Shannon Keith grew up in Los Angeles, California with a house full of animals and family roots in entertainment.
since she was a small child, Shannon was always rescuing injured and
homeless animals and nursing them back to health or finding loving homes
So, it came as no surprise that Shannon decided to become an animal rights lawyer.
are considered property, and Shannon has been striving to change that
while defending animal rights activists in the courtroom, saving dogs
being prosecuted in Los Angeles by getting them off death row, as well
as prosecuting those who abuse animals. In 2000, Shannon obtained the
largest settlement against the City of Los Angeles for the beating death
of a dog by a city employee.
Shannon represents animal rights activists and organizations pro bono. Her clientele include: SHARK (Showing Animals Respect and Kindness), SHAC USA (Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty USA), SEA SHEPHERD CONSERVATION SOCIETY, and others.
Three years ago, Shannon became proactive by infiltrating the media with a strong message about animal liberation and fighting back against the accusations that people who support animals are “terrorists.”
In 2004, Shannon started a non-profit, tax-exempt group called ARME-Animal Rescue, Media & Education.
ARME rescues homeless animals and is focused on stopping the problem at it’s roots, by making educational documentaries that teach people what really happens to animals and about those who risk their lives and freedom to save them.
ARME’s first documentary is called Behind the Mask and premiered in Los Angeles in June 2006. This controversial film will inevitably change many people’s perspectives about our government, about the pharmaceutical industry, and about animal exploitation.
Behind the Mask: The Story of the People Who Risk Everything to Save Animals
Director/Producer: Shannon Keith
Co-Producer: Ramy Hassan
Edited by Sandra Mohr
Produced by: PM Press/Uncaged Films
Released August 2008
DVD Format: NTSC
Package: 7.5 by 5.5
Length: 72 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Subjects: Documentary, Animal Rights
The Animal Liberation Front, comprised of clandestine animal rights
activists, is now labeled the number one domestic terrorist threat by
the FBI. Director Shannon Keith goes Behind the Mask and captures the
hearts and souls of men and women who unveil their individual struggles
for Animal Liberation.
Who are these “animal liberationists” and why do they believe that breaking the law is the best way to help animals? What inspires them to challenge the status quo, fight against all odds, and endure public reproach?
Behind the Mask exposes never-before-seen footage that reveals the extent to which these individuals will go to save the lives of animals.
- Behind the Mask in the Calcutta Telegraph
- Political Media Review on Behind the Mask
- Behind the Mask on Vivisection
- Behind the Mask on Indymedia