Our guest tonight is RUSS MEAD, Esq., the Vice President & General Counsel of Animal Law Coalition, a 501(c)4 that lobbies for legislation in support of animal welfare. It's mission is to advocate for animals to live free of cruelty and neglect. Russ’ legislative advocacy work includes grass roots organizing, lobbying, and media promotion.
Russ has served as General Counsel for two of the nations leading non-profit animal sanctuaries: Best Friends Animal Society, the largest no kill companion animal sanctuary in the U.S. and Farm Sanctuary, the first farm animal sanctuary in the U.S. At Best Friends, Russ set up the rescue operation compound for hurricane Katrina where 6,000 animals were rescued. He was also in charge of setting up many of large scale animal rescues in animal hoarding cases. His work included rescues from animal hoarders, puppy mills and dog fighting cases, including the Michael Vick case.
Russ is married to Laura Allen, who is also an animal rights attorney and President of Animal Law Coalition. Together they have the Seattle based law firm of Allen & Mead. Russ and Laura balance this law practice with their animal rights and animal welfare work.
This show will be hosted by Debbie Coffey, V.P. and Dir. of Wild Horse Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation.
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