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OUR HISTORY

CHANGING THE WORLD FOR ANIMALS


Since Animal Equality’s foundation in 2006, thousands of people have come together to change and save lives. From a handful of committed activists to a global team of thousands with offices in eight countries, we have come a long way. Here is a summary of a selection of our work to date.

2022

JUNE

The Congress of the State of Hidalgo unanimously approved the initiative promoted by Animal Equality to reform the Law for the Protection and Dignified Treatment of Animals and the Criminal Code of Hidalgo. Acts of cruelty to animals, including farmed animals, are now considered crimes punished with prison sentences of up to 4 years. Nearly 50 million cows, pigs, hens, chickens, and other animals raised on factory farms and killed in slaughterhouses in Hidalgo will now be more protected from abuse. Hidalgo is now the first state in Mexico to protect farmed animals in law.
Six representatives of Animal Equality, wearing smart clothing.

MAY

The EU for Animals campaign, calling for an EU Animal Welfare Commissioner, was promoted by Animal Equality and over 40 animal protection organisations. The campaign has received more than 169,000 public signatures and has been signed by 127 members of the European Parliament of all political groups. If the initiative is passed, the Commissioner's responsibility would become “Health, Food Safety, and Animal Welfare.”
Representative of Animal Equality on a stage at a conference

APRIL

Animal Equality introduced a bill in Mexico to recognise all animals with a complex nervous system as sentient beings with welfare protections under the law. If the bill is approved, the initiative will amend article four of the Political Constitution of the United Mexican States and improve animal protection in the country.

MARCH

Animal Equality released an investigation into a pig farm in Jalisco, Mexico where our investigators uncovered the painful mutilations that pigs endure shortly after birth. The images we uncovered showed piglets being castrated or having their tails cut without anaesthesia.

MARCH

Animal Equality released an investigation revealing how fast-growing chickens raised for meat are condemned to a life of suffering. Our team in Italy collected seven dead chickens from an intensive farm and analysed their bodies with help from specialist veterinarians. The analysis concluded that fast-growing chickens are unable to lead healthy, long lives, no matter the environment, due to their breeding.

FEBRUARY

Animal Equality released disturbing undercover footage of deliberate violence and neglect on Madox dairy farm in Carmarthenshire, Wales. Our investigator covertly filmed troubling scenes including a number of serious legal violations, which were featured in a BBC Panorama documentary. The footage revealed workers kicking and punching cows in the face and stomach, twisting their tails, and hitting them with sharp, metal shovels.

JANUARY

Animal Equality's petition to ban UK imports of foie gras made by force-feeding surpasses 250,000 signatures. Following this, we coordinated an open letter to the UK Government from several influential celebrities, urging it to deliver on its promises to ban this cruel 'delicacy'.
2021

DECEMBER

Animal Equality released an undercover investigation documenting scenes of suffering and abuse of birds at a chicken hatchery in California, USA. The facility provides baby chickens to farms managed by Foster Farms, where they are raised and then slaughtered. Foster Farms supplies major American grocery and fast food chains. The investigation exposed serious violations of California’s animal cruelty laws and showed chicks routinely being brutally killed or left to slowly die from injuries.

DECEMBER

Following Animal Equality’s campaigning and lobbying work, a proposal to introduce a ban on the killing of male chicks in the egg industry is approved by the Italian Parliament. This historic victory for animals will end the cruel practice of male chick culling by 2026, stopping the slaughter of up to 40 million male chicks every year in Italy.

DECEMBER

Animal Equality infiltrated tilapia farms in Mexico and uncovered the suffering of these animals at the hands of the farmed fish industry, due in part to the lack of laws protecting them from extreme cruelty. Our researchers documented shocking scenes in several farms, showing serious health and welfare issues.

DECEMBER

Twenty five world-leading aquatic animal experts signed an open letter, coordinated by Animal Equality, issuing a demand for increased protections to be given to farmed fish in law. The measures called for include mandatory, independently-monitored CCTV in slaughterhouses to improve monitoring, and the introduction of more frequent, unannounced inspections.

NOVEMBER

The Welsh Government announces plans to introduce mandatory CCTV in all slaughterhouses in the country. This follows Animal Equality's 2019, investigation into Farmers Fresh Wales slaughterhouse. As a result of our investigation, thousands of people emailed the Welsh Rural Affairs Minister urging for mandatory, independently monitored CCTV to be put in place in slaughterhouses.

