The Netherlands has taken measures to improve animal welfare in livestock farming. Examples include the European decision to ban battery cages in 2012, the European obligation for group pig housing per 2013, and the government’s plans to restrict long-distance animal transport within the EU where possible.

The government and farmers aim to optimize the sustainability of livestock farming by 2023, and can count on great support from society. Livestock farming should produce with respect for man, animal and the environment, all over the world.

This ambition from the future vision on livestock farming is supported by a collaboration of farmers, the processing industry, supermarkets and the environmental movement.

Sustainability in livestock farming is promoted through the development of innovative housing for cows, pigs and chickens for instance. New housing facilities for chickens have day and night accommodation, outdoor runs, and space and facilities to demonstrate natural behavior.

Other developments are the comfort class housing and the family housing designed for pigs. Beginning in 2015, all new housing should be sustainable, with funds and research provided by the government.