Abigail Penny

Room B


Abigail Penny is the Executive Director of Animal Equality UK. Founded in 2009, Abigail heads up the UK branch of this global animal protection organisation, overseeing their groundbreaking investigations, innovative iAnimal 360 VR project, and strategic corporate and legislative campaigns to defend farmed animals.

Abigail was previously the Operations Manager for Animal Equality and prior to this had a successful career in project management. A committed vegan and animal activist, she leads the organisation with a passion for ending animal suffering in all its forms.

About the presentation

A chicken’s tale: Evoking empathy through story-telling

(Joint talk with Michelle Baxter Wickham)

Abstract: Chickens used for meat are one of the most exploited land species alive today. But why is this? What do they endure? And why, given the scale and severity of their suffering, are people so disconnected from their plight? By combining psychological theory, experience within the animal protection movement and real-life examples of rescued chickens, Abigail and Michelle will show how intelligent, friendly and sensitive these animals are, what living with them looks like and how we can use our collective power to protect them.

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