OCTOBER

Fried chicken restaurant chain Wingstop UK commits to the Better Chicken Commitment following discussions with Animal Equality UK. In doing so, it becomes the latest fast food brand to eliminate some of the cruellest practices from its chicken meat supply chain.

SEPTEMBER

Animal Equality delivers over 225,000 petition signatures, calling for a UK-wide ban on the importation of foie gras made by force-feeding, to the UK Government at Number 10 Downing Street. We were joined by actor and animal advocate Peter Egan.

SEPTEMBER

Animal Equality launches an international campaign that exposes the ever-expanding and unregulated meat industry in Brazil as the main cause of the country’s extensive environmental destruction and some of the worst abuses against its animals. This devastation and suffering is a direct result of the illegal fires and deforestation in the Pantanal wetlands and Cerrado savannahs.

AUGUST

Subway commits to end some of the very cruellest practices in its European chicken meat supply chain by publicly committing to the European Chicken Commitment. Animal Equality played a major role in this campaign along with other coalition members of the Open Wing Alliance. We sent campaigners to Amsterdam to protest and attempted to meet with Subway’s leadership, held protests in Italy, Spain, and the UK, and mobilised thousands of animal advocates from all around the world to take part in highly impactful digital actions.

AUGUST

A group of MPs from across the country signed an open letter, coordinated by Animal Equality, urging the UK Government’s Environment Secretary and Animal Welfare Minister to publicly confirm a ban on the import and sale of foie gras.

JULY

Following talks with Animal Equality, leading London hospitality business GLH Hotels –whose brands include The Clermont, Hard Rock Hotel London and Thistle Hotels – signed up to the Better Chicken Commitment, pledging to end some of the worst abuses for chickens raised for meat across its entire supply chain.

JULY

In a historic move for animal protection, the state of Puebla in Mexico voted to pass a law that will criminalise unregulated slaughterhouses (also known as 'underground' slaughterhouses) and slaughter at live animal markets. The new law, which was passed after Animal Equality in Mexico participated in talks with various agencies of the Government of Puebla, will also make it illegal for land animals in the state to be slaughtered without prior stunning.

JUNE

Animal Equality’s campaign to ban live animal markets the #Campaign4Animals 2020 Award. The award was presented to us by Eurogroup for Animals – a pan-European animal advocacy organisation, whose key focus is to improve the wellbeing of as many animals as possible through effective legal advocacy and public awareness work. Our campaign was highlighted for its tremendous impact on animals, as well as how it responded to the COVID-19 crisis and mobilised supporters.

JUNE

Animal Equality presents over half a million petition signatures to the United Nations calling for the end of the sale of live animals at markets around the world. In addition, letters were delivered calling on the governing body to publicly acknowledge the risks live animal sales pose to global health and urging policymakers all over the world to restrict markets from selling live animals.

JUNE

With an overwhelming majority, the European Parliament has voted in favour of banning cages for farmed animals. The historic vote came as a result of the European Citizens’ Initiative to End The Cage Age, a campaign which brought together over 170 organisations, including Animal Equality.

JUNE

Animal Equality releases an investigation documenting what happens to pigs inside an Italian slaughterhouse, revealing the terrible cruelty that animals endure within these places. The investigation was filmed at a slaughterhouse which is a representative company of the prestigious 'Made in Italy' marketing label used around the world.

MAY

In Brazil, Animal Equality releases an investigation into the slaughter of pregnant cows, a practice that happens all over the world. We launched an accompanying public petition calling for the slaughter of pregnant cows to end.
Mother pig in a cage on a factory farm

APRIL

Animal Equality UK releases an investigation showing animal suffering filmed at P&G Sleigh Pig Unit in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. We filmed disturbing cruelty and a number of serious legal violations. The farm is owned by a senior meat industry figure and assured by 'Quality Meat Scotland'.

APRIL

Animal Equality coordinates an open letter, signed by MPs from various political parties across the UK, urging the Government to press forward with its planned foie gras ban and to outline specifically when and how it will ban the importation of the cruel 'delicacy'.

MARCH

Joining forces with other animal protection groups and TV naturalist Chris Packham, Animal Equality launches a campaign urging the UK's major supermarkets to eliminate some of the cruellest abuses to the chickens raised for consumption in their supply chains.

FEBRUARY

Animal Equality releases undercover footage from a slaughterhouse operated by The Scottish Salmon Company, a supplier of major UK supermarkets. The pioneering footage is the first of its kind to be released in the UK and shows the brutal nature in which farmed salmon are killed.

