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Test panel Somfy Indoor Camera: what do our readers think of this camera? – Insurance for Pets

In recent weeks, three readers of Smarthome Magazine have started working with their family members on the Somfy Indoor Camera. What do they think of this smart camera? What are the most important plus and minus points? And would they recommend this camera? We list the most important conclusions from their personally written reviews.

Somfy Indoor Camera

The Somfy Indoor Camera is a compact indoor camera, equipped with various useful features to protect your home in a smart way. The camera can be installed within a few minutes and communicates directly with the Somfy Protect app on your smartphone.

The Indoor Camera is equipped with HD display with night vision so that you can always see clearly what is going on in the house, even at night. The camera also has a motion sensor. As soon as a movement is detected, the camera immediately starts recording and you will receive a notification on your smartphone. You can set the camera to ignore pets. Recorded videos can be downloaded for free or stored in your Dropbox account.

The camera is equipped with a viewing angle of 130 degrees, allowing you to view an entire space. You can also zoom in up to four times and talk to someone standing in front of the camera. Privacy has also been considered because as soon as you get home yourself, the camera lens disappears behind a slider. Finally, the Indoor Camera from Somfy can be integrated with other systems through support for Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, IFTTT and Apple HomeKit.

Three different families

Together with Somfy, Smarthome Magazine and FWD have offered three families the opportunity to test the Somfy Indoor Camera at home. They were allowed to use the camera extensively for a period of four weeks. The results have now been received and below you can read the most important conclusions per family.

Introduction of families

Who are the families who have tested the Somfy Indoor Camera?

Family 1 (family Slaats)

We are a family of 3 people, male (31), female (31) and son (3). We live in a village in a quiet neighborhood. There are no pets in our family, but there is a second son attendance. That is also a reason that we wanted to test the Somfy Indoor Camera. I (Ruud) are a baker by profession and therefore always work at night. To offer our family some safety, we wanted to test this camera. It is always on at night, but also during the day when we leave home. My wife has also installed the app so that the camera also responds to her when she comes home or when she leaves.

Family 2 (family Janson)

Security, it seems to be an issue everywhere nowadays. Safety on the street, safety at home and digital safety. Similarly at our home, another family of 3: Leonie, Marc, our 2 year old son and a small one coming. From the moment we knew that number two is coming, you start thinking in terms of solutions. Where should the little one go, how are we going to arrange it and how do we do it with baby monitors? Where we took a baby monitor via radio frequency at number one for safety reasons, I now wanted to look a little further. So I moved my search area to IP cameras. Preferably one that I can connect to Home Assistant and can disconnect from the internet. When I saw the opportunity to test the Somfy Indoor Camera for Smarthome Magazine, I volunteered for this reason.

Family 3 (Deetman family)

Our family consists of myself, Coenraad, and my wife Annelie, 27 and 24 years old and now a little girl named Liesa. We do not have any pets. Because of the arrival of Liesa we wanted to have camera view in both the baby room and the living room. This stylish camera fits perfectly with our interior and will also be approved by my wife. I have done my house with a Domoticz system, running on a Raspberry Pi, which can also be controlled by Apple HomeKit and Siri. For some time I have been looking for a camera with the right functionalities that can also be connected with HomeKit and also looks stylish.

General impression and installation

The first impression of the camera upon arrival is very important. What do the families think of the installation, assembly and design of this camera?

Family 1 (family Slaats)

The camera is a nice little device that you can place in many places in your home. He does not stand out among the plant pots or in the bookcase. The camera can be moved in height and low on the holder to determine the ideal angle. The camera has a wide angle lens to get a wide view. Installing the camera is very easy and fast via the Protect app from Somfy. This tells exactly what to do when installing and installing the Somfy Indoor Camera.

Family 2 (family Janson)

The camera comes in a stylish box, with an adapter, cable (micro-usb) and a foot attached. This foot can be attached magnetically to the camera. If you want to hang the camera, you can order a mounting kit for this for around 30 euros. The camera looks stylish and does not look out of place in your house. The housing is made of plastic and generally feels sturdy. However, the privacy hatch of the camera feels a lot less robust and you have to be careful how you handle the camera when moving. The cable is 1.5 meters long. You have to take this into account when thinking of a location for the camera.

