Philip Lymbery, Compassion CEO

Philip Lymbery

About Philip


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Philip Lymbery is naturalist, author and chief executive of leading international farm animal welfare organisation, Compassion in World Farming (CIWF). His book, Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat, was published by Bloomsbury in 2014 and gained international acclaim, earning him a reputation as one of industrial farming’s fiercest critics.

Visiting Professor at the University of Winchester, Lymbery has been listed by The Grocer magazine as one of the food industry’s most influential people. He is recipient of the ‘outstanding campaigning’ award by Brussels-based Eurogroup for Animals and the International Golden Dove peace prize in Rome.

Lymbery led the growth of CIWF internationally, with offices in 10 countries across Europe, the USA, South Africa and China. He places emphasis on engaging with major food companies and achieving game-changing legislation.

CEO since 2005, Lymbery was CIWF’s campaigns director throughout the 1990s, helping to win historic victories such as EU bans on barren battery cages for laying hens and veal crates for calves. More recently he led industry discussions that brought about a major reduction in live calf exports from Britain.

As author of Farmageddon, he travelled the world with Sunday Times journalist, Isabel Oakeshott, looking at the effects of industrial farming on the environment, public health and animal welfare. The book was chosen as one of The Times Writers’ Books of the Year, described as an “unusually fast-paced enviro-shocker” (Evening Standard) and cited by the Mail on Sunday as a compelling ‘game-changer’.

Lymbery is now working on a sequel to Farmageddon as well as an illustrated companion volume. The sequel looks at the issues of industrial farming through the lens of endangered wildlife.

A life-long wildlife enthusiast, Lymbery spent ten years as professional wildlife tour leader, travelling to places like The Seychelles, Costa Rica, the USA and Europe. He is a licensed bird ringer for the British Trust for Ornithology.

He lives in a Hampshire country village with his wife Helen, stepson Luke, Duke the rescue dog, and flock of ex-battery hens.

Further resources:

Country Life Interview with Philip Lymbery

BBC News Meet the author Philip Lymbery

Farmageddon: "Somewhere, somehow, we have taken a wrong turn"

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Compassion in World Farming campaigns to end factory farming. My new book, Dead Zone, explores the links between factory farming and the demise of our iconic wildlife, and what we can do to save it.

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