The police and national animal protection inspectorate LID rescued 49 cats and five skunks from a home in Nieuwkoop last week. The animals were poorly cared for and lived in very dirty surroundings, LID said in a statement, calling it "a serious form of animal neglect".
Minister Carola Schouten of Agriculture is intervening at Dutch slaughterhouses after another undercover video was published showing workers at a slaughterhouse in IJsselstein beating pigs and pulling crippled animals by the tail. Schouten was shocked by the video. "You cannot use violence against animals. This is unacceptable," she said to RTL Nieuws.
The video was released by RTL Nieuws on Friday. It shows slaughterhouse employees beating the animals in their care, sometimes with inspectors from Dutch food safety authority NVWA watching on or even participating.
Three men and a woman from the province of Utrecht were convicted for organizing dog fights, animal abuse, and breeding fighting dogs. One was given a prison sentence, the rest various lengths of community service. They are also banned from owning dogs for three years, NOS reports.
The court considered it proven that the four organized and filmed at least four dog fights in Amersfoort, Zeist and Soest.
All companies in the Netherlands that hatch chickens for meat are guilty of animal abuse, according to a not-yet-published ruling from the Ministry of Agriculture that the Volkskrant has in its possession. After hatching, nearly 500 million chicks per year run the risk of being left without food and water for an unnecessarily long time. The hatcheries have five years to rectify this, according to the newspaper.
This decision follows a lengthy court procedure filed by animal welfare organization Wakker Dier in 2013.
Employees of he Animal Ambulance in Amsterdam were horrified when a Persian cat was found alive, and dumped in Amsterdam Zuidoost on Sunday. The cat was found in a box among rubbish, covered in filth and excrement, and too scared to move, the Animal Ambulance said on its website.
Authorities investigating a report of a puppy being kicked to death for no apparent reason said the person who told the story made up the incident. The person walking the dog, a young boy with a developmental disability, pulled the leash too hard killing the animal, according to AD.
"Presumably an unfortunate coincidence led to the death of the dog," police said in a statement later on Tuesday.
The police are looking for a man who kicked a dog to death for no apparent reason in Tiel on Monday evening. The owner was walking the dog when they were approached by the man. He immediately started kicking and beating the dog, RTL Nieuws reports.
The attack happened in a parking lot in the Passewaaij district. According to Omroep Gelderland, the suspect is 1.95 meters tall and was wearing a balaclava with red holes.
A Malinois Shepherd was found caged and abandoned at a carpool spot on Zandveldseweg in Nieuwegein on Sunday. The police posted photos of the dog on Facebook, in the hopes that the public can help them find her owner.
Little is known about the dog. All the police can say is that she is a female. "Her age is estimated at around 2 years old, she isn't chipped", the police said to RTL Nieuws.
The dog was taken in by the local animal ambulance and she is in "good hands" the police said.
Around a hundred activists occupied a pig farm in Boxtel on Monday in a protest meant to draw attention to animal suffering in the Netherlands. A few dozen farmers also gathered for a counter protest. The police eventually put an end to the action. Dozens of protesters were arrested, NU.nl reports.
The police found dozens of dead animals while checking a barn in the Gelderland town of Leuvenheim on Monday. The carcasses included four ponies, four goats, one calf, and dozens of birds, the police said in a statement.
A number of neglected, but alive, animals were also found in the barn on Spankerenseweg. According to the police, these animals are "in desperate need of the proper care and accommodation". The police launched an investigation and filed an official report against the owner of the barn.
Inspectors from the Netherlands' national inspection service for animal protection LID and officers from the animal police confiscated 100 dogs from a breeder in Deventer last week because of the horrible conditions the animals were kept in, Animal Protection announced on Tuesday.
The police are investigating footage made during a dog show in Eindhoven this weekend that shows men touching female dogs on their genitals. The footage was recorded by animal protectors from House of Animals, who went to the dog show undercover and gave the footage to the police and RTL Nieuws.
The video shows at least three men touching three different English bulldog bitches on their genitals. "These are sexual acts and it is bizarre that this is done to calm a dog for such a show", Karen Soeters of House of Animals said to the broadcaster.
Animal Rights released a new video showing abuses on Dutch chicken farms. The video shows bald and weakened laying hens that can hardly walk. It also shows dead chickens in the stables, some in an advance state of decomposition.
This new video was filmed with hidden cameras in Flevoland, Noord-Brabant, Gelderland, Limburg and Vlaanderen, according to L1. The Limburg locations concern stables in Nederweert and Oirlo, the regional broadcaster reports.
Agricultural organization LTO Nederland and the producer organization for pig farmers POV are planning to take action against animal rights organization. They will help farmers in filing charges against wat they call "animal extremism", De Gelderlander reports.
A legislative proposal to ban perpetrators of animal cruelty from owning pets for up to 10 years was submitted by Ministers Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security and Carola Schouten of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. They hope that this bill will prevent animal cruelty and repetition in perpetrators, ANP reports.
A video surfaced showing serious abuses at duck breeding companies in the Netherlands, specifically when the animals are being caught and transported. Animal rights organizations are horrified, RTL Nieuws, who published the video, reports.
The video, made by Animal Rights last winter, shows a young duck being stomped to death, ducks being brutally crammed into crates, and being grabbed by their wings and legs. It also shows two employees throwing a young duck between each other in what seems to be a game.
Dutch slaughterhouses do not always care about animal welfare. Pigs drowning in piping hot water and calves being skinned alive are among the cruelties inspectors found, RTL Nieuws reports based on documents requested from the Dutch food and consumer product safety authority NVWA.
On Tuesday the animal police, working with the national inspectorate for animal protection LID and the Public Prosecutor, seized 47 dogs and puppies in a commercial building in the municipality of Hof van Twente. The animals were found in appalling conditions and all showed signs of neglect, the police said in a statement.
A 63-year-old man from the same municipality was arrested for illegal trade in dogs and withholding the necessary care.
The police, with the help of the Koninklijke Marechaussee and bystanders, arrested a 58-year-old drunk driver from Hoogerheide on Sunday night. The man drove several kilometers on his trike, dragging a dog behind it. He hit at least two cars, the police said in a statement on Monday morning.
Vlogger Sven van der Meulen from Meppel unmasked four men trying to make appointments to have sex with animals in a new episode on his YouTube channel. According to him, one of the men was until recently a faction leader in a municipal council for a national party in the Netherlands.
The Amsterdam college of mayor and aldermen wants to introduce a permit requirement and stricter rules for all events in the city involving animals. In this way the city wants to keep track on events in which animals are used, as well as make sure that they are properly cared for.
A 17-year-old boy was caught in the act of sexually abusing a horse in Hoorn on Friday night. He was arrested, the Telegraaf reports.
The boy was caught with the help of a group of concerned horse owners in Hoorn, after several horses were abused in the town over the past two years. In one stable, camera footage caught a man in a hoodie sexually assaulting horses and even a guinea pig in four separate incidents over the past year, according to the newspaper. Horse owners in Wognum and Worner also found their horses abused.
After 'arresting' an escaped bull on Friday, the Amsterdam police also had to deal with a camel in the Red Light District on Saturday. A group of men marched the camel through the famous Amsterdam neighborhood as part of a bachelor party. The camel supervisor was arrested for an outstanding fine, Het Parool reports.
Economic Affairs State Secretary Martijn van Dam and slaughterhouses in the Netherlands came to an agreement on voluntary camera supervision to monitor against animal abuse. The cameras will make sure that there is a good view on all actions involving living animals. "You must be able to see every step in the process", Van Dam said to broadcaster NOS.