Family 3 (Deetman family)

The installation was effortless. In addition to the Somfy Indoor Camera, the box contains two parts, namely a long white mini USB cable and a 5V power adapter for the camera. The camera base is equipped with a magnetic base that places the round shape flat on a surface. Thanks to the magnetic attachment, it is easy to adjust the camera slightly forwards and backwards to the space that you want to have in view. With the Quick user manual in which you can easily follow all the steps, you have connected the camera to your wifi network within five minutes and have it visible in the Somfy Protect app.


The ease of use is of course an important part of a smart camera. Which functions are most used by families and is the app user-friendly? And why does the camera fit perfectly into daily life?

Family 1 (family Slaats)

The camera can be used in various ways. There is a calendar in the app that allows you to set the times and days that the camera must be activated or deactivated. It is also possible to work with GPS so that the camera knows when you leave home or when you arrive again. The camera activates itself when I leave the house and starts filming after 30 seconds. An advantage of the Somfy Indoor Camera is that the camera has a slider on the front that closes itself in front of the lens when the camera is not activated. This is a great feature for our privacy. The Somfy Protect app is also clear and easy to operate.

Family 2 (family Janson)

Where the camera can distinguish itself from other cameras is the privacy aspect. When the camera is not active, the shutter automatically slides in front of the lens. This was definitely a plus for the girlfriend of the camera, because it gives you certainty that nobody can watch when the camera is not being used.

Where can a manufacturer distinguish itself? This can be done on the functionality of the camera, or on ease of use and functionality in the accompanying app. Somfy has clearly focused on offering easy-to-operate total solutions for home security. The Somfy Protect app is easy to use and has enough settings to control the camera. You can, for example, set the motion sensitivity and the surveillance area of ​​the camera. But the most important function for us was to set the time periods in which the motion detection is active and of course to view the images from the camera. Setting the time slots is fairly simple.

Family 3 (Deetman family)

An extra good feature is the slider that slides in front of the lens when people are present. This guarantees optimum privacy. This is great for visitors who may be very fond of their privacy. The option to let the slider work automatically goes via the GPS location of the phone on which the app is installed. It is possible to add several family members on this app. On the other hand, the app can be manually clicked on “activate privacy” and the slider for the lens will also drop.

The motion detection function is very good. There must really be a good movement before something is passed on. This can also be adjusted in three different sensitivities. I would like this to have been more sensitive for the baby. When you leave the house, you will be asked if you want to switch on motion detection in order to optimally monitor your house, after which the slider slides in front of the lens again when you return home. Downside is that this is also asked while there is someone in the house who also uses the app. The app should not ask the question.


Of course we want to know everything about the quality of the camera. How is the image quality? How good are the notifications? What were the pros and cons? And what is the added value of the camera in the specific situation?

Family 1 (family Slaats)

The video display is of high quality, everything can be seen perfectly on both photos and videos. And both during the day and during the night there is sufficient detail visible to see what happens and who is in the house. It is also possible to watch the app live and to be able to zoom in and zoom out with your fingers. The quality of the image may decrease, but you zoom in on the phone and not with the lens of the camera.

A downside of the Somfy Protect app was that if I wanted to set the sound as an alarm, that I had to do this via the app settings of my phone and that it was not possible to be able to set this in the Somfy app itself. I figured this out myself and also took a while to find out.

Family 2 (family Janson)

The bedroom has sufficient range in itself, but this turned out not to be enough to stream the images in FHD quality. Only when we placed the camera in the living room could we make good use of it. The images from the camera are good, but the white balance in daylight is not optimal. If someone is in full sunlight, his or her face is not clearly visible. Furthermore, the set time slots worked very well. For example, the privacy mode entered before we came down in the morning and went out again when we went to bed. The camera is really made for monitoring your property, although you have to be careful which emergency number you set in combination with the sensitivity of the system.

Family 3 (Deetman family)

The camera is equipped with three video quality modes, the middle (HD) of which is best for speed and sharpness. Full HD is very slow on your WiFi network and is far behind reality. At night, infrared LEDs support the camera with excellent visibility for spaces such as your living room. Everything is easy to distinguish in the space, even if it is pitch dark. Sound is picked up loud and clear by the microphone that is built into the camera and everything is easy to understand via the app. It is also possible to talk back. This is unfortunately quite fast and cannot be adjusted in terms of volume. Video material is stored in the cloud, but if you want to keep it for a long time you have to pay for it. Unfortunately, you cannot save videos locally, for example on a NAS.

