In Rotterdam’s harbor, after two cows fell into the water from an experimental floating farm, concerns about animal welfare have been raised again.
The local Partij Voor de Dieren, who has campaigned for animal rights, failed to get the majority of the city council to withdraw the farm from operating, he told DutchNews.nl.
The experimental farm started in 2019 in Rotterdam harbor. The goals to be sustainable by recycling the animals’ waste on-site, and giving an example that urban farms can produce more food in the future.
PvdD started a campaign on social media about animal welfare
After the second cow fell into the water and took around one hour to rescue it, PvdD started a campaign on social media raising concerns about animal welfare. It is being claimed that the cow was crossing from the floating firm to a small area of grassland and could not climb out.
The councilor and head of the local branch of the PvdD, Ruud van der Velden said that he was concerned that cows could fall into the water from the experimental floating firm.
‘It is dangerous when cows leave the pontoon for the gangway to go to the waterside and this is the second time that a cow has ended up in the water: the last was in December,’ said Van der Velden for DutchNews.nl. ‘On Tuesday there was another accident with a cow falling into the water, an animal of 600 to 800 kilos, the emergency services were called and it took them more than an hour to get it out of the water.”
He called the council for a debate and stop the floating farm from operating. He also mentioned that cows do not belong on the water and that intensive dairy farming is not right for them either.
The fence door was open
On the other side, Peter van Wingerden, chief executive of Beladon, the company that is behind the project, said that the cows fall into the water even in the regular farmland. He reasoned the incident by saying that the cow fell because a young volunteer left the fence open, and the same thing happened when the first incident happened, a visitor left another fence open, he told the DutchNews.nl.