Meeting cow Gisela on the farm sanctuary Hof Butenland in the north of Germany and learning her story of use and abuse was the turning point in the life of Andreas, paving the way for a life-changing journey into animal rights activism. Ever since this day in 2012 he has been working with and for a number of animal rights organizations in Germany, like e.g. Animal Equality, Albert Schweitzer Foundation, Deutsches Tierschutzbüro or Erdlingshof on various projects. He also established the "Animal Activism Art Collection", which will be on permanent public display on the farm sanctuary Land der Tiere from 2019 on.
In early 2018 he co-founded the Tierrechtsaktivistenbündnis (Animal Rights Activists Alliance) with Caroline von Schwerin, Inga Laube and Markus Böhning. Their goal is to unite the diverse animal rights organizations in Germany (and beyond) in order to mobilize large numbers of activists for animal rights demonstrations that can no longer be ignored by society, media and the government. Their first success was their "Hand in hand for animal rights" ("Hand in Hand für Tierrechte") event in Hamburg in October 2018 with more than 3000 participants. The four activists are currently busy organizing this year`s Official Animal Rights March in Berlin on August 25.
As a separate project he runs Hofbegegnungen together with Caroline von Schwerin with the intention to increase the awareness of the concept of farm sanctuaries beyond the vegan sphere. With his latest endeavor [ziel.gerecht] Andreas is offering professional process and leadership consulting services exclusively dedicated to non-profit organizations.
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