Smarthome integration

The Somfy Indoor Camera can be used in combination with other platforms or devices, which is useful for automating the camera with the rest of your smart devices. Think of Apple HomeKit, voice control or another platform. How did the families do this and how did you like it?

Family 1 (family Slaats)

We have not used functions such as Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant or IFTTT.

Family 2 (family Janson)

The part that I was really looking forward to was testing the camera with a smart home system. I myself have Home Assistant running and for the test I still have a Google Home Mini, so I could test these two systems. The integration of the camera with Home Assistant is via the Somfy Open Api plugin. When the camera is integrated, you get the status of the camera and motion detection at your disposal. I had hoped that I could reach the images via an rtsp / ONVIF protocol so that I could see them directly via Home Assistant. With that I could close the camera off the internet. However, this was not the case, so I left it at a number of automations with motion reports.

I also wanted to see what options I had to combine the camera with Google Home and use it via the app, or by voice control. In the Somfy app you can link the devices to an Alexa, HomeKit or Nest account. Since your Nest account is not a Google Home, you have limited options. The main purpose of the coupling is to have the Nest thermostat switch on automatically when it is present. However, I could not test this, since I do not have a Nest thermostat. Also the solution that was offered online, to connect the Somfy camera via Google Assistant itself, did not help. Here the command “talk to Somfy” must be given, after which you must be able to link it. For me, however, only the search results were given where I got that command, and not the action to link the camera to Google Assistant.

Somfy response: With regard to Google Assistant, the Somfy Indoor Camera is only compatible with IFTTT. This has to do with a language restriction. The “Talk to Somfy” command can only be used at this time if your smartphone’s language settings are in English, French or German. In this way the app is also installed automatically in that language. Somfy expects to integrate the Dutch language into Google Assistant soon.

Family 3 (Deetman family)

Because we have a Domoticz home automation system running on a Raspberry Pi that can also be controlled via Apple HomeKit via Homebridge, I registered the camera in Apple HomeKit. As we are used to from Apple, this went effortlessly within a few minutes. There is a QR code on the box of the camera, scan it with the iPhone to add it in HomeKit and within a few seconds you can find the camera in Apple’s Home app. You can also start actions when the Camera detects Motion, which is ideal.


After four weeks of intensive use, all three families come to a conclusion. What is their opinion about the Somfy Indoor Camera? And would they recommend this smart camera?

Family 1 (family Slaats)

The camera is recommended for anyone who wants to have it a bit safer at home. A friend of mine also purchased the camera in our test period, after I told you about it. A plus is that the camera closes itself upon arrival or if it is set in advance via the agenda. A downside is that if you want to set the alarm that this should go outside of the Somfy app. I give the product four stars. If the alarm could be set via the app, I would have given it five.

Family 2 (family Janson)

The Somfy camera is a good camera if you are looking for an easy total solution with which you want to protect your entire house and you have not eaten too much cheese from “smarthoming”. The camera is easy to install and the use of the app is easy.

If you want something more, I would still look further. The camera is quite pricey (from 125 euros) and if you want to hang the camera, you’ll have to spend a few more tens for a wall mount. In addition, the camera in combination with Home Assistant is not recommended. The information that you have at your disposal is fairly brief and not an extension of what you already get from the app. You can taste everything that Somfy actually prefers to buy the entire Protect package (central, door and window sensors, indoor siren, motion detector and keyfobs). We give the Somfy Indoor Camera three out of five stars, but our search for a good camera, with rtsp / ONTIF, continues as normal.

Family 3 (Deetman family)

The camera looks stylish and when the slider in front of the lens is not immediately visible in the room. The function with that slider appeals to us most in terms of privacy. The app is easy to use and is well-arranged. The smarthome integration is a big plus because you can give the camera even more substance in existing systems. Some minuses are the delay when full HD option is selected in image quality, the request to activate the alarm while someone is still at home and the lack of the possibility to store video material on a NAS for example. We give the product four stars.

Full reviews and more information

After more than a month of testing, we can say that the three families are moderately positive to very positive about the Somfy Indoor Camera, but that the camera does not satisfy all wishes of everyone. Do you want to know if the camera meets your needs? More information about this smart camera can be found on the Somfy website. Also read the full reviews of the families who have tested the Somfy Indoor Camera;

Family Slaats
Janson family
Deetman family

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Coronavirus attacks first dog: pet infected with COVID-19! Are our animals contagious? – Insurance for Pets

The corona virus continues to rage! To date, over 83,000 cases have been confirmed worldwide – and there is still no end in sight to the infections. Now the COVID-19 virus is said to be the first dog have affected. Now we have to worry about ours in this country too Pets do?

