid abuse that goes on in the meat and dairy industry, because it’s bad for their profits. They DO NOT care about the abuse of their animals. I hope all of you that abuse animals rot in the same way.

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