JANUARY

Animal Equality and Champion Petfoods resolve certain legal claims, filed by Animal Equality in 2020, related to the pet food company’s marketing of the rainbow trout in its products. The company corrected ‘wild-caught’ marketing claims on its website and agreed to provide additional transparency regarding its fish sourcing practices.
2020

DECEMBER

On International Animal Rights Day, Animal Equality releases a new investigation into the cruel cat and dog meat trade. Together with a group of brave local activists, our investigators visited live animal markets where caged dogs and cats – and the dead bodies of others – were displayed for sale.

NOVEMBER

Nine months after the World Health Organisation declared COVID-19 a pandemic, Animal Equality releases a new investigation that shows wet markets selling live animals are still in operation. The footage we captured in collaboration with local activists revealed that this threat to public health continues.
Kinswood Eggs

OCTOBER

Animal Equality released an undercover investigation showing scenes of animal suffering inside an egg farm in West Sussex, England. Many of the distressed birds were suffering from severe feather loss; some were almost completely bald with red, raw skin.

AUGUST

Animal Equality releases covert filming from twelve Red Tractor-assured farms operated by Moy Park, one of the UK's largest chicken producers. The horrifying scenes include chicks' necks being crushed against metal bucket handles and birds with painful burns caused by the filthy conditions. Some of these farms were linked to the supermarket Tesco, leading to the launch of a public awareness campaign highlighting the conditions of chickens raised for Tesco's.

JULY

Pizza Express and Nando's publicly announce that they have signed the Better Chicken Commitment, joining hundreds of other companies worldwide. Animal Equality was one of a number of animal protection organisations engaging with these companies and these two policies alone will reduce the suffering of more than 30,000,000 chickens used for meat every year.
Live Transport of Lambs

MAY

Animal Equality documents the gruelling journey of lambs being transported from Spain across the Mediterranean Sea. The distressing footage revealed how animals are treated in the cruel live export trade.
Lunch and Learn Webinars

MAY

Animal Equality UK launches our Lunch and Learn programme, offering free webinars for company executives interested in sustainability and animal protection. We gave presentations to a variety of companies including PwC and Aviva.
Wet Markets

MARCH

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Animal Equality launches a global campaign to ban wet markets which slaughter live animals, with a petition addressed to the United Nations gathering over 500,000 signatures.
Joaquin Phoenix

FEBRUARY

Animal Equality carries out a powerful demonstration on London's iconic Tower Bridge, joined by Joaquin Phoenix, linking factory farming to the destruction of our planet and urging people to go vegan.

FEBRUARY

Abigail Penny is appointed Executive Director of Animal Equality UK.

JANUARY

Papa John's signs up to the Better Chicken Commitment, following dialogue with Animal Equality and The Humane League, impacting approximately 700,000 chickens each year.
2019
Carl Donnelly

DECEMBER

Animal Equality hosts a festive fundraiser event, joined by activist Christopher Sebastian and comedian Carl Donnelly.
Rooney Mara

DECEMBER

Animal rights activist and actress Rooney Mara joins Animal Equality for an investigation called 'With My Own Eyes', revealing animals living in horrific conditions on two factory farms in the UK.
Sheep slaughterhouse

NOVEMBER

Unimaginable cruelty is revealed in an investigation into Farmers Fresh abattoir in Wales. Petrified sheep who were trapped in machinery were brutally decapitated in front of other animals. A Food Standards Agency inspector is on the scene, giving his approval.

October

Animal Equality releases a new investigation which documents the horrors of buffalo mozzarella production in Italy, including male buffalos left to die of hunger and thirst after being torn from their mothers.

October

After devastating fires set by cattle farmers destroyed large areas of the Amazon Rainforest, Animal Equality sent investigators to Northern Brazil to document the area’s increased deforestation and the connection to animal agriculture.

OCTOBER

Animal Equality launches it's first corporate campaign in the UK, raising awareness amongst the public of how chickens used for meat are treated in McDonald's supply chain. Our team of Animal Protectors carry out quick and easy actions to highlight the issues and encourage McDonald's to act.

SEPTEMBER

Animal Equality joins other members of the Open Wing Alliance, a global coalition of animal protection organisations, in their Nomad Foods campaign, securing a Better Chicken Commitment within three days. The policy covers popular frozen food brand, Birds Eye.

August

Animal Equality exposed deplorable conditions inside a pig farm in the Italian region of Lombardy. Our investigators found thousands of pigs living in filthy sheds, with discarded dead bodies left to decompose.

