Dutch wildlife lives under protection of the contemporary Game Act, the Flora and Fauna Act and the Fishery Act. By these laws it does not matter how many animals are killed by hunting them, just as long as the species does not become extinct. Because these animals belong to the wildlife, their well-being does not have to be legally guaranteed. At most, rules are being formulated against illegal hunting methods, in order to fight poaching and amateurish hunt.
Besides "wildlife" there are animals that
do not live in freedom; animals that became domesticated
or are being kept as cattle. For these kinds of animals,
since the year 1992 The Netherlands have the Health
and Welfare Law for Animals.
Unlike a human being, the animal is not
a subject of justice: in our society it cannot carry rights
and duties. In our opinion in the Health and Welfare Law
for Animals an essential matter is being passed over,
that ought to be fundamental and natural for every living
creature, viz. to be entitled to freedom.
When it comes down to animals, man measures by two standards:
for wildlife other laws apply than for farm cattle.
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