is a Dutch animal welfare
organisation. Wakker Dier
is Dutch for "Awake animal". Its main purpose is putting an end to factory farming
. Wakker Dier was founded in 1998 and fused with the organisation Lekker Dier
in 2001, but the name didn't change. Marianne Thieme
was the foundation's president from 2004 to 2006. Wakker Dier has had several successful campaigns, most notably the one against battery cages
(since 2003 super markets stopped selling eggs from chickens raised there) and the one against the castrating of conscious pigs (Hema and Unox have said they will stop selling meat from unanaesthetised pigs by 2009).