Kathy Guillermo, Vice President, Director of Laboratory Investigations, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

Kathy Guillermo is senior vice president of laboratory investigations for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). She works with whistleblowers and federal and state agencies to crackdown on experimenters who violate animal welfare laws and regulations. One of Guillermo’s recent victories include exposing abuse of animals at a North Carolina product testing laboratory, which led to the closure of the laboratory and the grand jury indictment of four workers on 14 felony cruelty-to-animals charges, marking the first time in U.S. history that laboratory workers have faced felony cruelty charges for their abuse and neglect of animals. Since the breakdown and death of Eight Belles in the 2008 Kentucky Derby, Guillermo has spearheaded PETA’s efforts to focus attention on racing’s cruelty and bring about racing reforms. In 2010 and 2011, she exposed the cruelties of thoroughbred slaughter, releasing the first-ever footage of the horse slaughterhouse in Japan where 1986 Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand was killed in 2002. Following these revelations, her 2011 proposal to the Jockey Club outlining a detailed retirement program led to the racing industry’s formation of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. Most recently, she worked with whistleblowers from Santa Anita Race Track to expose the deaths of the three horses on the set of HBO’s “Luck,” which resulted in the cancellation of the television show. Guillermo is the author of the book “Monkey Business: The Disturbing Case That Launched the Animal Rights Movement.”