Almost three out of four Dutchmen favour a more animal
and environmentally friendly approach in intensive livestock
Research by bureau TNS Nipo, initiated by Milieudefensie, a Dutch
environmental organisation, shows that people are not very happy with the
intensive livestock industry, says Wouter van Eck, campaign leader.
However, one could have a good discussion about the research's conclusions,
said chairman Wyno Zwanenburg of the Dutch union for the pig industry.
"I think the actual market is a better place to find out whether people
support intensive livestock industry," Zwanenburg says. "When I do that, I reach
the conclusion that many programmes for more environmentally or animal friendly
meat are dependent on subsidies, since the consumer refuses to pay for
Milieudefensie says the inquiry backs their points of view and will now
address the Dutch parliament.