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Justitiële verkenningen

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Auteurs M.P.C. Scheepmaker

M.P.C. Scheepmaker
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De nieuwe Wet dieren: wie wordt er beter van?

Auteurs I.E. Boissevain en A.A. Freriks
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    In March 2008 the Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality put forward a bill on animal welfare and animal health to the Dutch Parliament. In this bill five acts on kept animals are integrated. The authors discuss whether the integration is a goal in itself or means to an end. In their view the choice of legislation involved in the integration is not a logical one, and it is questionable whether this integration is necessary at all. Furthermore, the bill in its present form is not an adequate instrument to attain the policy goals in the field of animal welfare and animal health.


I.E. Boissevain
Mr. ing. Iaira Boissevain is als junior universitair docent verbonden aan de Leerstoel Dier en Recht en tevens docent Gerechtelijke Diergeneeskunde bij de faculteit Diergeneeskunde van de Universiteit Utrecht.

A.A. Freriks
Prof. mr. Annelies Freriks is hoogleraar Dier en Recht aan de Universiteit Utrecht en tevens advocaat/partner bij AKD Prinsen Van Wijmen NV in Breda.
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‘There is no justice, just us’

Hoe de overheid dierenextremisme in de hand werkt

Auteurs E. Eskens
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    In recent years the Dutch radical animal movement has manifested itself through arson, threats and destruction of property. This article describes the rise of the radical movement and its tendency towards violence. While the animal movement has its roots in nineteenth century romanticism, the anarchism of the sixties and the squatting movement of the eighties gave way to a more radical animal movement. The anti-establishment movement of the sixties turned against intensive farming. When the punk movement of the eighties freed itself from an overwhelming sense of doom, it gave rise to a new attitude, which rejected drugs, alcohol, and meat. The so-called Straight Edge Movement developed into one of the driving forces behind the recent animal related violence. Hiding behind the facade of the Animal Liberation Front the activists are strongly convinced that they have morality on their side while targeting farms, cattle trucks, and animal test facilities. Many animal activists feel that Dutch law as it is, does not protect animals in a sufficient way. Another problem is that animal laws are hardly being upheld. Inspections of farms, slaughterhouses and transportation vehicles are rare, prosecutors usually give no priority to animal cases, and judges and the rare judicial sentences are usually extremely mild. This leads radical activists to a conclusion that one of them wrote on a wall: ‘There is no justice, just us’.


E. Eskens
Drs. Erno Eskens studeerde filosofie en politicologie en is uitgever en bestuurslid van stichting Dier en Recht Nederland. Hij publiceerde onlangs het boek Democratie voor dieren (uitg. Contact).

    In Dutch history five cases are known of animals that received the death penalty after ‘committing a crime’. Nowadays it sounds rather strange to present animals as offenders. Does that mean that no contemporary examples can be found of animals being presented as offenders? Before answering that question some outlooks on judicial and criminological ideas are presented on offending by human and other animals. Next the debate on invasive exotic species and the threats to biodiversity, health and other risks, and the discussion about the dangers regarding pit bulls is described in order to illustrate that in this day and age there still seems to be a risky anthropomorphic and anthropocentric tendency to present animals as offenders.


J. Janssen
Dr. Janine Janssen is hoofd onderzoek bij het Landelijk Expertise Centrum Eergerelateerd Geweld, dat is ondergebracht bij politie Haaglanden. Daarnaast is zij geïnteresseerd in de positie van dieren in de criminologie. In 2008 publiceerde zij ‘Hondenbaan’, over de geschiedenis en de werkzaamheden van de politiehond (Den Haag, politie Haaglanden).

    The notion that animal abuse and domestic violence are related has been existing for centuries. Recent studies in the United States, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands report evidence for this relation. In the western world, more than 50% of families have pets. They are often valued as members of the family. It is obvious that pets can be victims of family violence as well. The relation between animal abuse and domestic violence has many manifestations. Abused women reported violence against their pets, reported that their children abused the pets. Abused children, especially severely abused and/or sexually abused children, are more often than other children animal abusers. Animal abuse is often related to other violent behaviour or severe criminal acts later in life. Besides, animal abuse is an early diagnostic marker for psychopathology. Animal abuse is always a signal of a problematic situation. A greater awareness of the possible link between animal abuse and domestic violence could contribute to saving men, women, children and animals from violent situations.


M.J. Enders-Slegers
Dr. Marie-José Enders-Slegers is verbonden aan het departement Klinische en Gezondheidspsychologie van de Faculteit Sociale Wetenschappen van de Universiteit Utrecht.
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Auteurs N. Rozemond
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N. Rozemond
Dr. Klaas Rozemond is als universitair hoofddocent strafrecht verbonden aan de Vrije Universiteit te Amsterdam. Hij is auteur van Filosofie voor de zwijnen. Over het geluk van dier en mens (Veen Magazines, 2007) en van Het aardse leven. Een filosofische handleiding (Veen Magazines, 2009).
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