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

of Eurogroup for Animals


Member organisations


 signatures collected by the End The Cage Age ECI network

Our Members

"Putting Members at the core of our work” has been the motto of our organisation since 2014. Today, we represent 79 animal advocacy organisations in 30 EU Member States, the UK, Switzerland, Serbia, Norway, Australia and the USA.

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. 

Daniel Pérez Vega

Trade and Animal Welfare Programme Officer

Jana Villwock

Political Adviser for Fish Welfare

David van Gennep

CEO, AAP Animal Advocacy and Protection

Iwona Mertin

Companion Animals Programme Leader

Ruby Le Galle

Digital Strategist

Laurent Lamouline

Finance Manager

Gerald Dick

Member of the Executive Board, Vier Pfoten

Marie Cochet

Communications Officer

Benny Andersson

Director, Djurens Rätt

Sophie De Jonckheere

Development Strategist

David Bowles

Head of Public Affairs, RSPCA

Elise Fleury

Senior Campaigner

Joe Moran

Interim Political Affairs Manager

Jürgen Plinz

Treasurer, Deutscher Tierschutzbund

Philip Lymbery, President

CEO, Compassion In World Farming

Gemma Willemsen, Vice-President

Manager of Programmes and Lobbying, Dierenbescherming

Douglas Waley

Fish Welfare Programme Leader

Reineke Hameleers


Agnese Marcon

Interim Communications Manager

Maya Cygańska

Junior Programme Officer

Inês Grenho Ajuda

Farm Animals Programme Leader

Luísa Bastos

Animals in Science Programme Leader

Bethania Malmberg

Wildlife Programme Leader

Andreas Erler

Senior Political Adviser

Stephanie Ghislain

Trade and Animal Welfare Programme Leader

Garance Hemeleers


Ellen Greve

Membership Officer

Maryna Lafontaine

Administrative Officer

Camilla Björkbom

Political Adviser for Food Policy

Maren Schmid

Campaigner Farm Animals

Francesca Porta

Farm Animals Senior Programme Officer

Roberto Bennati

Vice President, LAV

Sarah Bedson


Dr Elena Nalon

Senior Veterinary Adviser

Elodie Gérôme-Delgado

Director of Development and Quality Assurance

Tim Robinson

Operations Manager

Shannon Huggard

Political Assistant

Ann De Greef

Director, GAIA

Chris Carey, Honorary Treasurer

Morgane Dejean

Trade and Animal Welfare Junior Programme Officer

Lena Rohn

Food and Environmental Policy Manager, Animal Protection Denmark

Christine van Horen

Events Manager

Sami Säynevirta

Vice-President, Animalia

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.