The Netherlands has climbed two places on the annual list of the worst countries for animal abuse presented by the animal rights group Dierenhulp.
The Netheralnds moved from 6th to 4th place because of the way it treats sick horses, the internet trade in live animals and the granting of hunting licences to members of the royal family, reports the Telegraaf.
The numerous reports of abuse and mutilation of ducks, geese, swans, dogs and cats were also take into account.
Top of the list is Greece, followed by Spain and the Dutch Antilles.
The new government plans to install 500 specialist ‘animal cops’ to combat animal cruelty.
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