Who We Are

We challenge decision-makers to bring about positive change, and deliver coordinated advocacy and campaigns at EU level.

Our vision

A Europe that cares for animals
A Europe where the well-being of all animals is assured, and where they experience a good life

Our mission

As the pan-European animal advocacy organisation, the primary focus of Eurogroup for Animals is to improve the well-being of as many animals as possible and defend animals’ interests. We do this by achieving better legislation, standards, enforcement and societal attitudes, through a united community of animal protection organisations and via lawful means.

The voice for animals in Europe

For over 40 years, we have worked with our members to measurably improve the protection of animals.
43 years

of Eurogroup for Animals


Member organisations


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Our Team

Our Board is made up of 13 representatives from full Member Organisations, and meets five times a year.
​​​​​​​Our Staff work at our offices in Brussels and are grouped by dossier (eg. Farm Animals; Wildlife) or in horizontal areas that work across all the dossiers, such as the political team or the communications department. 

Maya Cygańska

Farm Animals Programme Officer

Sophie De Jonckheere

Development Strategist

Myriam Vanderzwalmen

Farm Animals Project Manager

Dr Elena Nalon

Senior Veterinary Adviser

Jacopo Moccia

Political Adviser Insect Farming

Benny Andersson

Director, Djurens Rätt

Bethania Malmberg

Programme Officer Fur Animals

Reineke Hameleers


Sandra Moreau

Finance Manager

Iwona Mertin

Outreach Manager and Companion Animals Programme Leader

Roberto Bennati

Vice President, LAV

Keri Tietge

Octopus Project Consultant

Alejandro Gil

Events Officer

Daniel Pérez Vega

Trade and Animal Welfare Programme Officer

Léa Badoz

Programme Officer (Companion Animals and Wildlife)

Imane Aeraki

Finance Assistant

Sami Säynevirta

Vice-President, Animalia

Ruby Le Galle

Digital Strategist

Douglas Waley

Senior Fish Welfare Programme Leader

Valentyna Vozna

Ukraine Taskforce Coordinator

Nick Clark

Wildlife Programme Leader

Susanna Blattner

Policy Officer Transport and Slaughter

David van Gennep

CEO, AAP Animal Advocacy and Protection

Jonathan Sander

Sustainable Food Systems Project Officer

Florence Dossche

Political and Legal Adviser

Luísa Bastos

Animals in Science Programme Leader

Laura Demaude

Communications Officer Farm Animals

Stephanie Ghislain

Political Affairs Manager

Karl O'Reilly

Trade and Animal Welfare Programme Officer

Chris Carey, Honorary Treasurer

Philip Lymbery, President

CEO, Compassion In World Farming

Elise Fleury

Senior Campaigner

Esther Bergmark

Project Manager

Ellen Greve

Membership Officer

Gerald Dick

Member of the Executive Board, Vier Pfoten

Agnese Marcon

Communications Manager

Shannon Huggard

Political and Legal Adviser

Tim Robinson

Operations Manager

Sarah Bedson


Laurence Walder

Animals in Science Programme Consultant

Marie Cochet

Communications Officer

Camilla Björkbom

Political Adviser for Food Policy

Iza Arrieta

Programme Manager Cats and Dogs

Gemma Willemsen, Vice-President

Corporate Strategic Advisor, Dierenbescherming

Lena Rohn

Food and Environmental Policy Manager, Animal Protection Denmark

Inês Grenho Ajuda

Farm Animals Programme Leader

Jürgen Plinz

Treasurer, Deutscher Tierschutzbund

Ann De Greef

Director, GAIA

David Bowles

Head of Public Affairs, RSPCA

Andreas Erler

Senior Political Adviser

The European Parliament and Us

As the leading animal welfare organisation in the EU, Eurogroup for Animals has been the secretariat for the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals since its inauguration.