Pole Position on animals and gas

Pole Position, the programme giving the Polish view on the world returns after a holiday break. This week’s edition with Agaton Koziński and Aleksandra Rybińska looks at plans for a radical overhaul of legislation on animal protection and Poland’s attempts to stop the completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

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The Polish government is still attempting to stop the completion of the Russian-German gas pipeline project, Nord Stream 2. The project is near completion but is threatened by both American sanctions on firms that are involved with it and also by increasing dissent even with Germany over becoming reliant on Russian gas. These voices have been amplified in recent weeks as a result of the poisoning of the Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny and Vladimir Putin’s support for the Belarussian dictator Alexander Lukashenko. But the German government is maintaining its support for the gas pipeline and has been attempting to get the EU to impose counter-sanctions against US LNG sales if the Americans impose the threatened sanctions on European companies participating in the project.

The government and the main opposition are united not only on NS2 and Belarus. They also seem to be supporting a radical overhaul of animal protection legislation being proposed by the ruling Law and Justice. Jarosław Kaczyński is actively working for the passage of a law that would outlaw farming for fur and limit ritual slaughter to the needs of local religious minorities. The legislation would also stop the practice of dogs being kept on a chain and would increase supervisory powers over animal sanctuaries. The legislation however is being opposed by farmers and by some politicians of the right. The present minister of Agriculture Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski is also reported to be opposed to the measure.