keynote speech:

Using Your Legal Expertise to End Animal Exploitation

Shannon Keith, Founder and President

Animal Rescue Media Education

Shannon Keith is an Animal Rights Attorney, based in Los Angeles, California. Shannon has been practicing law for over 14 years, bringing her animal advocacy into the courtroom, initiating change and addressing the issue that animals are still merely considered property in the law.

In 2004, Shannon started the non-profit animal advocacy organization, ARME (Animal Rescue, Media & Education), wherein she made two multi-award winning documentaries, Behind the Mask, about the history and evolution of the animal rights movement, and Skin Trade, an expose on the fur trade.  Both documentaries won critical acclaim across the globe and Skin Trade was used as a vehicle to pass the first anti-fur legislation in the U.S. in West Hollywood, CA on September 21, 2013.

In 2010, Shannon with her non-profit ARME, launched Beagle Freedom Project, a branch of ARME whose mission is to rescue animals from laboratory research, rehabilitate them, place them in loving homes, and advocate to end testing all together.
Since Beagle Freedom Project began, it has rescued nearly 300 animals including Beagles, mixed-breed dogs, cats, pigs, horses, rabbits, a rat and even goldfish from testing facilities in 30 different states and 4 countries.

In 2013, Beagle Freedom Project introduced the Beagle Freedom Bill, which would mandate the release of dogs and cats in tax-payer funded institutions, be released at the conclusion of testing, rather than be killed. In 2014, the bill became law in Minnesota and took effect August 1, 2014. The bill is pending in California, New York, Nevada, Connecticut and New Jersey.