The trade in exotic mammals is "alive and kicking" in the Netherlands, according to a study by animal protection foundation AAP. The foundation found 55 different breeds of exotic mammals for sale in the Netherlands, mainly online on Marktplaats and Facebook, but also at pet shops and animal fairs.
For the fourth year in a row, Max was the most popular name for a dog in the Netherlands last year. Simba was the most popular name for a cat, according to an annual overview by pet insurer Reaal Dier & Zorg.
The only new name in the dogs' top five is Lola in fifth place, according to. Second place went to Bella, third to Pip and fourth to Bo. Bailey dropped off the top 5.
From 2020 all new dogs in the Netherlands must get a passport, Minister Carola Schouten of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality announced on Thursday. The government hopes that this will help in the fight against illegal animal trade. Animal welfare and taking good care of animals is "everyone's moral duty", the Minister wrote in a letter to parliament, NU.nl reports.
In an effort to reduce the number of serious dog bites a year, the Netherlands may soon compile a list of "high risk" dogs for which stricter rules will apply, according to advise the council for animal affairs RDA sent to the government, RTL Nieuws reports.
The list of high risk dogs is still being prepared. For the list experts assess dog breeds on how likely they are to bite and what the impact of a bite can be. The owners of dogs on the list will be subject to stricter rules and measures.
The saying goes that good fences make good neighbors, but it seems that not even the best of fences can keep out loud music - the number one reason for fights between neighbors in the Netherlands, according to a study done by the Legal Assistance Information Center
Animal protectors are calling for a ban on the sale of animals in pet shops, garden centers and over the internet in order to avoid impulse buys. "Children and adults are misled by the cute little faces and only later discover that an animal takes time, space and energy", Steffie van Horck of the Queen Sophia Association for the Protection of Animals said
With the Netherlands' tradition of fireworks over New Year's fast approaching, many pet owners are looking for ways to help ease their pets' anxiety caused by the loud bangs and flashing lights. Veterinarian Erik Dirks from Breda warns pet owners not to give their dogs any medicine with acepromazine as active substance. According to him, these medicines are not dog-friendly
Veterinary organization KNMVD is warning bunny owners of an outbreak of Viral Hemorrhagic Disease that is killing rabbits in several places in the Netherlands, including in the Nijmegen, Groningen and Utrecht.
The city of Amsterdam is launching an experiment that provides free vet care to low-income households with a sick pet. This is to promote animal welfare and to prevent sick pets not getting help due to a lack of funds
Fifty people were injured in the fire that broke out in a cafeteria underneath a seniors complex on Otto C. Huismanstraat in Nijmegen this morning. Fifteen victims have been hospitalized, some of them with serious injuries, Het Parool reports. The building has been declared entirely uninhabitable, according to the Safety Region Gelderland-Zuid.
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