Peter Davies elected as new president of Eurogroup for Animals
Posted on 10/10/2012
Major General Peter Davies CB has been elected as the next president of Eurogroup for Animals following an extraordinary general Assembly held in Brussels today. He is a well-known and active campaigner in the field of animal welfare and has been involved in many organisations in the sector.
Following his military career he held the position of Director General at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), one of the UK's largest charities for eleven years before joining the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) as Director General, having served on its Board of Directors (1991-2002). He is currently the Chairman of The Brooke from which he is due to step down in 2013.
Speaking about his appointment as president, Mr Davies said that he is very honoured and delighted to be appointed president and that he looks forward to working closely with the Eurogroup member societies and staff to carry out the objectives of Eurogroup’s strategic plan and the strengthening of the European network. “I aim to place animal welfare high on the agenda in the coming months”, he said, “for there are many issues that can only be solved on the EU stage. MEPs may expect to be approached from all corners by Eurogroup, by the Eurogroup staff for the provision of information and expertise and by Eurogroup’s national and international members who speak for millions of animal welfare supporters across the globe; I will coordinate and lead this operation.”
Mr Davies succeeds John Rolls, who successfully led the European network for two years, but stood down from his post following his retirement from the RSPCA earlier this year.