Jake Conroy is a long-time activist, designer, and writer currently residing in Seattle, WA USA. He has helped organize and participated in successful local, regional, national and international pressure campaigns. He also helped build the foundation of the grassroots campaign SHAC USA, and subsequently arrested by the US government for his role. Dubbed the SHAC7, Jake and his codefendants were found guilty and he was sentenced to 4 years in federal prison. Currently, Jake works at the Rainforest Action Network, an international organization using pressure campaigns to stop rainforest deforestation, fossil fuel extraction, and support human rights. He can be found pontificating online as the Cranky Vegan, where he irritates everyone with his thoughts on the tactics, strategies and optics of the grassroots animal rights movement.