|Over the past five years Animal Freedom has been supporting
solely legitimate action methods against factory farming,
mainly through it's own website. The action group that
exerts itself for animal rights, was transformed into
a foundation on October 2nd 2003.
By taking this step the Animal Freedom Foundation hopes to keep the confidence of the public. It was considered a risk that Animal Freedom, due to it's name, could become confused with the rising number of illegal actions of foreign animal rights activists in The Netherlands. By causing economical damage to fur-farming and by making havoc and setting animals free, illegal actions in the eyes of both the public as well as Animal Freedom are counter-productive in the long run.
Animal Freedom has it's name because the organization
feels that the freedom to be able to behave in natural
ways, is a basic right for animals, just as it is for
humans. The English name is chosen because the group
directs itself to an international audience with a world
Bert Stoop, initiator, webmaster and now board member
of the Animal Freedom Foundation, is a psychologist.
Through hundreds of articles on the website he raises
the matter why in factory farming things have gotten
so much out of hand and what can be done effectively
and in a positive manner. The Dutch-based Foundation
states that in it's country of origin due to the Dutch
meat-production for export purposes (70% of Dutch
meat is sold abroad), the consumer prices for meat
from industrial farming are (too) low. Consumers therefore
are less inclined to pay for more responsibly produced
meat. The alternatives for industrial meat are eating
less meat that moreover has a biologically or ecologically
sound origin, and cooking nice vegetarian meals more
By gaining broader (financial) support for the newly established foundation, the people involved with Animal Freedom in future hope to increase the number of people that take freedom as a reference point for their attitude towards animals and thereby help to improve the fate of animals all over the world.