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.

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Our Members

"Putting Members at the core of our work” has been the motto of our organisation since 2014. Today, we represent 70 animal advocacy organisations in 25 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. 

Jana Villwock

Political Advisor for Fish Welfare

Laurent Lamouline

Finance Manager

David van Gennep

CEO, AAP Animal Advocacy and Protection

Gerald Dick

Member of the Executive Board, Vier Pfoten

Benny Andersson

Director, Djurens Rätt

Elise Fleury

Senior Campaigner

Joe Moran

Senior Political Adviser

Cecilia Angulo

Political Assistant / Event Manager

Christine van Horen

Events Manager

Reineke Hameleers


Jürgen Plinz

Treasurer, Deutscher Tierschutzbund

Luísa Bastos

Animals in Science Programme Leader

Lena Rohn

Food and Environmental Policy Manager, Animal Protection Denmark

David Bowles

Head of Public Affairs, RSPCA

Katrin Heeren

Senior Public Affairs Manager

Andreas Erler

Senior Political Adviser

Ann De Greef

President, GAIA

Andrea Callabe

Programme Assistant

Chris Carey, Honorary Treasurer

Daniel Pérez Vega

Dr Elena Nalon

Senior Veterinary Adviser

Philip Lymbery, President

CEO, Compassion In World Farming

Roberto Bennati

Vice President, LAV

Gemma Willemsen, Vice-President

Manager of Programmes and Lobbying, Dierenbescherming

Ilaria Di Silvestre

Wildlife Programme Leader

Juliel Byalugaba

Office Administrator

Stephanie Ghislain

Trade and Animal Welfare Programme Leader

Iwona Mertin

Companion Animals Programme Leader

Elodie Gérôme-Delgado

Deputy Director, Fondation Brigitte Bardot

Sami Saynevirta

President, Animalia

Maren Schmid

Campaigner Farm Animals

Agnese Marcon

Communications Officer

Tim Robinson

Operations Manager

Ines Grenho Ajuda

Farm Animals Programme Leader

Douglas Waley

Fish Welfare Programme Leader

Sophie De Jonckheere

Development Strategist

Francesca Porta

Farm Animals Programme Officer

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.