Animal party bans poison in mice fight
17 January 2007, AMSTERDAM — The Dutch Party for Animals PvdD has forbidden the laying of poison to deal with a mouse infestation in its parliamentary offices.
17 January 2007
AMSTERDAM — The Dutch Party for Animals PvdD has forbidden the laying of poison to deal with a mouse infestation in its parliamentary offices.
The party, which campaigns for animal rights and compassionate farming, will only allow humane traps in the parliament wing where its offices are housed.
These traps allow the caught mice to be released unharmed, newspaper 'De Telegraaf' reported on Wednesday.
In November, the PvdD made its debut in the Lower House with two seats. The two MPs have been given office space that previously accommodated Christian Democrat CDA MPs.
The office space at the Dutch Parliament in The Hague is notorious for attracting mice.
"As yet, I have not seen a single mouse here", PvdD leader Marianne Thieme said. "But should there ever be a mouse plague, we would wish to combat it using traps that keep the mice alive".
The PvdD says it is the first animal rights party to be elected to parliament anywhere in the world.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news