Recently, more than 20,000 pigs and 40,000 chickens have died unnecessarily in factory farm fires across the Netherlands.
The conditions at farms owned by Adriaan Straathof, where the latest fire took place, are already considered among the worst in Europe -- with animal brutality, cramped living spaces and poor transport conditions among the allegations levelled at Europe’s largest pig farmer.
This can’t go on: we need to crack down on factory farms across the continent and end the suffering of these intelligent, helpless animals.
Hundreds of thousands have already signed a petition to suspend Mr. Straathof’s license after 20,000 pigs burned to death on his farm, while a motion on fire safety was discussed in the Dutch parliament.
The momentum is in our favour.
Tell the EU to crack down on factory farms and member states to revoke licenses from animal abusers!
Animal rights group Wakker Dier said the recent fires bring the total number of animals killed in factory farm fires this year to 225,000 -- more than in 2016 as a whole. The organisation is calling for barns to be fitted with smoke alarms and sprinkler systems to reduce the death toll.
Adriaan Straathof, who has built a farming empire over the past 25 years, was banned from keeping pigs in Germany last year because of poor welfare conditions.
If his businesses continues to grow at this rate, it will inevitably crush smaller farms who play by the rules, while the sorts of practices seen at Mr. Straathof’s farms could become commonplace.
That’s why it’s so important we push governments and the EU to act on this now.
Together, SumOfUs members have stood up for animal welfare in the past. 300,000 members like you came together to tell pharma-giant MSD to stop investing in barbaric horse blood farms -- and we won.
Now let’s stand up for these defenceless animals and force the EU and national governments to act now!
Tell the EU to crack down on factory farms and governments to revoke licenses from animal abusers!