Free Bryan: ALL CHARGES AGAINST BRYAN MONELL WERE DROPPED ON APRIL 11TH, 2011!
ALL CHARGES AGAINST BRYAN MONELL WERE DROPPED ON APRIL 11TH, 2011!
On July 28th, 2010, animal activist Bryan Monell was arrested at a circus demo in Anaheim CA, as he innocently and peacefully protested the circus. During the arrest Bryan sustained major injuries to his neck that sent him to the hospital and required medical care.
His case in ongoing so details will not be posted to protect the security of his legal case. What is public information is that Bryan is currently out of jail on a $5,000 bail. Bryan potentially faces years in prison. He is loved by his friends, has the support of every activist who did see what happened that day, and is an asset to this movement.
Bryan’s legal fees are mounting and will continue to grow. His only hope is a solid defense. Please support Bryan Monell in this time of need.
ALL CHARGES AGAINST BRYAN MONELL WERE DROPPED ON APRIL 11TH, 2011!
***Bryan’s trial will begin on Monday April 11th with jury selection. Supporters should not come on this day but should plan to come when the trail starts. Depending on when the jury has been chosen, the trial will begin on either Tuesday, April 12th or Wednesday April 13th at 8:30 am at the Superior Court of Orange County: North Justice Center, located at 1275 North Berkeley Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92832. The trial should last 2-3 days.
It is important that Bryan have as many supporters as possible on these days, in particular the first day of the trial, so mark your calendars. Please come and dress appropriately for court or wear a Free Bryan T-shirt (ordering info is at the bottom of this page.
***The motion to dismiss was denied. Bryan’s legal team will present a pitchless motion to get police records regarding the officers involved in this case on January 5th at 8:30 am at the Superior Court of Orange County: North Justice Center, located at 1275 North Berkeley Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92832.
*** Bryan’s Pre-trial hearing is now set for December 15th at 8:30 am at the Superior Court of Orange County: North Justice Center, located at 1275 North Berkeley Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92832
If you can come to this court date, please do. This is an important day as part of the case will be heard and evidence will be introduced.
Please dress appropriately. Either business attire or purchase a Free Bryan shirt (see bottom of page for details).
***The November 23rd hearing is no longer for Bryan’s pre-trial hearing. It will only be to request a continuance.There is no need to come to this hearing.We will post an update as soon as we know the date for the pre-trial hearing.
*** Bryan had a pre-trial hearing on November 2nd. A continuance was granted and a pre-tiral hearing has been set for Nov 23rd at 8:30 am. If you can come to this court date, please do. This is an important day as part of the case will be heard and evidence will be introduced.
*** Bryan appeared before the judge again on October 19th. His Demurrer was denied and the case is now set for pre-trial date of November 2nd. The motion for return of property was granted – so Bryan’s video camera will be returned. Bryan was represented by Jill Ryther, Dave Rutan and lead attorney Shannon Keith. About 25 advocates were in the courtroom as well to show support.
***Bryan appeared before the judge September 15th. He was represented by Jill Ryther, Dave Rutan and lead attorney Shannon Keith. His case has been continued until October 19th at which time a demurrer should be heard. Not only was Bryan well-represented by lawyers, he had approximately 25 activists/supporters in the court room for him as well.
***A complaint filed by the Anaheim Police Department alleges violations on three counts: Section 240. 242 and 148 (a)(1). One count of “willfully and unlawfully and intentionally having the present ability to do so, attempt to commit a violent injury on the person of another”; one count of “willfully and unlawfully and intentionally using force and violence upon the person of another”; and one count of “willfully and unlawfully resist, delay or obstruct a public officer”.
***Bryan’s arraignment is currently scheduled for September 15, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. at the Superior Court of Orange County: North Justice Center, located at:
1275 North Berkeley Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92832
Court support is always welcome. Please dress appropriately. Either business attire or purchase a Free Bryan shirt (see bottom of page for details).
FOOTAGE FROM BRYAN’S UNDERCOVER WORK AT THE CIRCUS
OUR FRIEND BRYAN
“I learned more about animal rights from my childhood best friend and dog Sam than all the AR books (and I’ve read a ton of them).” ~Bryan Monell
Bryan Monell is one of the most committed and determined activists the AR movement has. He has dedicated his adult life to animal rights and other social justice causes by participating in protests, organizing benefits, and speaking to media outlets on the movement’s behalf. One of the most selfless things Bryan has done is to go undercover to capture footage of the heinous cruelty that occurs in animal enterprises.
Risking his personal safety, Bryan has documented animal cruelty in a large number of undercover investigations. The undercover footage he has captured has changed many laws and made many people become vegan. Footage form his investigations is featured in Dealing Dogs, Earthlings, and Meet Your Meat. His amazing undercover work includes:
• several circuses as an elephant groom (footage of these investigations is in the video above)
• as a live hanger at a chicken slaughterhouse;
• undercover at a pig farrowing plant;
• at countless puppy-mills all over the country,
• documenting almost all of the B dealers selling to labs;
• investigated Premarin and horse-slaughter plants in the U.S. and Canada rescued horses from a killer buyer in PA;
• documenting the cruelty to crustaceans as a live crab cooker.
Bryan has attended and/or organized well over 500 demos, including pet stores, circuses, Fur Free Friday, World Week for Laboratory Animal Liberation, lobster, foi gras, rodeo, McDonald’s, KFC, and more. His activism has taken him around the globe, to Mexico, Japan and Greece. He has worked and volunteered at several humane societies around the country, worked as a veterinary technician, worked at two National animal rights groups, as well as on behalf of several grass roots groups in the U.S. and Canada. Bryan was the president of his college animal rights club, and taught ecology courses to children.
Rescuing animals is also a part of Bryan’s work. He rescued harbor seals and elephant seals as a member of the Humboldt Marine Mammal Rescue team. Personally, he has also rescued countless dogs, cats, chickens, fish, turkeys, seals, and sea lions. Bryan was one of the first people in the group allowed to enter St. Bernard’s Parish in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina to rescue animals.
His work and activism is also multi-issue; he was the Director of Recreation for a set of group homes in Oregon for developmentally disabled adults, involved in anti-Iraq War protests and has done jail support for other activists over the years.
Bryan has a voice that speaks eloquently for our movement and on behalf of animals. He has spoken at various City Councils, spoken at the national AR Conference in 2010, testified before the Rhode Island House of Representatives on the circus, and has been interviewed on CBS, ABC, BBC, CBC, and NPR.
Bryan has done so much for animals in his time as an activist and continues to labor selflessly for the cause. Please support Bryan to insure that he can remain free to do what he does best, especially since his work is integral to the freedom of so many others.
You can buy a Free Bryan Shirt to show your support as well. Prices range depending on what type of shirt you choose. Wear yours to show solidarity if you plan on attending any of Bryan’s court dates or support parties. Proceeds from this shirt are minimal, but they will go to Bryan. Thanks to Jenna at NittyGritty for donating her design work.