Breaking! Animal Rights Netherlands Releases Images Of Pigs Suffering In Filthy, Deplorable Conditions, As Government Debates Livestock Farming


With House of Representatives debate on animals in livestock farming in the Netherlands scheduled for tomorrow, Animal Rights Netherlands has released new images of live sows and their piglets enduring horrendous conditions in a stable on a farm in Venray.

In an email sent to WAN, the organization stated that it sent the images to the NVWA, requesting that it address the deplorable situation. Calling it the “standard” in the pig industry, the poor animals are forced to live in cramped cages on grates above a slurry pit filled with their own feces.

“When is a stable filthy enough for local government to intervene and close it down” questioned Animal Rights Director Susan Hartland, referring to the documented stable complex in which cobwebs are covered with dust, and dirt is intertwined with electric installations such as ventilation and lighting.

According to the organization, short-circuit and electrical problems are the main cause of stable fires in the Netherlands, and is one of the topics to be discussed during the meeting.

“Even without the abuses in these new images, the life of pigs in Dutch stables is unworthy,” noted Animal Rights campaign manager Erwin Vermeulen.

Tragically, 5.4 million piglets die annually in Dutch stables.

Yet, according to the organization, the Dutch Federation of Agriculture and Horticulture, LTO, and Dutch Association of Pig Farmers, POV, no longer addresses the issues but rather concentrates on shooting the messengers and calling animal rights activists “extremists.”

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