June

Extreme suffering is uncovered on three British farms raising chickens for Moy Park, which supplies many major retailers. Animal Equality's footage of distressed birds in giant double-decker sheds shocks the public.

May

Animal Equality releases harrowing scenes of animal abuse and chickens resorting to cannibalism on chicken farms. All three farms investigated produce chickens for Faccenda (now Avara), one of the UK's biggest chicken producers.
Fir Tree Farm Convictions

February

Thanks to Animal Equality’s 2018 investigation of Fir Tree Farm in Lincolnshire, UK, three of the pig farm’s workers who were convicted of multiple animal cruelty offences are sentenced for their crimes.
2018

NOVEMBER

Tate Modern and Skylon, the restaurant at the Royal Festival Hall drops foie gras following our peaceful campaigning. Others subsequently followed suit including The restaurant at The Wallace Collection, a London museum and gallery which is publicly funded and The Bluebird in Chelsea.

OCTOBER

iAnimal's dairy film is shortlisted for the social impact category at both Raindance Film Festival and the VR Awards.

SEPTEMBER

Actor and animal advocate Peter Egan joins Animal Equality to deliver 100,000 signatures to the Prime Minister, Theresa May demanding a foie gras import ban post-Brexit.

SEPTEMBER

Animal Equality releases disturbing scenes of mite-infested hens suffering inside filthy cages on an egg farm in Italy.

AUGUST

Animal Equality releases shocking scenes of distressed calves being brutally handled and force-fed at Coombe Farm in Somerset, an organic dairy farm certified by the Soil Association and RSPCA Assured, supplying Waitrose and Yeo Valley. Both Waitrose and the RSPCA immediately suspended the farm following our investigation.

JULY

Animal Equality releases scenes of violence and neglect against pigs and piglets on Rosebury Farm in Bedfordshire. As a result, Red Tractor withdrew the farm's assurance certificate.

MAY

Animal Equality releases shocking scenes of animal abuse filmed on Fir Tree pig farm in Lincolnshire, which is owned by Elsham Linc – one of Britain’s largest pig producers. Several months later, three of the pig farm’s workers were convicted of multiple animal cruelty offences and sentenced for their crimes.

MAY

Animal Equality carries out the first investigation into the Mexican chicken industry exposing the suffering of these animals at hatcheries, farms, during transportation and at slaughterhouses.

APRIL

In April 2018, Animal Equality releases a new investigation inside Italian chicken hatcheries

APRIL

Britain’s best-known birder and national treasure, Bill Oddie OBE, joined MPs and Animal Equality campaigners to call on Michael Gove to ‘Make Britain Foie Gras-free’ as they handed over 70,000 signatures backing an import ban post-Brexit.

MARCH

Animal Equality launches campaign to help chickens exploited for McDonald's. Animal Equality published a full-page open letter in The New York Times to launch the campaign.

MARCH

Noble Foods, the UK's biggest egg producer, announces a commitment to producing solely cage-free egg production by 2025. The decision, which will reduce the suffering of millions of birds every year, came after an Animal Equality investigation inside one of its suppliers.

MARCH

Animal Equality visits SXSW in Texas, USA, one of the world's most important interactive, film, and music festivals to show iAnimal to hundreds of attendees.

MARCH

Animal Equality releases an investigation into the cruel Italian rabbit meat which routinely ignores the rules and regulations meant to minimise animal suffering during the cruel slaughter process.

FEBRUARY

Animal Equality, in collaboration with the Spanish TV program Salvados, reveals devastating scenes of extreme animal suffering on a Spanish pig farm which supplies El Pozo - a sausage brand stocked by several major retailers.

JANUARY

Animal Equality presents an investigation inside pig slaughterhouses in Italy.

JANUARY

Animal Equality releases a study, in collaboration with Faunalytics, about the impact of video outreach.
2017

DECEMBER

Our investigators infiltrate the Italian lamb meat industry showing images of one of the roughly 200 abattoirs that are allowed to slaughter animals without pre-stunning.

OCTOBER

Alongside Mexican TV personality Marco Antonio Regil, Animal Equality presents an exhibition in the Mexican Senate showing photographs inside Mexican farms and slaughterhouses, as well as presenting its virtual reality project to Senators in Mexico.

SEPTEMBER

Animal Equality presents a nationwide investigation in India exposing the cruel and illegal practices in egg and chicken farms. A report and a list of recommendations based on the footage obtained were included in the Law Commission's proposed "Egg Laying Hen Rules and Broiler Chicken Rules", 2017.

SEPTEMBER

Animal Equality brings to the European Parliament in Brussels its evidence showing the mistreatment of farmed animals with an exhibition entitled 'Industrial Livestock: the biggest crime of our time?'. The exhibition showed images of factory farms in Spain, England and Germany.

SEPTEMBER

Animal Equality investigators discover calves caged in tiny pens far past the eight-week legal limit on a UK dairy farm that supplies M&S, resulting in international media coverage. The RSPCA was called in to inspect all dairy farms supplying M&S.

JULY

iAnimal - The Dairy Industry in 360º. iAnimal takes on the cruel dairy industry with its third film in the series, narrated by actor Evanna Lynch.

JULY

Animal Equality uses drones to expose the devastating environmental impacts of factory farming. Our footage showed facilities across Catalonia, Spain full of toxic waste that is harming nearby residents and animals.

JULY

New investigation from Animal Equality brings to light the horrific and illegal cruelties inflicted on egg-laying hens in India.

JULY

Animal Equality introduces a legal initiative to criminalise animal abuse in Mexican state of Jalisco.

JULY

Celebrities and politicians join Animal Equality’s campaign for a #FoieGrasFreeGB, demanding that the UK Parliament bans the importation of foie gras on the day we exit the EU.

MAY

Animal Equality releases its first investigation inside Brazil’s egg factory farms.

MAY

Following our undercover investigations we teamed up with the famous Italian actor, Tullio Solenghi to launch a video message to protect lambs during easter holidays.

MAY

India introduces new rules, based on findings by Animal Equality, that prohibit the sale of cows and buffaloes at the nation's animal markets.

MAY

Thanks to footage taken by Animal Equality, a dairy farm worker in Somerset pled guilty to two counts of animal cruelty and received a 12 month suspended prison sentence, a two-year ban on working with animals and a fine.

MAY

Animal Equality releases shocking pictures from a chicken factory farm in Lower Saxony, Germany. The tragic fate of the chick Finn causes a stir nationwide.

MARCH

The European Parliament approves an initiative by MEP Stefan Eck aimed at ending cages for rabbits raised by the meat industry. Animal Equality supported the initiative with #BanRabbitCages.

MARCH

Legislation introduced in the Mexican Senate, on behalf of Animal Equality, will criminalise cruelty to farmed animals at the federal level and hold accountable those who abuse them.

MARCH

Animal Equality visits several farms across Mexico and documents systemic cruelty in the dairy industry. Our investigation revealed painful mutilations and forced pregnancies.

FEBRUARY

Shocking investigation inside the egg industry receives massive media exposure. Following this investigation the selling of eggs was dropped for an entire week according to the 'Asso Avi' president of the Italian egg industry.
2016

DECEMBER

Our second 360º virtual reality film, 42 Days, takes a behind the scenes look into the lives of chickens raised for meat. It is presented and narrated by actor Amanda Abbingdon.

NOVEMBER

Animal Equality celebrates 10 incredible years of helping animals thanks to the compassion of our supporters.

NOVEMBER

Animal Equality opens office in Brazil. Animal Equality's Executive Director in Brazil is Vivian Mocellin.

NOVEMBER

An extensive undercover investigation by Animal Equality inside 31 slaughterhouses in seven different states in Mexico reveals extreme cruelty against animals.

OCTOBER

Animal Equality launches the first film in its iAnimal virtual reality film series. Presented and narrated by actor Peter Egan.

OCTOBER

Animal Equality Mexico releases a shocking investigation into battery-cage egg farms, the first investigation ever conducted inside factory farms in Mexico.

OCTOBER

An Animal Equality investigation uncovers violent abuse of cows and their calves on a family-run British dairy farm.

SEPTEMBER

Four years after Animal Equality revealed some of the most severe animal cruelty ever witnessed on the El Escobar pig farm in Spain, the trial against the four defendants finds them guilty and sentences them to prison.

AUGUST

During an investigation into British chicken farms, Animal Equality investigators rescue a weak young bird who had been thrown into the rubbish skip still alive. She was taken to an animal sanctuary and named Gloria - and she survived!

JUNE

Animal Equality presents evidence in the EU Parliament from our investigations into rabbit farms, supporting a campaign to ban the battery-cage farming of rabbits.

APRIL

New investigation reveals the suffering of rabbits during live export and slaughtering in Italy.

