Fish Welfare

Fish play various roles in Dutch society. We eat, catch and farm them, admire them in our homes and professional aquariums, and use them as laboratory animals for testing purposes.

How we treat Fish

Depending on their purpose, fish care falls under a range of laws and regulations. These regulations currently make little to no mention of fish welfare, however. Attention to fish welfare has gradually increased in recent decades, in policy, research and society as a whole. The ethical question of how we wish treat animals in general (and here, fish in particular) is being raised with increasing regularity. In light of this increasing attention, the Council on Animal Affairs (RDA) has conducted a closer examination of fish welfare.