Dutch Parliament debate about animal husbandry
In the Netherlands, Parliament has been told to have a debate about the end
of animal husbandry.
The Dutch Parliament was compelled to do so by an
initiative by an action group called 'Friends of the Earth'. The group managed
to collect a sufficient amount of signatures to put up the so-called citizen
A spokesman of Friends of the Earth said about 75,000 people signed for the
initiative, whereas only 40,000 are required. More were to be expected, he said.
plans to offer its initiative to Dutch Parliament shortly after Christmas; then
Parliament will judge whether the proposal meets its requirements.
The group hopes to push animal husbandry in 'a more durable direction'.
Campaign leader Wouter van Eck said, "It's about improving animal welfare. The
Netherlands should be among the first in this respect." Sweden and the UK are
good examples, in his view.
â€¢ Friends of the Earth
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