Jumbo supermarkets will stop selling live lobsters, after years of protest by animal rights activists. A large Jumbo branch in Utrecht will get no tank for live lobsters, and branches in Amsterdam, Breda and Veghel will stop selling them, RTL Nieuws 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.
Amusement park Efteling announced that it will no longer dye white pigeons different colors for fairy tale attraction 'The Bridal Dress of Genoveva'. Dyeing the pigeons no longer fits this time, the park concluded after years of social media calls from animal lovers and activists to stop this practice, Omroep Brabant reports.
Ever since 'The Bridal Dress of Genoveva' opened in 1957, Efteling has dyed the white pigeons in the fairy tale forest blue, pink, and green using a special paint. Now visitors will encounter the white pigeons in their natural state.
A 31-year-old Dutch man was sentenced to five years in prison by a British court for his role in a "intensive criminal campaign in Europe" against British animal testing laboratory Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS). He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to blackmail. His 30-year-old wife was given a 2 year suspended prison sentence, the BBC reports.
Animal protection organization Dierenbescherming stopped filming abuse on horse markets because of aggression employees face from horse traders. "We can no longer guarantee the safety of our people", Piko Fieggen of the organization said to NOS.
The dolphins in the Dolfinarium in Hardewijk are happy and well cared for, Dolfinarium veterinarian Niels van Elk said to BNR in response to protests outside the aquatic center on Tuesday.
Schiphol and Noord-Holland are still fighting for approval to gas thousands of geese in the area around the airport, despite a court ban. According to the airport and the province, gassing is the only effective way to get rid of enough birds that they no longer pose a risk to air traffic. They are heading back to court on Monday
The Netherlands has been referred by the European Commission to the European Court of Justice for failure to enact European legislation on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes.