OUR HISTORY

CHANGING THE WORLD FOR ANIMALS


Since its 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 Animal Equality’s work in the last 12 years.

2018
MAY

MAY

Animal Equality released 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.

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.
MAY
APRIL

APRIL

In April 2018, Animal Equality released 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.
APRIL
MARCH

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
MARCH

MARCH

Animal Equality visits SXSW in Texas, USA, one of the words 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 minimize animal suffering during the cruel slaughter process.
MARCH
FEBRUARY

FEBRUARY

Animal Equality, in collaboration with the Spanish TV program Salvados, revealed 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 presented an investigation inside pig slaughterhouses in Italy.
JANUARY
JANUARY

JANUARY

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

DECEMBER

Animal Equality is named a Top Charity by Animal Charity Evaluators.

DECEMBER

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

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 hen 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
SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER

Animal Equality brought to the European Parliament in Brussels its complaint about the mistreatment of farm 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.
SEPTEMBER
JULY

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. Witness the secretive industry like never before.

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
JULY

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 legal initiative to criminalize animal abuse in Mexican state of Jalisco.
JULY
JULY

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
MAY

MAY

Following our undercover investigations we decide to team up with the famous Italian actor 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
MAY

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.
MAY
MARCH

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 criminalize cruelty to farmed animals at the federal level and hold accountable those who abuse them.
MARCH
MARCH

MARCH

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

FEBRUARY

Shocking investigation inside the egg industry get a massive media exposure, following this investigation the selling of eggs dropped for an entire week according to the 'Asso Avi' president of the Italian egg industry.
FEBRUARY
2016
DECEMBER

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 Kat Von D.

NOVEMBER

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

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.
NOVEMBER
OCTOBER

OCTOBER

Animal Equality launches the first film in its iAnimal virtual reality film series. Presented and narrated by artist and musician Tony Kanal.

OCTOBER

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

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.
SEPTEMBER
AUGUST

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.
JUNE
APRIL

APRIL

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

MARCH

For the third year in a row, Animal Equality is recognized by Animal Charity Evaluators for efficient work to help animals.
MARCH
JANUARY

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.
JANUARY
2015
DECEMBER

DECEMBER

For the second year in a row, Animal Equality is chosen as a ‘Top Charity’ by Animal Charity Evaluators and recognized as one of the three most efficient animal rights organizations in the world.

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
NOVEMBER

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 organization we want to make sure that our resources are being used to end the worst forms of animal suffering.
SEPTEMBER
SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER

We started 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.
JUNE
MAY

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.
APRIL
MARCH

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 seized over 100 animals from a decrepit zoo called "Club of the Little Animals."
FEBRUARY
2014
DECEMBER

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
DECEMBER

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 incorporated Animal Equality as a non-profit (501c3) in the United States.
NOVEMBER
SEPTEMBER

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
AUGUST

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
MAY

MAY

In a landmark victory, a nationwide ban on all performances of bulls, including bullock cart races, was introduced by the Supreme Court 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
MAY

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
APRIL

APRIL

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

APRIL

Animal Equality is chosen as a ‘Top Charity’ by Animal Charity Evaluators and recognized as one of the three most efficient animal rights organizations in the world.
APRIL
MARCH

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

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.
SEPTEMBER
JULY

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.
MAY
APRIL

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
MARCH

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.
FEBRUARY
2012
DECEMBER

DECEMBER

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

DECEMBER

Animal Equality organizes the first congress against repression in Spain.
DECEMBER
DECEMBER

DECEMBER

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

DECEMBER

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

DECEMBER

Over 60 activists gathered in front of the Pantheon to commemorate the International Animal Rights Day. First action of this type in Italy. The demonstration got 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
NOVEMBER

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.
NOVEMBER
SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER

Animal Equality started 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 100,000 signatures to date.
JULY
JUNE

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 Animal Equality in Germany. The Executive Director in Germany is Ria Rehberg.
MAY
APRIL

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.
MARCH
JANUARY

JANUARY

On January 14th 2012, Animal Equality was registered as an organization in Italy. Animal Equality’s Executive Director in Italy is Matteo Cupi.
2011
DECEMBER

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
NOVEMBER

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
SEPTEMBER

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.
JUNE
FEBRUARY

FEBRUARY

March against animal experiments in Catalonia, Spain.

JANUARY

Animal Equality started working in India in 2011. Animal Equality’s Executive Director in India is Amruta Ubale.
JANUARY
2010
DECEMBER

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 organization is joined by animal activist and photographer Jo-Anne McArthur.
SEPTEMBER
SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER

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

MAY

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

MARCH

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

FEBRUARY

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

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.
JANUARY
2009
DECEMBER

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.
DECEMBER
OCTOBER

OCTOBER

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

OCTOBER

On October 16th, 2009 Animal Equality registered as a non-profit limited company (and in 2017 as a charity) in the UK. Animal Equality’s Executive Director in the UK is Toni Shephard.
OCTOBER
SEPTEMBER

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.
APRIL
FEBRUARY

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 organization 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
FEBRUARY

FEBRUARY

Animal Equality carries 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.
JANUARY
2008
DECEMBER

DECEMBER

In 2008, Animal Equality carried 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
DECEMBER

DECEMBER

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

OCTOBER

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

OCTOBER

Animal Equality protests bullfighting in Zaragoza, Spain, by lowering a banner from the cities 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
SEPTEMBER

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 organization showed the conditions suffered by pigs in Spain in a farm-related with Campofrio, one of Spain's biggest meat producers.
AUGUST
JULY

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.
JUNE
MAY

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.
APRIL
MARCH

MARCH

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

SEPTEMBER

In 2007 Animal Equality carried out its first open rescue. Animal Equality was the first organization 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.
MARCH
FEBRUARY

FEBRUARY

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

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 organizations around the world.

OCTOBER

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

OCTOBER

Protest in Japanese embassy on 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.
SEPTEMBER

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