JANUARY

Animal Equality investigators expose squalor and suffering on award-winning British pig farms linked to major supermarkets.

JANUARY

Animal Equality's virtual reality project iAnimal celebrates its international premiere during the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in the USA.
2015

NOVEMBER

Animal Equality conducts the first investigation inside industrial chicken hatcheries in Spain and documents the merciless treatment of millions of tiny chicks. Several tens of millions of people have seen the video on the internet.

NOVEMBER

An Animal Equality investigation in China reveals the brutal killing of dogs for their skins.

SEPTEMBER

In September 2015, Animal Equality focuses its efforts on farmed animals. As an animal protection organisation we want to make sure that our resources are being used to end the worst forms of animal suffering.

SEPTEMBER

We start our first program at Mexican universities, delivering free vegetarian guides to students from different universities in Mexico.

JUNE

Animal Equality collaborates with an Italian TV program to show millions of people shocking cruelty in several Italian pig farms and slaughterhouses.

MAY

Animal Equality uncovers cruel conditions in two organic laying hen farms that supply to Deutsche Frühstücksei GmbH, Germany's largest egg producer.

APRIL

The Mexican state of Jalisco prohibits the use of animals in circuses thanks to an initiative presented by Animal Equality and supported by local groups.

MARCH

Animal Equality rescues several animals from the Italian lamb meat industry, including little Basilico.

FEBRUARY

After an Animal Equality investigation, Mexico's Office of Environmental Protection seizes over 100 animals from a decrepit zoo called "Club of the Little Animals."
2014

DECEMBER

Animal Equality investigates German duck farms and the country's largest suppliers are forced to close for several months. Workers face possible legal consequences.

DECEMBER

On the heels of its investigations inside the lamb industry Animal Equality Italy exposed the suffering behind live animals transport direct to the slaughterhouses and rescue two lambs during the investigation.

DECEMBER

After an Animal Equality investigation into rabbit farms in Spain and Italy, The Terrace restaurant in London stops offering rabbit meat on their menus.

NOVEMBER

In November 2014, two of Animal Equality’s international directors Sharon Nunez and Jose Valle incorporate Animal Equality as a non-profit (501c3) in the United States.

SEPTEMBER

Due to the initiative presented by Animal Equality in October 2013 and with the collaboration of other local associations, Guadalajara city in Mexico prohibits the exhibition and use of animals of any kind in circus shows.

AUGUST

Animal Equality in Germany reveals what lies behind the promise of German meat company Edeka's seemingly transparent branded meat program.

AUGUST

The Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs passes a nationwide ban on the importation of foie gras as a direct result of Animal Equality’s investigations.

MAY

Animal Equality investigates more than 70 facilities across Europe that breed or raise rabbits for meat.

MAY

In a landmark victory, a nationwide ban on all performances of bulls, including bullock cart races, was introduced by the Supreme Court in India in May 2014 following the efforts of Animal Equality and other groups.

MAY

A directive issued by India's Ministry of Home Affairs reduces the number of large animals killed at the cruel festival of Gadhimai by 80%. The directive was issued after requests by Animal Equality.

MAY

For the first time ever coinciding with the celebration of the “Eid al-Adha”, also called the “Feast of the Sacrifice”, Animal Equality exposes to the public the extreme cruelty within the Halal meat industry in Italy.

APRIL

After investigations by Animal Equality, the consumption of lamb meat in Italy drops by 40% in 2014, and a further 50% the following year.

APRIL

A groundbreaking investigation filmed with hidden cameras shows once again the cruelty of the lamb industry in Italy. The investigators obtained unprecedented footage of slaughterhouses and lamb weighing. After this exposé 6 out of 10 Italian families ditch lamb meat for good during easter holidays.

MARCH

More than one hundred people gather in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin to commemorate all those animals who suffer in factory farming and die.
2013

OCTOBER

Animal Equality’s investigations in China succeed in closing a dog slaughterhouse and 33 dog and cat markets.

SEPTEMBER

In the summer of 2013, Animal Equality rescues six hens from an egg factory farm in Germany.

JULY

Thirteen circuses were investigated in the state of Jalisco which led to the confiscation of animals in very bad condition, and two initiatives prohibiting circuses in Guadalajara and Jalisco.

MAY

Animal Equality's investigators rescued Vita, a dog used for breeding, from a slaughterhouse in China and took her to Europe where she gave birth to nine babies a short time later.

APRIL

Animal Equality conducts the first widespread investigation into the dog meat trade in China. An investigator from Animal Equality Germany films at China’s dog markets and slaughterhouses.

