Published: 12:05 – May 22, 2019 – By Annie Schreijer-Pierik, MEP (NL, EPP Group)
The extremists target animal farmers even though these farmers follow the EU and national laws on animal welfare.
The EU and Europol should step up the fight against international animal rights extremists. It is utterly unacceptable that these activists broke into farms and sent threats to farmers, like we have seen in The Netherlands.
These extremists target animal farmers even though these farmers follow the EU and national laws on animal welfare. The activists demand stricter rules on animal welfare, though the EU and Dutch regulations are already among the strictest in the world.
Last week over 100 activists from several countries occupied a pig farm in Boxtel, in the South of the Netherlands. Due to the stress caused from this action, pigs trampled their piglets and gave birth prematurely. Unfortunately, it took the police several hours even to start removing the activists, of which a handful were arrested. The incident has severely affected the family of the farmer and others.
Following this incident, dozens of Dutch farmers, including myself, received threat letters, written in English and/or in Spanish.