Target: Ministry of Security and Justice, Netherlands
Goal: Applaud planned addition of 500 animal police officers
In 2011, the Netherlands was ranked as the fourth worst country for the safety and treatment of animals. That same year the government launched a new branch of the police force dedicated to animal cruelty cases. They began with 125 specially trained officials, but are continuing forward with plans to increase their numbers. The Netherlands is still ranked within the top ten countries for animal abuse, so an increase in animal police seems appropriate. The rate of animal cruelty in the Netherlands is disheartening and strict enforcement of laws must take place, but the inclusion of special police to protect animals is a step in the right direction.
The Netherlands is specifically noted for trading sick horses, abusing ducks, geese, and swans, and even an artist who chooses to mutilate and murder animals to create her art. In a country like this where animal abuse cases are highly contested by animal rights groups and the numbers of dogs and cats being abused do not seem to be making significant declines, the addition of more animal police is a good idea. The Netherlands plans to have 500 specially trained animal police officers in their service by 2015. Having a larger number of individuals trained to see animal abuse will hopefully help the Netherlands decrease their animal abuse problem.
Animal police receive instruction in specific areas such as recognizing animal suffering, animal cruelty legislation, confiscation of animals, and the proper procedures for reporting animal cruelty. The officers take action against animal cruelty and killing, sex with animals, animal pornography, neglect, poaching, and baiting. While the Netherlands’ record of animal abuse is glib, the current plans to increase dedicated and trained officials is a step in the right direction.
The Dutch government must make sure to strictly enforce animal welfare laws and it seems that the planned inclusion of 500 specially trained officers can get the ball rolling. Tell the Netherlands that you approve of its plan to increase the number of animal police and that you hope for greater enforcement of animal welfare laws.
Dear Ministry of Security and Justice,
Your government has responded to animal abuse cases by implementing a specially trained police force to recognize and respond to cruelty to animals. The current plan to increase the number of officers to 500 by 2015 is laudable. With an increased number of officials, I hope that greater attention will be paid to animal welfare and that animal welfare laws will be strictly enforced.
The Netherlands should not be in the world’s top ten countries for animal abuse. I hope that the increase in police officers will serve to advance the care and protection of animals in the Netherlands. Please be strong against animal abuse and put the specially trained police to good use.
[Your Name Here]
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