National Post, Canada, March 4th 2011
Animal abusers in the Netherlands will have more to worry about as lawmakers in that country introduce 500 police officers dedicated to monitoring animal rights.
The taskforce was inspired by Animal Cops, a TV show on Animal Planet that chronicles the work of animal rescue officers in the U.S. The Dutch initiative was championed by Geert Wilders, Holland’s influential far-right lawmaker, and a small animal rights party that holds seats in that country’s upper and lower houses.
Germany’s Der Spiegel has more in this article:
As part of the government coalition agreement signed in the Netherlands last fall, Wilders pushed for the 3,000 officers who were once slated to be cut from the police force to be retained, but with 500 of them reassigned to work on animal welfare issues. It was reportedly the pet issue of Dion Graus, a PVV member of the House of Representatives.
The new “animal police” will consist of regular police officers, with the same powers, but with special training that is still being developed, said Job van der Sande, spokesperson for the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice. The first 100 should be in place by the end of the year.