The basic principles of BIJ1 are radical equality and economic justice. This includes animal rights. Every animal is an individual, with the right to life and welfare. In a society based on equality, there is room for animals to exhibit natural behaviour and no longer be seen as a product or entertainment. In order to achieve this equality, measures are needed to combat animal suffering. Fishing and the bio-industry must be restricted. We also want changes in the areas of animal experimentation, hunting and fur trade. To ensure animal welfare, BIJ1 proposes the following solutions.
AN END TO THE BIO-INDUSTRY AND SUFFERING IN FISHERIES
- The unsustainable bio-industry must come to an immediate end. Investment will be made in plant-based and sustainable agriculture. The number of animals that can be kept will be considerably reduced.
- There will be a legal requirement for adequate space, grazing, free range, social contact, adequate shelter and the right to natural behaviour of animals.
- There will be a ban on all forms of beak mutilation of chickens and turkeys. The docking of tails will also be banned immediately, as will the dehorning of animals.
- Transports of animals must not exceed two hours. At extreme temperatures the transports stop completely.
- Stables and slaughterhouses are provided with permanent camera surveillance. Sprinkler systems and escape routes for stables will become compulsory.
- Slaughter methods that cause additional unnecessary suffering, such as the stunning of pigs with CO2, will be banned with immediate effect. The pace of slaughter will also be considerably slowed down. We are encouraging society to adopt a plant-based diet as much as possible, so that slaughter can be phased out wherever possible.
- There will be a ban on the methods of catching and slaughtering fish that cause unnecessary and often prolonged suffering. The live cooking of animals such as lobsters and shrimps will also be banned.
- More and more protected areas are being designated where fishing is not permitted.
- The requirements for the ‘Better Life’ hallmark are considerably increased. Animal products without this quality mark may no longer be sold in the short term.
- The planned ban on ‘enriched cages’ for hens will come into force immediately and the use of ‘colony cages’ will no longer be permitted.
ANIMALS ARE NOT ENTERTAINMENT OR A PRODUCT
- The rights of animals will be enshrined in the constitution.
- The production, import, export and sale of fur ceases. Expansion of fur farms is not allowed.
- Animals are not there to entertain people. Zoos and aquariums are transformed into (temporary) shelters for animals that cannot (yet) sustain themselves in their original habitat.
- Traditions in which animals are bullied and mistreated, such as ‘kallemooi‘ and ‘zwijntje-tik‘, are banned.
- The sale of animals in pet shops is discouraged. Referral to an asylum or shelter becomes the alternative. The trade of animals via the internet and markets will also be banned in order to prevent impulse purchases.
- There will be stricter rules for the breeding of animals. For example, there will be an obligation for breeders to obtain a licence and the breeding of animals will cease on the basis of external characteristics in connection with animal health risks.
- Hobby hunting will be banned immediately.
- Actions against poaching are being stepped up. Animals in the wild must not be killed. Only in extreme cases, such as serious injuries or an immediate threat to the survival of other species, can an exception be made.
- Considerable investment is being poured into alternatives to animal testing for medical purposes, so that these can be phased out completely as soon as possible. Cleaning agents will be completely free of animal testing. Cosmetic brands will not be allowed to use ingredients that are tested on animals for other products. The Netherlands is committed to stopping animal testing at an international level.