MARCH

An investigation by Animal Equality Italy reveals unprecedented images of cruelty to lambs in farms and slaughterhouses. Following this investigation, lamb meat consumption decreased during Easter holidays.

MARCH

Over a period of ten months, Animal Equality investigates the zoo Schwaben Park and documents the suffering of the chimpanzees held there.

FEBRUARY

Animal Equality releases images from an investigation into the a monkey breeding facility. The animals were sold for vivisection labs across the world.
2012

DECEMBER

After the release of new footage inside foie-gras farms, the third best restaurant in the world, Mugaritz, is fined for using foie-gras coming from illegal farms.

DECEMBER

Animal Equality organises the first congress against repression in Spain.

DECEMBER

Animal Equality fills the center of Madrid with crosses in remembrance of the animals victims of human abuse.

DECEMBER

Animal Equality organises its fifth Animal Rights Day in the center of Madrid.

DECEMBER

Over 60 activists gather in front of the Pantheon to commemorate International Animal Rights Day. First action of this type in Italy. The demonstration received international media coverage.

NOVEMBER

Animal Equality’s suggestion of a sensor device to prevent elephant deaths due to train accidents was accepted by the Government of India. The device has been developed and is in experimental stage as of October 2016.

NOVEMBER

After another foie gras investigation by Animal Equality, the largest supermarket chain in Italy, COOP, decides to end the sale of foie gras.

NOVEMBER

An Animal Equality investigation into British pig farms results in the closure of Harling Farm and the prosecution of its workers for animal cruelty. They receive the longest sentence ever handed down for abuse of farmed animals.

SEPTEMBER

Animal Equality starts working in Mexico in 2012. Animal Equality’s Executive Director in Mexico is Dulce Ramírez.

JULY

Animal Equality begins many years of investigations into the foie gras industry. Our petition against foie gras production has reached over 100,000 signatures to date.

JUNE

Animal Equality presents an investigation uncovering the cruelty behind the capturing and killing of Tuna in Carloforte, Italy.

MAY

Thomas Hecquet, Vera Witke, Dani Schmid, Hendrick Hassel and other activists start Animal Equality in Germany. The Executive Director in Germany is Ria Rehberg.

APRIL

A crowded march against the use of animals in experiments brings hundreds of people together to fight the use of animals in laboratories.

MARCH

Human Meat Tray Demo in Barcelona, Spain.

JANUARY

On 14th January 2012, Animal Equality registers as an organisation in Italy. Animal Equality’s Executive Director in Italy is Matteo Cupi.
2011

DECEMBER

For its fourth Animal Rights Day, Animal Equality brings hundreds of activists together in Madrid.

NOVEMBER

Hundreds of people join Animal Equality to protest fur farming.

NOVEMBER

Animal Equality exposes the cruelty behind ritual killings in Melilla.

SEPTEMBER

Animal Equality releases an investigation inside ten Spanish zoos. The investigation gains national attention and sparks a national debate in Spain about zoos and aquariums.

SEPTEMBER

For the third year in a row, Animal Equality exposes the cruelty at the Tordesillas event in Spain.

JUNE

Animal Equality continues its work in London to educate people about the benefits of plant-based eating.

FEBRUARY

March against animal experiments in Catalonia, Spain.

JANUARY

Animal Equality starts working in India in 2011. Animal Equality’s Executive Director in India is Amruta Ubale.
2010

DECEMBER

Animal Equality commemorates Animal Rights Day with a shocking action at Leicester Square in London, United Kingdom.

SEPTEMBER

Animal Equality rescues five hens from a factory farm in Spain. The organisation is joined by animal activist and photographer Jo-Anne McArthur.

SEPTEMBER

For the third year in a row, Animal Equality releases hidden-camera footage of one of Spain's cruelest bullfighting events, Toro de la Vega.

MAY

Animal Equality presents its second investigation into Spanish pig farms. The organisation released a detailed investigation covering over 140 farms. The images captured by the organization were released in prime-time on Spanish television.

MARCH

Animal Equality carries out another shocking action against bullfighting. The organisation lowers a banner in Puente de Segovia, Spain.

FEBRUARY

A protest against fur farming brings hundreds of people together in Madrid.

FEBRUARY

Animal Equality carries out its second cat-walk disruption in Madrid, Spain to protest against the cruelty of the fur industry.

