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.
40 years

of Eurogroup for Animals

70

Member organisations

1600000

 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 over 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. 

Chris Carey, Honorary Treasurer

Sami Säynevirta

Vice-President, Animalia

Roberto Bennati

Vice President, LAV

Gemma Willemsen, Vice-President

Manager of Programmes and Lobbying, Dierenbescherming

David van Gennep

CEO, AAP Animal Advocacy and Protection

Benny Andersson

Director, Djurens Rätt

Christine van Horen

Events Manager

Douglas Waley

Fish Welfare Programme Leader

Francesca Porta

Farm Animals Senior Programme Officer

Elise Fleury

Senior Campaigner

Inês Grenho Ajuda

Farm Animals Programme Leader

Dr Elena Nalon

Senior Veterinary Adviser

Ruby Le Galle

Digital Strategist

Iwona Mertin

Companion Animals Programme Leader

Maryna Lafontaine

Administrative Officer

Andreas Erler

Senior Political Adviser

Stephanie Ghislain

Trade and Animal Welfare Programme Leader

Laurent Lamouline

Finance Manager

Ann De Greef

Director, GAIA

Garance Hemeleers

Intern

Gerald Dick

Member of the Executive Board, Vier Pfoten

Joe Moran

Interim Political Affairs Manager

Tim Robinson

Operations Manager

Agnese Marcon

Interim Communications Manager

Elodie Gérôme-Delgado

Director of Development and Quality Assurance

Morgane Dejean

Trade and Animal Welfare Junior Programme Officer

Philip Lymbery, President

CEO, Compassion In World Farming

Marie Cochet

Communications Officer

Jakub Rybnikar

Intern

Lena Rohn

Food and Environmental Policy Manager, Animal Protection Denmark

Jana Villwock

Political Adviser for Fish Welfare

Camille Bertaux

Intern

Daniel Pérez Vega

Trade and Animal Welfare Programme Officer

Maya Cygańska

Junior Programme Officer

Maren Schmid

Campaigner Farm Animals

Ilaria Di Silvestre

Wildlife Programme Leader

Bethania Malmberg

Project Leader Fur Farming

Camilla Björkbom

Political Adviser for Food Policy

Sophie De Jonckheere

Development Strategist

Luísa Bastos

Animals in Science Programme Leader

Shannon Huggard

Political Assistant

Ellen Greve

Membership Officer

Reineke Hameleers

CEO

Jürgen Plinz

Treasurer, Deutscher Tierschutzbund

David Bowles

Head of Public Affairs, RSPCA

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.