About Us

Who We Are & What We Do

Our vision is a society where exploitation and neglect of humans, animals and the environment are history.
We work according to four fundamental principles that provide an overarching statement of our beliefs. These provide philosophical guidance under which all other policy positions should be aligned to achieve our vision.

Our Values

We work to sustainably create humane and more pro-active communities

We put sentience, welfare and harmony with nature at the heart of our work​

We base our work on robust evidence​

We help people create a friendlier and more harmonious world​

Our History

As the world changes, so must we

The more we learn about the world around us, the more obvious it has become that no single topic concerning people, animals or the environment can be disassociated from the rest. As a result, OMU (ancient Greek word meaning ‘together’) evolved from core volunteers of CAWS (Cretan Animal Welfare Society, est. 1995) in order to provide a more holistic approach to the issues facing our society today.


Omu - Founders

Andy, Kerenza and Antonis


Omu Team

Rob Laidlaw CBiol MRSB

Excecutive Director Zoocheck Inc.

Omu Team

Janice Cox MBA

Co-founder World Animal Net

Omu Team

Joy Leney

International Humane Education & Animal Welfare Advisor

Omu Team

William Ellery Samuels

Doctoral Lecturer, Department of Educational Studies City University of New York


Omu Team

Marquis Federico Spinola

Omu Team

Sylvie Guillem

Multiple Award-winning and worldwide famous dancer

Omu Team

Sir David Madden

Former member of HM Diplomatic Service and British Ambassador to Greece. Senior Member of St Antony's College, University of Oxford and Trustee of Compassion in World Farming