Lenie 't Hart
|Lenie 't Hart|
September 16, 1941
Founder of the Pieterburen Seal Rehabilitation and Research Centre
Lenie 't Hart (born Leentje Godlieb) (born September 16, 1941 in Farmsum) is a Dutch animal caretaker and animal rights activist. In 1971, she founded the Seal Rehabilitation and Research Centre in Pieterburen, Groningen. Later she was forced to leave the center as she strongly resisted against new, scientifically-based policies about seal care and the current employees of the center as well as the government did not longer want to cooperate with her.
't Hart started in 1971 with one lost seal in a tub in her own back-garden. In the beginning the care was only for seal puppies who had lost their mother, the "howlers", as a young seal pup can not survive without his mother.
In 2014 the people working at the Seal Rehabilitation Centre forced 't Hart to stop her activities at the centre, as she wouldn't accept the new scientifically based policy on treating injured seals and intervened too much with the people working there.
In the years after she had left, 't Hart and a few of her former colleagues have been subject in several criminal investigations by the Dutch authorities because they illegally captured seals and kept them at home under bad circumstances.
- Zeehondencrèche Pieterburen Historie
- Personeel zeehondencrèche laat Lenie 't Hart zakken RTV Noord January 24, 2014
- 'Zeehondencrèche in Pieterburen ont-Leniet', RTL Nieuws March 12, 2014.
- NVWA sluit illegale zeehondopvang NOS 30 September 2014
- Lenie 't Hart heeft kritiek op aanpak illegale zeehondenopvang RTV Noord 30 September 2014
- "Ik leg hem het liefst een ijzeren staaf in de nek" RTV Noord 22 January 2016
- Illegale zeehondenopvang op Terschelling ontruimd Skylgenet 22 January 2016
- Hoger beroep in zaak illegale zeehondopvang Omrop Fryslân 26 October 2015
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