JANUARY

Dozens of activists protest inside a fur shop in Madrid, Spain.
2009

DECEMBER

For its second Animal Rights Day, Animal Equality brings together hundreds of activists from different European countries.

DECEMBER

Animal Equality carries out the first open rescue of lambs in Spain during Christmas Eve. The rescue is lived streamed becoming the first lived stream open rescue to be carried out.

OCTOBER

Animal Equality presents its first investigation inside the fur industry. The organisation releases footage inside several Spanish fur farms.

OCTOBER

On 16th October 2009, Animal Equality registers as a non-profit limited company (and in 2016 as a charity) in the UK.

SEPTEMBER

Animal Equality releases hidden-camera footage of one of Spain's cruelest bullfighting event, Toro de la Vega.

APRIL

Animal Equality lowers a banner against bullfighting in Seville.

FEBRUARY

Animal Equality carries out its first cat-walk disruption in Madrid, Spain to protest against the cruelty of the fur industry.

FEBRUARY

Animal Equality carries out an impactful protest against the fur industry. Several volunteers and two of the co-founders of the organisation chain themselves to a fur stall during the biggest fur fair in Spain. The action is covered by Spanish national television reaching millions of people.

FEBRUARY

Animal Equality carries out a protest against a judge who was shown hunting in the media.

JANUARY

Animal Equality carries out a protest against fur in a shopping mall in Seville, Spain.
2008

DECEMBER

Animal Equality carries out its first investigation inside Spanish slaughterhouses. Jose Valle, who would become Animal Equality’s Director of Investigations, visited five slaughterhouses in northern Spain and the images were shown in the media.

DECEMBER

Animal Equality rescues ten hens from a factory farm in Spain. The rescue of animals was viewed on television by over 2.5 million people on Spanish TV.

DECEMBER

Animal Equality commemorates Animal Rights Day in Madrid by honouring animals who suffer in factory farms and slaughterhouses. This action has been replicated by Animal Equality and other organisations around the world.

OCTOBER

Animal Equality activists jump into a bullring in Zaragoza, Spain, to protest the killing of bulls for entertainment.

OCTOBER

Animal Equality protests bullfighting in Zaragoza, Spain, by lowering a banner from the city's largest bullring. The action was covered by Spanish national television, as well as local papers, and reached millions of people.

SEPTEMBER

Animal Equality protests one of the most horrific bullfighting events in Spain by showing a banner that read "respect animals" from the sky.

SEPTEMBER

Animal Equality uses undercover hidden cameras to film the killing of a bull in Tordesillas, Spain.

AUGUST

Animal Equality carries out and presents its first investigation into pig farms. The footage revealed by the organisation showed the conditions suffered by pigs in Spain in a farm-related with Campofrio, one of Spain's biggest meat producers.

JULY

Animal Equality protests one of the biggest meat companies in Spain by carrying out a protest at their headquarters.

JUNE

Animal Equality lowers a banner reading "bullfighting abolition" from Barcelona's bullfighting ring.

MAY

Animal Equality lowers two banners from the world's most important bullring that read "Abolition."

APRIL

Animal Equality displays a banner at one of Spain's biggest symbols, the Osborne bull.

MARCH

Animal Equality protests the killing of seals in Canada at the Canadian embassy in Madrid.
2007

SEPTEMBER

Animal Equality carries out its first open rescue. Animal Equality was the first organisation in Europe to carry out an open rescue. Six pigs were rescued from a factory farm in Spain and brought to a sanctuary. Since its foundation Animal Equality has carried out many open rescues, saving over 100 animals.

MARCH

Animal Equality protests the killing of seals in Canada at the Canadian embassy in Madrid.

FEBRUARY

Animal Equality protests the use of animals in circuses in Madrid, Spain.
2006

NOVEMBER

Animal Equality uses a shocking action to represent the need for consumers to reject meat and other animal products. This protest has been replicated by organisations around the world.

OCTOBER

Animal Equality starts working in Latin America. The organisation creates groups of activists in different countries who carry out protests and distribute pro-veg leaflets.

OCTOBER

Protest in the Japanese embassy on the killing of dolphins in Japan every year.

SEPTEMBER

Animal Equality's first action was shocking and gained a great amount of media attention. Two of Animal Equality's founders, as well as two other activists, chained themselves to the entrance of a slaughterhouse in Madrid, Spain.

Animal Equality was founded in 2006 by Jose Valle, Javier Moreno and Sharon Nunez in Spain. Animal Equality's mission is to create a world where all animals are respected and protected.