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Dutch initiative seeks TV channel for pets
Sep 30, 2008
By Ab Zagt
AMSTERDAM (Hollywood Reporter) - Dutch animal lovers on Tuesday (September
30) launched a national campaign to establish a public TV channel for
animals and their owners.
Under the name of Piep!, the group intends to collect 50,000 signatures of
support, the number needed to gain access to the public TV network in the
Piep! plans to schedule programs directed to its animal audience. In
addition to programs that animals can enjoy, Piep! also wants to broadcast
documentaries, youth programs and news shows covering the life and rights of
Karen Soeters, a communications manager from Amsterdam who initiated the
plan, estimates that there are about 3 million cats, 2 million dogs and 1
million rabbits that form part of Dutch households.
Furthermore, since the last election, a party led by animal-rights activists
-- the so-called Partij voor de Dieren -- has two seats in the Dutch
"Listening to animals can be very inspiring for human beings. They do not
cause credit crisis, do not overeat and take care of their environment,"