©Jo-Anne McArthur / Animal Equality / We Animals Media. Spain, 2010.


We are diligent in our quest to advance the interests of animals.


Our small team is composed of highly skilled professionals who specialize in animal law and policy.

mission, vision & values

Our mission is to use law and policy to help create a more just and humane world for animals. As we work toward this aim, we are guided by strong anti-oppression values.


The Institute’s mission is to improve the treatment of animals through law and policy, encouraging and participating in lawful and non-violent methods of change. The Institute firmly believes that knowledge is power, and so strives to empower different actors – nonprofits, public administrations, corporations, and academics – to act for animals through expertise and education.

©Konrad Lozinski / HIDDEN / We Animals Media. Poland, 2019.
©Jo-Anne McArthur / The Ghosts In Our Machine / We Animals Media. Europe, 2012.


Our vision is that of a world where animals are no longer treated as sources of extraction and exploitation, but as living, sentient beings worthy of care and respect.

In practical terms, the Institute advocates for the implementation of Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, which mandates that the EU and its Member States “pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals” by virtue of their sentience.


  • Animal Protection: The European Institute for Animal Law & Policy assists on projects which carry the ultimate goal of improving the treatment of animals. Our think-and-do-tank does not collaborate on projects that contribute to further commodification of animals, nor do we contribute to humane-washing initiatives which stymie systemic change for animals.
  • Diversity and plurilingualism: The European Union has 27 member States and 24 official languages. It is common for professionals in EU public affairs to be multilingual, with a passive command of additional languages. Yet, English is frequently taken up as the most common working language in Brussels. This contributes to the exclusion of populations who have limited abilities in English. For this reason, the Institute encourages its contacts to express themselves in their native language if they prefer, or by using additional languages besides English. To the best of its abilities, the Institute supports the animal advocacy movement in Greek, Czech, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese, as well as English and French.
  • Education and accessibility: The European Institute for Animal Law & Policy creates accessible educational experiences for learners at any stage of education. Our mission is to empower animal advocates through world class trainings in animal law and EU public affairs. We furthermore strive to make our publications and content accessible to people with disabilities. Please get in touch if you have suggestions on how to make our work more accessible to all.
  • Anti-oppression and inclusiveness: As a female-founded consultancy, we stand against oppressive behaviors. The Institute does not work on projects that contribute to further marginalization of racial and ethnic minorities, low-income communities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, or other historically oppressed groups. We also do not associate with organizations that fail to ensure a safe and healthy working environment for their staff. The Institute also seeks to promote the visibility of all institutional actors, regardless of their size or influence, in addition to individual professionals, regardless of career stage.
  • Cross-disciplinarity and solidarity: The European Institute for Animal Law & Policy aims to contribute to the institutionalization of animal protection objectives by building bridges between and within nonprofit actors, academic institutions, businesses, and public administrations. We believe in the power of synergies and discourage detrimental competitive behavior between actors who seek to improve conditions for animals.
©Jo-Anne McArthur / Animal Equality / We Animals Media. Spain, 2010.

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