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Reports of animal cruelty continue to rise
The number of reports of animal cruelty received by Flanders’ animal welfare service hotline (02.524.74.11) continues to rise. In 2014, there were 956 reports of animal abuse, or nearly 87% on a total of 1,102 calls, reports De Zondag based on figures from the environmental administration of the Flemish government.
In 2010, 12.5% of the 893 reports to the animal welfare service were concerning animal abuse. This number has only gone up in recent years, from 51% in 2012 to 86.8% last year, a record high.
"It’s true that a hotline generates more calls as its existence becomes better known,” admits spokeswoman Brigitte Borgmans. “But people are also becoming more and more sensitive to animal suffering.” Most of the reports have to do with lack of proper shelter and care for the animals.
Animal welfare minister Ben Weyts is currently preparing a campaign to raise awareness of the responsibilities involved in keeping an animal.