Netherlands: Trainers kick and electric shocks against police dogs

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Netherlands: Trainers kick and electric shocks against police dogs

What happened in the Netherlands was sensational: the police arrested several people in Rotterdam and Rhoon for violence against animals. The investigation began after the Zembla television program in early March showed shocking images of the training, during which police dogs were kicked and beaten, or subjected to electric shocks.

Inspections have therefore begun in the 350 private clubs of the Royal Dutch Police Dog Association, where the four-legged officers are trained. According to Rijnmond, the training of these dogs is commonly done through the use of an electronic collar, through which they are given electric shocks.

In this regard, Minister Grapperhaus said that efforts are being made to reduce the number of animals being trained with this device as quickly as possible. According to Zembla's sources, many more KNPV private entities are guilty of cruelty to these animals.

Wil Blaas, president of the national council of the KNVP, said that since he took office in August 2020 he has received no reports of dog cruelty. However, Blaas admitted that it would be an illusion to think there is no mistreatment.

After 3000 years, 7 Tasmanian Devil puppies are born in Australia

It has not happened for over 3 thousand years that at least 7 Tasmanian Devil puppies were born in Australia: the species had in fact left the Australian mainland to migrate to the homonymous island, where the Devil became endemic, despite today its habitat is threatened.

The only specimens have continued to live and reproduce on the largest island in Australia, from which the species takes its name. The birth of the cubs took place in the Barrington Wildlife Sanctuary, an area of ​​400 hectares where there are 26 specimens.

The puppies are in good health. In total, there would be about 25 thousand specimens of Tasmanian Devil and in 2008 the species was included by the IUCN in the Red List among those in danger of extinction. Since the 1990s, the population has drastically decreased, mainly due to a facial tumor that affects only this species.

Through the official Instagram page, Wild.ark said: "The wilds of mainland Australia are experiencing a special kind of baby boom, one that hasn't happened here in more than 3,000 years. WildArk, in partnership with @aussieArk and @rewild, are celebrating the birth of 7 Tasmanian Devil joeys born into Aussie Ark's 400 hectare Barrington Wildlife Sanctuary.

The Aussie Ark team have been working tirelessly for the better part of 10 years to return Devils to the wild of mainland Australia with the hope that they would establish a sustainable."