Philip Lymbery, Compassion CEO

Philip Lymbery


I’m Philip Lymbery, Chief Executive of Compassion in World Farming. My entire career has been dedicated to ending animal suffering and stopping factory farming. In 2014, I co-authored the internationally-acclaimed Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat, in a bid to bring the anti-factory farming message to new audiences. Now, the follow-up, Dead Zone: Where the Wild Things Were is on the shelves, with the simple message: factory farming causes massive harm to wildlife.

Dead Zone: Where the Wild Things Were

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While promoting Farmageddon in South Africa, I visited Boulders Beach along the Cape Peninsula, where a colony of African penguins had recently set up home near to residential houses. I was struck by a display board listing the ‘threats’ to the species, which included “reduction of penguin food supply by commercial fishing”. This revealed to me that the competition between farm animals and people for food had now been extended to marine wildlife, and urged me to investigate how many other species are being driven to the brink of extinction by industrial farming.

Most people are aware that many animals are threatened by extinction, but few realise that there is a direct link with consumer demand for cheap meat.

Find out more about Dead Zone and how factory farming harms wildlife here.

Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat

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Published by Bloomsbury, this book is a wake-up call exposing factory farming as one of the most pressing issues of our time; responsible for unparalleled food waste, damage to our health and the countryside, and the biggest cause of animal cruelty on the planet.

Also available soon is Farmageddon in Pictures, the infographic edition of Farmageddon – delivered in handy, bite-sized pieces. Stuffed full of interesting infographics and facts, it asks all the important questions. Because what are the consequences of putting profits before people?

You can read all about the books here.

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