The Animal Agriculture Alliance (Alliance) will host its eighth industry-wide Stakeholders Summit May 12-13, 2009, at the Hotel Monaco in Alexandria, Va.

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This two-day conference, "Politics, Activism and Religion: Influencing the Debate on Animal Welfare in America," will address topics including improved security, proposed legislation, potential ballot initiatives and more from experts in their fields. According to the Alliance, the summit's goal is to build bridges across the food chain to develop solutions that can be implemented to address the challenging issues of animal welfare, the prudent use of antibiotics, environmental concerns and public health.