Dirk Verdonk

Dirk Verdonk is Head of Programmes of the Dutch office of World Animal Protection and chair of the Dutch Animal Coalition. He worked on a range of issues, including farm animals, fur farming, bullfighting, wild animals used for entertainment and dogs. Moreover, he lobbied for the inclusion of animal welfare in the OECD-FAO Guidance on Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains and the policy instruments of the UN Committee on World Food Security. Currently, his main focus is to move the financial sector in The Netherlands to become more animal friendly. Verdonk obtained a PhD at Utrecht University, with a study about the history of vegetarianism in The Netherlands as a human-animal relationship. He is also author of Dierenrechten (‘Animal Rights’), published by Amsterdam University Press in 2016.