Suspected coronavirus in dogs in Hong Kong

As currently in the British “The Sun” can be read, was also the first dog in Hong Kong positive for that coronavirus tested. According to the report, the animal was infected with the disease by its owner. Accordingly, the virus can also be transmitted from person to animal and not just the other way around.

First pet apparently tested positive for COVID-19

The dog’s owner, Yvonne Chow Hau Yee, who lives in Hong Kong with her beloved Pomeranian, also tested positive for COVID-19. The four-legged friend was picked up at his owner’s house on Wednesday after the woman was diagnosed with coronavirus. A spokesman confirmed that nasal and oral specimens of the pomeranian were weakly positive for the COVID-19 virus.

Was the dog infected by its owner? Further tests should clarify

However, the spokesman added: “Currently, the AFCD (Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Nature Conservation) has no evidence that pets are infected with the COVID-19 virus or can be a source of infection for humans.” Doctors now want to do more testing on the animal to make sure that the dog was actually infected with the disease or that the positive coronavirus test is due to environmental pollution of the mouth and nose. The dog was quarantined in an animal shelter that contains no other animals, the Hong Kong government said.

Coronavirus suspected in dogs! Is there now a danger from our pets?

Not much is known about the virus, which first appeared in China last year. It was initially thought that the coronavirus was transmitted from bats to humans. However, the Hong Kong Agriculture Department stated that there is no evidence that pets are infected or can be a source of infection for humans. Nevertheless, the department urged the population to also quarantine pets of confirmed virus patients. If the dog from Hong Kong is actually suffering from the coronavirus, this would be the first officially confirmed case of coronavirus in a pet.

If you believe a recent pandemic simulation, the corona virus could cost 65 million lives in the next 18 months. We can only hope that this forecast will not be confirmed.

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Coronavirus: 19 new cases in France, “a milestone has been reached” – Insurance for Pets

  • China, where the new coronavirus appeared in December, released a new toll of 327 new cases and 44 deaths in the past 24 hours on Friday.
  • In France, 19 new cases of infection have been confirmed, a total of 57 since the end of January.
  • In Hong Kong, the dog of an infected woman tested positive and placed in quarantine.
  • A case of contamination with the new coronavirus is confirmed in Nigeria, the first in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that the threat from the virus has been raised to “very high”.

»Relive the events of the day on Friday 28 February:

9:20 p.m.. 83,853 cases worldwide, including 2,873 deaths, in 56 countries. The number of cases of new coronavirus worldwide amounted to 83,853 in early afternoon Friday, including 2,873 deaths, in 56 countries and territories, according to a report established by AFP from official sources (national authorities and World Health Organization).

China (excluding Hong Kong and Macao), where the epidemic broke out at the end of December, had 78,824 cases, including 2,788 deaths. Elsewhere in the world, 5,029 cases were listed on Friday, including 85 deaths and 966 new cases.

The virus is now spreading the fastest in South Korea, with 571 new cases in the past 24 hours. This country is the second most affected after China, with 2337 cases and 13 deaths. Italy (650 cases, 17 deaths) followed by Iran (388 cases, 34 deaths) and Japan (210 cases, 8 deaths). Japan has also recorded more than 700 cases on the cruise ship Diamond Princess moored off Yokohama.

The Netherlands, Nigeria, New Zealand, Belarus, Mexico, Azerbaijan and Lithuania joined the list of affected countries.

9:10 p.m.. Swiss Post has suspended shipments to China. The sending of mail and parcels to China is temporarily suspended due to “logistical constraints”, assured La Poste, while many airlines have adjusted their offer in the face of the coronavirus crisis. “Since February 17, letters and parcels to China have been temporarily suspended. This suspension is linked to logistical constraints, ”said the company. According to La Poste, “the export flows processed by Colissimo are no longer prioritized by the airlines which still provide connections to China”, while “the import flows are maintained”.

However, Chronopost shipments to China, outside quarantine zones, are still possible, added the group.

