Dutch Party for the Animals video


One of the political parties participating on 18 March 2015 in the elections in the Netherlands for provincial authorities and for water boards is the Party for the Animals.

This is a new video by them, uploaded on 2 February 2015.

It shows domestic pigs, kept in various ways. Featuring party leader Ms Marianne Thieme, and the slogan: For compassion; against cruelty. And the new butterfly-shaped party logo.

‘Don’t kill chickens, vaccinate them against bird flu’


This video says about itself:

FLU FACTORIES

1 January 2012

Crowding pigs into factory farms likely led to the emergence of the H1N1 swine flu pandemic. So far, millions of people have been infected and thousands have died. Learn the inside story on the origins of swine flu and ways we can help prevent flu pandemics in the future.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

But now also a chicken business in Ter Aar turns out to be infected [by bird flu]. Again, tens of thousands of chickens will be killed. Is that really the best way to fight the disease?

Just this week it was announced that vaccination is possible. Dutch researchers are the first scientists who have succeeded in developing a vaccine that can be administered on a large scale. One of the researchers, Professor of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmaceutics Erik Frijlink, explains that vaccination is a better way to prevent outbreaks of bird flu.

The vaccine has been developed on the basis of H5N1, but the technique is also applicable for H5N8, the ‘Hekendorp‘ virus.

How to see deer and wild boar


This video from the Netherlands is about how to see red deer, fallow deer, roe deer and wild boar in the wild.

Killer of boar piglets, saved from drowning, no longer a gamekeeper


This is a video from Limburg province in the Netherlands, about wild boar piglets which had landed in a canal.

Firefighters then saved them from drowning.

However, as soon as the animals were back on dry land, a gamekeeper killed them.

Limburg province authorities admit the gamekeeper acted illegally.

Translated from a Dutch police press release:

26-09-2014 | 16:21

Weert – Eight wild boars were taken by the fire brigade on Sunday, September 14th out of the South Willemsvaart canal. Five of them were found to be already dead. The three surviving animals were shot on the spot by a gamekeeper. This led to great public commotion.

Police have investigated this affair. This showed that the gamekeeper had not acted in full compliance with rules. He should have gone to the police first, according to the applicable rules.

Rules

Under these rules, animals may be killed if there is a threat to public order, to people or to animals. …

In response to all the fuss, the gamekeeper has handed in his Special Police credentials to the police. He will not act as such any more. The police have started an administrative procedure regarding the man’s weapon licence. The man will no longer work as a gamekeeper.

Firefighters save wild boar piglets from drowning, then gamekeeper kills them


This is a video from Limburg province in the Netherlands, about wild boar piglets which had landed in a canal.

Firefighters then saved them from drowning.

However, as soon as the animals were back on dry land, a gamekeeper killed them.

Limburg province authorities admit the gamekeeper acted illegally.

People in Limburg have started an Internet petition, demanding that the gamekeeper’s licence to hunt is canceled.

The petition (in English) is here.

Wild boar smell truffles, not acorns


This is a wild boar video, recorded in winter in Sweden.

Translated from Roelof Kleis in the Netherlands:

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Wild boar have a good nose for truffles. But not for acorns, says PhD student Lennart Suselbeek of Wageningen University. Looking for acorns they search randomly, according to research into how wild boar search for hidden acorns.

Suselbeek comes to that conclusion based on experiments in the lab and in nature. The aim of the study was to determine whether wild boar have influence on the way that wood mice hide acorns. Wild boars, like mice, love acorns. So they are competitors. But when it comes to defending its stock, the mouse is no match for the boar. It must be smart. They cannot be smart by hiding everything at the same place, but by making many different small stock sheds. So, risk spreading.