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Panel Discussion: Fresh Approaches to Ending Animal Testing

Fresh Approaches to Ending Animal Testing:
A Panel Discussion

Saturday, June 7th
@ National Museum of Animals & Society
4302 Melrose Ave / Los Angeles, CA 90029
2 - 4 pm / Free and open to the public

Historically the anti-vivisection movement has been led by broad-based animal protection organizations that have simultaneously or intermittently campaigned on multiple facets of animal research. Such organizations broke new ground and laid solid foundation upon which the movement has grown. From this foundation new organizations have sprouted that are applying new strategies for solving an old problem. On this panel we will hear from @Cruelty Free International, @The White Coat Waste Movement, and @The Beagle Freedom Project – organizations that have formed in past 5 years and are focused on very specific issues under the broad umbrella of animal testing. Panel includes: Anthony Bellotti founder of the White Coat Waste Movement, Monica Engebretson, North America Campaign Manager for Cruelty Free International and Shannon Keith President of the Beagle Freedom Project. Join us and learn about the goals and strategies of these organization and have the opportunity to pose questions and discuss key challenges and new ideas with the “Fresh Approaches” panel. Light refreshments to follow. Come early or stay a bit afterwards to view the museum's current exhibition "Light in Dark Places: Anti-Vivisection from the Victorian Era to Modern Day."


Shannon Keith is the President & Founder of Beagle Freedom Project, a mission of ARME, a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing animals from laboratory research, placing them in homes, and changing laws toend this archaic practice. Shannon is also an animal rights attorney, having practiced law in California for the past thirteen years, as well as a multi-award winning producer of documentaries such as "Behind the Mask," uncovering the ALF and "Skin Trade," a fur trade expose. Shannon lives in Los Angeles, California with her four dogs, 2 cats and 2 rabbits.

Monica Engebretson is the North American campaign manager for Cruelty Free International which was established by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) as the global campaign to end animal testing for cosmetics and consumer products. For over 15 years, Monica has worked to protect animals from cruelty and exploitation including field work, undercover investigations, lobbying, and media and public education campaigns. She has expertise in several issues including wildlife conflicts, trapping, exotic birds, farmed animals and cosmetics testing on animals. As part of a strategic global effort, Monica leads Cruelty Free International’s U.S. and Canadian campaigns with a range of projects and activities designed to bring an end to animal testing for cosmetics.

Anthony Bellotti is the founder of the White Coat Waste Movement - a new campaign to expose and eliminate the waste, fraud, and abuse in the government’s $12 billion annual taxpayer-funded animal experimentation budget. He is also a co-founding Director of the Humane Research Council. Bellotti has been honored by Campaigns & Elections Magazine as a Republican “Rising Star of Politics.” He served as Executive Director of the American Association of Political Consultants and as Governor Schwarzenegger’s Senior Research Analyst, where he managed opposition research, candidate inoculation, and rapid-response research. He's also worked in a laboratory witnessing the harsh reality of modern animal experimentation.

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