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.
Police in the Netherlands will begin testing suspects held in violent crimes for drug and alcohol use beginning on Saturday when a new law authorizing the additional testing comes into effect. Before a suspect may be tested, police must already have suspicion that the offense was committed under the influence, the government stated.
Someone broke into Artis Zoo in Amsterdam on Sunday night and stole 10 of 14 pelican eggs. They also broke one pelican's leg, which resulted in the animal dying, and seriously disrupted the group of birds during breeding season. The Amsterdam zoo filed charges of animal cruelty, theft and vandalism, the zoo announced on Wednesday, ANP reports.
So far no suspects were arrested. The incident was also not caught on camera.
The Friesland police arrested a 20-year-old man from Drachten after 23 dead dogs and 4 dead rabbits were found in a warehouse in Holwerd where he traded puppies from, AD reports.
The man offered sick and neglected puppies for sale on Marktplaats, and sold them with false ownership papers. The police also found nie live puppies and 16 adult dogs in the warehouse on Grandyk. The dogs were rescued and transferred to a shelter address.
Customs officers at Schiphol airport found 259 reptiles hidden in four suitcases at the airport. Ten of the animals were dead. Three Spanish suspects were arrested, the Dutch food and consumer product safety authority NVWA announced.
Seven black and white kittens were crammed into a small transport cage and left in the trash in Spinnerhof, Purmerend on Thursday, the Purmerend Animal Ambulance said on Facebook.
Three abandoned kittens were picked up in Pieter Baststraat in Amsterdam on Thursday morning. The kittens were completely covered in glue or some other kind of adhesive, according to the Animal Ambulance Amsterdam.
Five Friesland residents confessed to their involvement in the mutilation of a pregnant porpoise found in Sexbierum, Friesland last week. The mammal was ripped apart on February 29 after it was likely dragged behind a moving car, and its unborn calf was found dozens of meters awa
A Scottish Highlander bull roaming the forests near the Rijen in Brabant was shot in the neck with an arrow on Sunday. Authorities believe that the arrow came from a longbow, but do not yet have a suspect.
Aldermen and Mayors of 24 municipalities in The Netherlands have sent a letter to the State Secretary of Economic Affairs, Sharon Dijksma (PvdA) asking for urgency in the matter of banning wild animals from circuses.
In Utrecht, a hiker discovered 11 kittens trapped in a sealed box in the Kanaleneiland neighborhood last night. RTV Utrecht reports that the kittens have been delivered to the animal ambulance, who reported of the incident on Facebook.
Animal Welfare organization Vier Voeters is shocked over the assumed mistreatment of male calves in the production of buffalo mozzarella in Italy. Buffalo mozzarella is available in every supermarket and is especially popular with vegetarians, writes Nieuws.nl.
Supermarkets in The Netherlands are still, despite promises to change the situation, selling broiler chickens. Animal rights organization Wakker Dier reports that most supermarket stalls are still full of factory farm chicken meat.
A dead swan was discovered in the Transvaalbuurt area of Arnhem by passers-by on Sunday.
A 28-year old man from Lieshout was arrested Thursday afternoon in Helmond after it appeared that he took a brooding swan from the Warande nature area.
A cat got her head blown off by fireworks on Sunday.
Two men from Leeuwarden assaulted a dog in such a way, that a vet had to euthanize the pet.