Philip Lymbery

Philip Lymbery is chief executive of leading international farm animal welfare organization, Compassion in World Farming (CIWF), and Visiting Professor at the University of Winchester (England). His book, Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat, written with then Sunday Times journalist, Isabel Oakeshott, was published by Bloomsbury in 2014. The book was chosen as one of The Times Writers’ Books of the Year, and was cited by the Mail on Sunday as a compelling ‘game-changer’. It was published in six languages, gained international acclaim and earned him a reputation as one of industrial farming’s fiercest critics.

He’s been described as one of the food industry’s most influential people, spearheading work by CIWF with over 700 food companies worldwide and improving living conditions for over three quarters of a billion farm animals every year.

Lymbery is a lifelong wildlife enthusiast, and he spent 10 years as professional wildlife tour leader, traveling to places like The Seychelles, Costa Rica, the USA and Europe. He played leading roles in key reforms across Europe, including bans on some of the cruelest factory farm systems, such as veal crates for calves and barren battery cages for laying hens, and chaired industry talks that ended mass live calf exports from Britain. He is a licensed bird ringer for the British Trust for Ornithology, and was also a recipient of the 2015 ‘International Golden Dove’ peace prize in Rome.

Lymbery lives in a Hampshire country village with his wife Helen, stepson Luke, Duke the rescue dog and flock of ex-battery hens.



Dead Zone: Where the Wild Things Were

Today many animals face extinction and it’s not only climate change and habitat destruction that are to blame. The impact of consumer demand for cheap meat is equally devastating and it is vital that we confront this problem if we are to stand a chance of reducing its effect on the world around us.

We are falsely led to believe that squeezing animals into factory farms and cultivating crops in vast, chemical-soaked prairies is a necessary evil, an efficient means of providing for an ever-expanding global population while leaving land free for wildlife. Our planet’s resources are reaching breaking point: awareness is slowly building that the wellbeing of society depends on a thriving natural world.

Dead Zone: Where the Wild Things Were takes us on an illuminating investigative journey across the globe, focusing on a dozen iconic species individually in turn to understand the role that industrial farming is playing in its plight. This is a passionate wake-up call for us all, laying bare the myths that prop up factory farming before exploring what we can do to save the planet with healthy food.