Volunteer translator/web editor
When I was a small child, in Germany, I could witness on the farm of my grandparents how harmonious a life with animals can be. They were not only seen as ‘meat producers’, but treated with respect and kept appropriately. That this is not the case everywhere, however, I was already aware of. In the 90’s, I saw the shocking reports about mass production and transport of animals by Manfred Karremann. I immediately realized that I needed to do something about this dreadful development. One consequence was that I have been a vegetarian since I was thirteen years old. In 2008, I met our EonA director Lesley during my volunteer work for Animals' Angels in Germany. Since 2010, I have been working voluntarily for Eyes on Animals doing translations to German and posting articles on the website amongst other activities. Helping Eyes on Animals improve animal welfare was a long-awaited wish come true for me.
Volunteer communications manager/horse inspector
"The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?" This question posed by philosopher Jeremy Bentham, articulates for me the essence why I want to work for better animal welfare. I want to stand up for the interests and natural needs of farm animals because they cannot do so themselves. From 2010 to mid-2014, I was chairwoman of Eyes on Animals. Since that time, as a (voluntary) communications manager, I try to generate publicity for Eyes on Animals' welfare initiatives. I designed the social media strategy and keep oversight over the (new) website. Furthermore I engage in lobby talks for certain projects with industry members, authorities and sometimes politicians. Also, I am regularly in the field as an animal welfare inspector specializing in horses.
Since 2012, I work as a freelancer for Eyes on Animals during the training sessions and inspections of farms, markets and long distance transports in Hungary, where I live. I have a master's degree in Ethology, from the University of Edinburgh. I am proud to work for Eyes on Animals. Hungary is an important country within the EU farm animal trade: many international transports pass through this country. Therefore, in the long run, Eyes on Animals' trainings of Hungarian highway police on Animal Welfare & EU Regulations can improve enforcement of animal welfare laws. The same goes for the Animal Welfare Workshops for truckers: this can mean a great deal for individual animals on board of trucks and also encourages truckers to learn from each other and promote best practices in the handling of animals.
Volunteer photographer/web developer
The welfare inspectors of Eyes on Animals are in the field, in the cattle industry, witnessing the daily living conditions of farm animals. On farms and during transports, they see scenes that not many people know of. Through their inspection reports, but also with photographs and videos, they show the good and the bad practices, with the goal of encouraging the best possible welfare conditions for animals that are kept for their meat or dairy. As a photographer with a heart for animals, I sometimes accompany the inspectors of Eyes on Animals and let them use my photos for free. Also, as a web developer, I have designed this new site for Eyes on Animals (also see: www.jacktummers.nl and www.webkompaan.nl).
Volunteer web developer
Since 2014 I am part of the Eyes On Animals team, lending a hand with the maintenance and development of the website. Eyes On Animals stands for the things closest to my heart: standing up and acting on behalf of the most vulnerable beings on our planet, those who don't have a voice themselves. The capacity to suffer is in no way limited to human beings and anything I can do to help reduce the suffering of any animal to me is something I take on with open arms.