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Peter Stevenson - Chief Policy Advisor

Peter Stevenson

Peter Stevenson

Chief Policy Advisor

Educated at Trinity College Cambridge, Peter Stevenson is a qualified lawyer. He is the Chief Policy Advisor of Compassion in World Farming. In 2004 Peter was the joint recipient of the RSPCA Lord Erskine Award in recognition of a “very important contribution in the field of animal welfare”.

Peter leads Compassion in World Farming’s lobbying at the EU and the OIE. He played a leading role in winning the EU bans on veal crates, battery cages and sow stalls as well as a new status for animals in EU law as sentient beings. In addition, he has written comprehensive legal analyses of EU legislation on farm animals and also of the impact of the WTO rules on animal welfare. Peter has also written many well received literature reviews and reports on the welfare of chickens reared for meat and farmed fish, welfare at slaughter, welfare during transport and the economics of livestock production.

Peter has recently been a member of the Council of Europe Expert Group on the welfare of farmed Atlantic salmon and rainbow trout. He is also a member of the:

  • Core Stakeholder Group established by the UK Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to oversee UK implementation of the EU Directive on the welfare of chickens reared for meat
  • Defra’s Beak Trimming Action Group which is working to phase out the beak trimming of laying hens
  • The cattle section of the European Animal Welfare Platform established by the European Commission
  • Two expert groups on welfare during transport, one established by Defra, the other by the European Commission.


2006 – Present

Chief Policy Advisor, Compassion in World Farming

2004 – 2006


Consultant working for working for a range of bodies including, the World Society for the Protection of Animals, Eurogroup for Animals, Advocates for Animals and the RSPCA.
1991 – 2004

Political and Legal Director, Compassion in World Farming

1985 – 1991

The Law Society

The Law Society (professional body for solicitors in England): initially Policy Executive and then Assistant Legal Advisor
1971 – 1985

Royal Shakespeare Company

Freelance Theatre Director for Royal Shakespeare Company, in repertory theatre and in London’s West End
1970 – 1971

Head of Legal Department

Head of Legal Department in local government
1966 – 1970

Trainee Solicitor

Trainee Solicitor in local government