Philip Lymbery - Chief Executive

Our aim is simple: to put an end to factory farming within a generation. We’re already making progress and I’m optimistic about achieving our goal.

Philip Lymbery - Chief Executive

Philip Lymbery is chief executive of leading international farm animal welfare organisation, Compassion in World Farming (CIWF), and Visiting Professor at the University of Winchester.

He played leading roles in key reforms across Europe, including bans on some of the cruelest factory farm systems like veal crates for calves and barren battery cages for laying hens. He chaired industry talks that ended mass live calf exports from Britain.

Described as one of the food industry’s most influential people, he spearheaded work by CIWF with over 800 food companies worldwide, improving living conditions for over a billion farm animals every year.

He was recipient of the 2015 ‘International Golden Dove’ peace prize in Rome for his book Farmageddon: The true cost of cheap meat, written with then Sunday Times journalist, Isabel Oakeshott. Published in six languages, it gained international acclaim, earning him a reputation as one of industrial farming’s fiercest critics.

His latest book, published by Bloomsbury in 2017, Dead Zone: Where the Wild Things Were exposes how cheap meat is a key factor in the demise of some of the world’s most endangered species.

Philip’s view is unwavering:

Animals are sentient beings. They feel pain. They can experience a sense of emotional well-being and understand the difference between comfort and sadness.

Further information

Philip’s interest in animals was inspired by a gift given to him as a child by his grandfather – a book on wild birds. A birdwatcher since the age of 12, he has led bird watching tours abroad professionally for 10 years and is a licensed bird ringer for the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO).

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