Animal Labour Union

Cows produce milk, chickens lay eggs, a police dog assists in maintaining order. A bee pollinates the flowers in the area and a pig grows to end up as meat. All forms of animal labour. Animals that have an added value, provide a service or a product to his or her owner and employer.

Recognition and better conditions

The Animal Labour Union strives for recognition of (a form of) labor rights for working animals. In doing so, we are doing nothing other than what the traditional trade unions were once aimed at: striving for a fair balance of power between employer and employee in the workplace.

We also fight for better working conditions. Working animals have the right to a safe living and working environment, free time and pension. Maternity and parental leave is also a theme. In addition, the trade union for animals wants attention for (limiting) the production capacity of the animals.

A baby with obesity

A baby with obesity

In 1957, a chick at slaughter weighed just under a kilo, 900 grams. She was then 56 days old. Thirty years later, this weight is already...

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Justice for all animals

Justice for all animals

In a Dutch TV show I was asked about my motivation for writing my book 'How many holidays does a pig have?" Justice, I replied. It's just...

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About Animal Labour Union

The Animal Labour Union represents the animal workers in animal husbandry. Animals that provide a product or service to their employer, who…


Working Animals

Animals that provide (financial) added value for their employer/owner are working animals. Working animals can be found everywhere.


Communication with Animals

Animals can communicate very well. Anyone who lives around animals knows this. They let you know if they are hungry, want to go outside or experience pain.


Legislation and Research

Animals are protected in various places in the law. The Animals Act sets requirements for the way in which different animal species may be kept.