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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Member organisations


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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. 

Britta Riis, President

Director, Dyrenes Beskyttelse

Gemma Willemsen

Manager of Programmes and Lobbying, Dierenbescherming

Andrea Callabe

Programme Assistant

Iwona Mertin

Companion Animals Programme Leader

Lucien Bildgen

President, Lëtzebuerger Déiereschutzliga

Stephanie Ghislain

Trade and Animal Welfare Programme Leader

Tim Robinson

Senior Programme Leader

Alessia Virone

Political Officer

Chris Carey

Honorary Treasurer

Douglas Waley

Fish Welfare Programme Leader

Christine van Horen

Events Manager

Ann De Greef

President, GAIA

Ilaria Di Silvestre

Wildlife Programme Leader

Vienna Leigh

Senior Communications Officer

Biljana Lalic

Membership and Development Officer

Benny Andersson

Director, Djurens Rätt

Roberto Bennati

Vice President, LAV

Elodie Gérôme-Delgado

Deputy Director, Fondation Brigitte Bardot

Reineke Hameleers


Sami Saynevirta

President, Animalia

Dr Elena Nalon

Senior Veterinary Adviser

Joe Moran

Senior Political Adviser

Andreas Erler

Senior Political Adviser

Susanne Drake

Office Manager and PA

Morgan Reille

Trade and Animal Welfare Programme Officer

Elise Fleury

Campaign Officer

Luísa Bastos

Animals in Science Programme Leader

Emy De Nardi

Digital Communications Officer

Sophie Aylmer

Political Adviser

Francesca Porta

Farm Animals Programme Officer

Alice Di Concetto

Farm Animals Programme Officer

David Bowles

Head of Public Affairs, RSPCA

David van Gennep

CEO, AAP Animal Advocacy and Protection

Philip Lymbery, Vice-President

CEO, Compassion In World Farming

Sophie De Jonckheere

Communications and Development Manager

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.