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Philip Lymbery

CEO of Compassion in World Farming

Philip Lymbery is naturalist, author and chief executive of leading international farm animal welfare organisation, Compassion in World Farming, and Visiting Professor at the University of Winchester. His latest book, Dead Zone: Where the Wild Things Were (published Bloomsbury 2017), exposes how cheap meat is a key factor in the demise of some of the world’s most endangered species. For 25 years Philip has worked extensively on animal welfare issues, wildlife and the environment. He’s played leading roles in major animal welfare reforms, including Europe-wide bans on veal crates for calves and barren battery cages for laying hens. Philip is a recognised thought leader and has a reputation as one of industrial farming’s fiercest critics. Described as one of the food industry’s most influential people, he has spearheaded Compassion’s engagement work with over 800 food companies worldwide, leading to real improvements in the lives of over 1 billion farm animals every year.

A Cage-free Day Is Dawning

Today (29th July 2016), marks a truly momentous moment for egg laying hens. Asda and Lidl have finally caved, and pledged to go cage free on all their whole shell eggs. These announcements follow a burst of cage free commitments from Aldi, Iceland, Morrisons and Tesco that have also pledged to phase out cages for laying hens.
01/08/2016 11:34 BST

A Menu to Save the Planet

By raising animals on pasture or waste, we're turning something we can't eat into something we can - and the upshot is a method of farming which provides a far better life for the animals. Not only that, but there is the benefit of the storage of carbon in grassland and provision of wildlife habitat, from insects to the farmland birds that prey on them.
08/05/2016 18:30 BST

It's Time to Face Our Food

Bold agreements to tackle climate change have been negotiated by world leaders at the recent Paris summit on Climate Change, COP21. But the bottom line is, the very key to stopping climate change is being ignored.
24/12/2015 13:21 GMT

Save the Planet? Yes, We Can!

We may feel alone, insignificant and powerless to act. But each individual can do a lot in his own choices about his home, transportation, energy and, yes, about his diet. Each time we choose a little less meat, making sure it comes from good pasture, free-range or organic farms, we're doing our bit for ourselves, and much more for our children's future.
09/12/2015 12:19 GMT

Compassion's Take on the Sustainable Development Goals

Last week the United Nations launched its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 aims included in a new 15 year plan. This plan aims to end poverty and hunger by 2030 and achieve a host of other truly worthy objectives such as gender equality.
05/10/2015 12:30 BST

The Fallacy of Old Macdonald

It's a myth peddled to children from an exceptionally young age; before they can walk or talk, with colourful picture books showing happy animals grazing by duck ponds in lush green fields. In these story books the farmer and his wife are a picture of health - their bonny children and a mischievous-looking dog at their sides.
23/07/2015 14:36 BST

A Cage Is Still a Cage

The industry heralds these cages as a vast improvement to the banned barren battery cage. But when you see the way these cages still leave hens crammed, with barely any space to stretch their wings, even with minimal 'enrichment', it's clear a cage is still a cage. The 'enrichment' in these cages is little more than window dressing, a cynical sop to consumer concerns. 300 million hens are currently living this way in the EU. Please join our campaign. And help us end the cage age once and for all.
16/07/2015 10:50 BST

MRSA Is in British Meat: Is This the Wake-Up Call We Need?

This is the first time MRSA of livestock origin has been found in British pig meat. The findings indicate that British consumers are already being exposed to MRSA in retail meat, with a person eating pork twice a week likely to be exposed to contaminated meat once every three months.
19/06/2015 21:00 BST

EU Profits from Uber-cruel Trade in Live Animals

The Commission has just held a workshop in Lebanon on welfare at slaughter. This is extremely welcome. However, it must be seen as only the first of the many steps that are needed to bring welfare at slaughter in this region up to international standards.
11/03/2015 14:29 GMT

Why One Perdue Chicken Farmer Broke the Conspiracy of Silence

In 1992, Craig went into chicken farming to feed his family and be his own boss. He soon found he was anything but. And, after 22 years of farming, he has done something no one has done before. He gave us, two long-standing animal welfare advocates, unrestricted access to his farm where he raises chickens for US poultry giant Perdue...
04/12/2014 15:47 GMT