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The end of the Dutch mink farming industry - one of the largest in the world

The Dutch Party for the Animals’ proposal to ban mink farming was adopted by the Dutch parliament last week. This will put a stop to the Dutch mink farming industry: the world's fourth largest after China, Denmark and Poland. This spring, COVID-19 broke out in 17 mink farms in the Netherlands. Almost 600,000 minks were gassed to death prematurely to prevent further spreading. Although the governme...

Historic victory: European parli­a­mentary inquiry into live animal transport thanks to the Party for the Animals

Last Friday, a majority of the European Parliament voted in favour of the Dutch Party for the Animals’ request to establish an inquiry committee to investigate serious abuses during animal transports. It is the first time in history that a European parliamentary inquiry will be held into animal welfare. “This committee can put a stop to the cruel suffering of millions of live animals that are tran...

Esther’s Blog: Standing together against all forms of injustice loud and clearly

“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognise, accept, and celebrate those differences. It is not difference that immobilises, it is silence.”These words of author and civil rights activist Audre Lorde give us inspiration and support in our fight for a better world. Last month, millions of people from all over the world took to the streets with a clear message: racism...