Radical Animal Rights Extremism and Responding to Activist Tactics

Expert Panels to discuss at 2018 Stakeholders Summit

Two expert panels will explore how the animal rights movement is impacting farmers, ranchers and the agriculture industry at the Animal Agriculture Alliance’s 2018 Stakeholders Summit set for May 3-4 at the Renaissance Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Va. Online registration is open through May 1. To register, visit http://animalagalliance.org/summit.  

On the first panel, Jason Roesler, director of public affairs at Fur Commission USA, and Nicole Drumhiller, PhD, program director of intelligence studies at American Military University, will discuss the threat of radical animal rights extremism.

Roesler and Drumhiller conducted a mixed-methods study with members of the North American fur industry to examine the levels of fear and violence which ranchers, wholesalers, retailers and allied industries have faced at their homes and businesses. This panel will talk about the project and its findings, how other agricultural industries can do the same, and how these findings will assist with law enforcement and policy makers.

The second panel will feature Scott Sobel, senior vice president of crisis and litigation communications at Kglobal, Bryan Humphreys, executive vice president at Ohio Pork Council and Jamie Jonker, PhD, vice president of sustainability and scientific affairs at National Milk Producers Federation. The speakers will share lessons learned about responding to activist tactics. Dallas Hockman, vice president of industry relations with National Pork Producers Council, will moderate the panel.

 “The animal agriculture industry is resilient and always evolving, but animal rights extremism is a threat farmers and ranchers constantly face,” said Kay Johnson Smith, Alliance president and CEO. “We are excited to hear from these two panels on how farmers, ranchers and food industry stakeholders can be prepared for animal rights activity and what to do if it comes to their farm, store or company.”

The room block at the Summit hotel is sold out. A room block is available directly across the street at the Marriot Courtyard Arlington Crystal City/Reagan National Airport, 2899 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, Va. Rooms are available for a discounted rate of $229/night. A limited quantity of rooms is available until April 20 or sold out so book soon! Book on the hotel website or call 800-676-3015 and ask for the Animal Agriculture Alliance room block.

Be sure to check the Summit website for the most up-to-date Summit information. You can also follow the hashtags #AAA18 and #ProtectYourRoots for periodic updates about the event. For general questions about the Summit please contact [email protected] or call (703) 562-5160.

Get involved:

Show your support for the Alliance’s outreach efforts by becoming an official Summit sponsor today! For a complete listing of the 2017 Summit sponsors or to see the 2018 sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.animalagalliance.org/summit. For more information, contact Allyson Jones-Brimmer at [email protected].

Thank you to our 2018 Summit sponsors: Watt Global Media, Farm Journal Media, Meatingplace, National Pork Producers Council, American Feed Industry Association, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Pork Board, United Soybean Board, Elanco, Council for Biotechnology Information, DairyMAX/Western Dairy Association, Farm Credit Council, National Turkey Federation, Summit Livestock Facilities, United Egg Producers, Cobb-Vantress Inc., National Biodiesel Board, Protect the Harvest, The Mosaic Company, Agri Beef, American Veal Association, BPI Technology, Inc., Food Industry Environmental Network, Fur Commission USA, Kemin, National Chicken Council, Vivayic, American Farm Bureau Federation, Kglobal, North Carolina Farm Bureau, Eggland’s Best and Brakke Consulting, Inc.

The Alliance also thanks the following members for their continued support of Summit and other Alliance programs: U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, Merck Animal Health, Charleston|Orwig, Diamond V, Zoetis, Alltech, Inc., Aviagen Group, Bayer HealthCare Animal Health, Cargill, Cattle Empire, LLC, Genus PLC – PIC/ABS, Hendrix Genetics, Hy-Line North America LLC, National Turkey Federation, Nutrien, Provimi North America, Inc., Seaboard Foods LLC, Smithfield Hog Production and Iowa Soybean Board.

About the Alliance:
The Animal Agriculture Alliance is an industry-united, nonprofit organization that helps bridge the communication gap between farm and fork. We connect key food industry stakeholders to arm them with responses to emerging issues. We engage food chain influencers and promote consumer choice by helping them better understand modern animal agriculture. We protect by exposing those who threaten our nation’s food security with damaging misinformation.