Animal Equality

We are a team of committed and passionate advocates dedicated to creating a more compassionate world for animals.

Photo: Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals


Animal Equality was founded in 2006 by Sharon Nunez, Javier Moreno, and Jose Valle with one mission: to protect animals. The enthusiasm for and commitment to that mission has only grown since then and has enabled us to deliver impactful results for animals.

Today, Animal Equality is one of the most effective advocates for farmed animals in the world, working on four continents on behalf of farmed animals. We are working in countries where there is the most opportunity to create lasting, systemic change for animals. We work with society, governments, and companies so that we can achieve our vision: a world in which all animals are protected and respected.


What we stand for

As an international animal protection organization, we work to end cruelty to farmed animals.

Whether we’re working to educate the public on the horrific reality inside factory farms and slaughterhouses, asking governments to adopt laws that protect animals, or encouraging major companies to implement policies that benefit animals, we never lose sight of our main goal: reduce animal suffering.

Our vision

Animal Equality’s vision is a world in which all animals are respected and protected.

Photo: Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals

Our mission

Animal Equality is an international organization, working with society, governments, and companies to end cruelty to farmed animals.

Photo: Javier Gamonal

Our values

Animal Equality’s values are compassion, determination, and effectiveness.

Our team


As a global organization, Animal Equality has a network of offices in eight countries:
the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Spain, India, and the United Kingdom.



Sharon Nunez

President and Co-founder

Jose Valle

Co-founder and Executive Vice President

Javier Moreno

Co-founder and Executive Director, Spain

Antonia Vitale

International Director of Operations

Sean Thomas

International Director of Investigations

Thomas Hecquet

International Director of IT & Systems, Germany

William Rivas-Rivas

International Director of Philanthropy

Katie Arth

International Director of Corporate Outreach

Stephanie Nathanson

Director of Finance, United States

Abigail Penny

Acting Executive Director, Animal Equality UK

Amruta Ubale

Executive Director, Animal Equality India

Dulce Ramirez

Executive Director, Igualdad Animal Mexico

Vivian Mocellin

Executive Director, Animal Equality Brazil

Vera Witke

Acting Executive Director, Animal Equality Germany

Matteo Cupi

Executive Director, Animal Equality Italy


At Animal Equality, diversity and inclusion have been embedded in our values since we were founded in 2006. We seek to build a diverse organization of people regardless of their race, sexual orientation, religion, age, gender, disability status, or any other dimension of individuality. Our staff comes from across the globe, including 13 different countries and four continents.

In fact, 60% of all staff are female and more than 70% of leadership positions are held by women. And across the eight countries that Animal Equality works in, we hire locally so that we can best adjust our programming to maximize the impact on animals.


A multidimensional approach to helping animals. Animal Equality combines four different strategic approaches to ensure progress for animals.



countries offices


staff members working
to protect farmed animals


members supporting
our lifesaving work


committed volunteers
at an international level


people have taken action
with us to end animal abuse


followers on our
global social media


Animal Equality has received international recognition for its investigations, corporate campaigns, and innovative campaigns.


Animal Equality is considered one of the most effective and impactful animal protection organizations in the world according to Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE).

ACE is an independent non-profit dedicated to finding and promoting the most effective ways to help animals. Animal Equality has earned ACE’s Top Charity, its highest ranking, three out of the last four years.


Animal Equality is proud to be a GuideStar Platinum participant–the highest level.

GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations, providing in-depth non-profit organization profiles in order to promote more informed philanthropy. As a GuideStar Platinum participant, Animal Equality demonstrates quantitative metrics on the progress we’re making toward our mission of ending cruelty to farmed animals.

Best 360 video of German Video Awards

In June 2016, Animal Equality’s iAnimal film won the ‘Best 360° film’ by German Web Video Awards.

This important award was a recognition for all the hard work our investigators have put in while filming factory farms and slaughterhouses, and a proof that animals are becoming more visible in society.


What others say about us

I believe it's our right to know what is really happening behind closed doors. And now, thanks to Animal Equality's investigations, we have the power to see, understand, and take action.

Kat Von D

Artist and enterpreneur

We'd love to hear from you!


Yvette Bustamante

Operations Coordinator

+1 (424) 250-6236

[email protected]

Photo: Santuario Igualdad