Keith Mann was raised by his parents in Rochdale, Greater Manchester. His mother is supportive of the animal rights activism movement which Keith is part of. He has written a book on his liberation of animals called, “From Dusk ’till Dawn” and gives an inside look and behind the scenes narrative of the liberation movement.
* A rabbit was being kept in an unhealthy living condition in a hutch. Keith repeatedly asked the owner to do something, but he never did. Finally, Keith removed the rabbit himself.
* The next removal was from a fairground. Keith took a tub of goldfish, which he then had swimming in his bathtub for weeks. Eventually he found good ponds for them to be released in.
These incidents are what Mann describes as ‘acts of liberation’ and are what started him on his path to be an animal rights campaigner.
Keith Mann came to the public’s attention in 1994 after receiving a 14 year sentence for conspiracy to set a number of meat lorries on fire. This act was being set to demonstrate against the treatment of chickens. On appeal the sentence was reduced to 11 years, but is still one of the longest ever handed down to an animal activist. In 2005, he was believed to be at the top of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF). Mann says there is something riveting about participating with the movement. He enjoys the rush of adrenalin when he faces the unknown; live animals, dead animals, prison, alarms and chases. He has been charged, arrested and sent to jail for acts he says he has not done. While serving his time in jail, Mann refused to eat meat, and therefore had to go without food. Other situations Mann has survived are; being shot at, punched, driven at, chased by men with spades, falling off a building and actually going through the roof. His time with the Animal Liberation Front has had many dangers and a lot of trauma.
Keith Mann’s book, “From Dusk ’till Dawn” is a story of how the Animal Liberation Movement has grown and what it stands for. It is a compelling story with a lot of images that expose a big issue.