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Awards and recognition

awards and recognition

Since 1967, Compassion in World Farming has achieved real change and improved the lives of countless farm animals.

In recognition of our work, Compassion in World Farming has received numerous awards over the years. Here are a selection:

2015: Compassion CEO receives a University of Winchester visiting professorship. In addition, Joyce D’Silva, Ambassador for Compassion, was awarded an honorary doctorate for her lifetime’s work in animal welfare. The University of Winchester also entered into a strategic partnership with Compassion, with the shared goal of advancing the welfare of animals through research and education. Further to that powerful partnership, in May 2016, the University of Winchester launched a new Centre for Animal Welfare - a new vibrant hub for events, teaching, and research on the subject of animal welfare.



2015: Compassion CEO wins “International Golden Dove for Peace" award. Compassion Chief Executive, Philip Lymbery is acknowledged for decades of fighting against intensive farming and his tireless efforts to raise awareness of the detrimental impact that factory farming has on human health, our planet and farm animal welfare.

2014: Compassion CEO wins “Outstanding Campaigner” award. Compassion Chief Executive, Philip Lymbery is awarded by European animal welfare coalition for his book Farmageddon and the work he has done to bring the debate over sustainable food into the mainstream.

2011: Third Sector Excellence Award for our 2009/2010 Annual Review.

2011:  Campaigner of the Year. Compassion in World Farming wins the Observer Ethical Award for Campaigner of the Year.

2011:  Compassion listed amongst top 100 "most powerful figures in the grocery industry".  Compassion Chief Executive, Philip Lymbery was named in the 'The Grocer Power 100' by The Grocer magazine.

2009: Best Use of Interactive. The Chicken Out! website won the award for ‘Best use of interactive’ in the Broadcast Digital Awards. The website, created by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and then run by Compassion in World Farming was recognised for “outstanding ability to enhance the viewing experience and become a key element of a TV programme’s success”.

2007:  Best Food Campaigner / Educator. Compassion in World Farming won this BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Award in 2007 for the best food campaigner/educator.

2007: Special Investigation Award.  Compassion in World Farming was given the RSPCA Special Investigation Award in 2007 for its investigation on the long distance transport of calves from the UK to continental Europe and for investigating the intensive farming of laying hens in the egg industry in Europe.

2004: Hantsweb award.  Compassion in World Farming was given a Hantsweb award in 2004 in recognition of website excellence.

1999: Mahaveer Award.  The Mahaveer award was presented to Compassion in World Farming for its untiring efforts and success in reducing and eliminating the suffering of animals.

Don’t take our word for it

What others say about Compassion in World Farming

I deal with lots of NGOs and many of them are fine organisations, but I can honestly say that Compassion in World Farming is probably the finest. It isn’t just that their cause is just. They espouse it with such calmness and reason

Martin Hickman
The Independent

Compassion punches way above its weight, with an influence and impact out of proportion to its modest resources

René Olivieri
Tubney Charitable Trust

Compassion in World Farming has done an amazing job in achieving real change for millions of farm animals.

Joanna Lumley OBE
Compassion patron, actor and campaigner

Compassion in World Farming punches well above its weight. Pound for pound, I think they contribute more to the cause of animal welfare than any other group I’ve ever met.

John Webster
Emeritus Professor, Bristol University Veterinary School

Compassion in World Farming, although small in itself, is able to achieve real change for farm animals. This is something to be proud of but also something to build on in the coming years. It’s the combination of companies and Compassion which makes the right recipe for progress.

Willem-Jan Laan
Director of Global External Affairs, Unilever

To support the work of Compassion in World Farming with its vital blend of passion and exact science is a very special privilege.

Bishop John Baker
Former Bishop of Salisbury

I have always cared for farm animals, but it wasn’t until Compassion in World Farming brought to my attention the dreadful conditions in which they are often farmed that I became an avid supporter.

Penelope Keith OBE

Compassion in World Farming reminds us of the need to treat other animals with the care and respect which is their due.

Sir Crispin Tickell GCMG KCVO
Former British Ambassador to the United Nations

…thanks to over 20 years of persistent lobbying and campaigning by dedicated animal welfare groups like Compassion in World Farming and their European counterparts, the inhumane [barren] battery cage for egg laying hens will be banned in Europe from 2012.

This is radical, important, grown up stuff, effected quietly, without any tears on camera or self congratulation, by people who are in the fight for the long term, not chasing ratings.

Joanna Blythman
Daily Telegraph

The plight of the pig, and the British farmer, has been taken up by celebrity TV chefs, building on decades of work by welfare groups such as Compassion in World Farming

Felicity Lawrence
The Guardian

As we all know, keeping hens in tiny cages all their lives is a scandal.  But without Compassion in World Farming it could possibly be a hidden scandal.

Martin Hickman
The Independent

Compassion in World Farming does a brilliant job of researching the issues and then publicising them in an objective and professional way

Mrs Frances Bee

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