Shannon Keith

Shannon Keith

Shannon Keith grew up in Los Angeles, California with a house full of animals and family roots in entertainment.

Ever since she was a small child, Shannon was always rescuing injured and homeless animals and nursing them back to health or finding loving homes for them.

So, it came as no surprise that Shannon decided to become an animal rights lawyer.

Animals 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

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
UPC: 760137478195
DVD Format: NTSC
Language: English
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.

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