21 hours. The international tourism fair canceled in Berlin. The Berlin International Tourism Fair (ITB), the industry’s biggest event, scheduled to take place March 4-8, has been canceled by authorities due to the risks associated with the coronavirus epidemic in Germany. This fair was to welcome more than 160,000 people and 10,000 exhibitors from 180 countries. The organizers deplored the “impossibility” of “verifying that each participant has not recently gone to a risk zone” or “has not had contact with a person” in this situation, a condition posed by the authorities for maintain the living room.

8:50 p.m.. Blanquer could go “to close an establishment”. Almost 2,000 students had not resumed school on Friday because they were returning from an area affected by the epidemic. The Minister of Education indicated on BFMTV that he would not hesitate to go “until closing one establishment, or several, in a given area”, after a case by case analysis by the Regional Health Agency .

19.45. France has 19 new cases. “We have 57 cases this Friday evening”, 19 more than on Thursday, announces Olivier Véran, the Minister of Health. “No new deaths have been reported. Six patients are listed in Annecy, among travelers returning from Egypt. 18 patients were diagnosed in the Oise, six more than on Thursday.

A new stage in the epidemic has been reached, “we are now going to stage 2”, added the Minister, explaining that “the virus is circulating on our territory and we must curb its spread”. Several clusters have been identified, “whose chains of transmission remain identifiable and the contamination explicable,” he reassures.

The Minister ended his intervention on prevention messages. “I now recommend avoiding the handshake. […] It’s the little gestures that make the big protections. “

VIDEO. Fear of the coronavirus wins the inhabitants of Crépy-en-Valois

7:10 p.m.. Debate Wednesday in the Senate. The government has requested the inclusion on the Senate agenda, Wednesday March 4 at 9:30 pm, of a government statement followed by a debate, “on public health measures facing the risks of an epidemic of coronavirus Covid-19 in France, “announced the Senate. The president of the Senate Gérard Larcher (LR) had asked for the organization of a debate on the coronavirus during the meeting on Thursday in Matignon of the leaders of parties represented in the Parliament, presidents of parliamentary groups and presidents of assemblies.

19 hours. A Defense Council and an “exceptional” Council of Ministers on Saturday. The Elysée Palace announces that a Defense Council will take place on February 29 at 10 am, followed by a Council of Ministers at 11 am, shortly before a new point from the Minister of Health on the epidemic.

18.50. Uncertainty about the death toll in Iran. The number of patients who died in Iran could far outnumber the authorities. The country reported 34 dead on Friday morning, but sources within the health care system told the BBC that the death toll could be as high as 210. These figures were denied by Iranian ministry spokesman of Health, Kianouche Jahanpour.

18.30. Two French people detained in a hospital in Brazil. Brazilian justice has authorized the municipal authorities of Paraty, a seaside town near Rio, to keep two French tourists suspected of having coronavirus confined in a hospital against their will. The town hall of Paraty (South-East) explained to the G1 news site that the French couple had arrived in Rio from Barcelona on February 20, before going to the seaside town on Monday. On Thursday, they were admitted to the municipal hospital after showing symptoms of the flu. The fact that the two French have repeatedly expressed their desire to leave motivated the request for a judicial decision authorizing the extension of their hospitalization, according to the municipality.

18 hours. Meeting of EU health ministers on March 6. They had already met on February 13. EU health ministers will meet again next Friday in Brussels “to discuss measures regarding the coronavirus,” a European Council spokesman said on Friday.

5:40 p.m.. A second Covid-19 patient in Mexico. Earlier in the day, Mexican authorities announced their first confirmed case: a 35-year-old man from Mexico City, considered the zero patient. He is in “stable condition”, “he has no pneumonia, he has symptoms similar to those of a cold”. The epidemiological survey of people who had been in contact with this patient indicated that another 41-year-old man, located in the state of Sinaloa (North-West), had been infected. The contamination of the two men probably took place in Bergamo, in Lombardy, a hotbed for the spread of the epidemic.

17.20. First case reported in Iceland. The Icelandic authorities report a first case of coronavirus contamination in the Nordic country, a man returning from Italy but having stayed “outside a risk zone”. The man, a forties from Iceland, “is not seriously ill but has symptoms typical of Covid-19 disease,” said the department of civil protection in a statement. He is currently being treated at the Landspitali University Hospital Center, in the capital Reykiavik.

5:10 p.m.. A contaminated doctor from Rouen. A doctor who works at the Rouen University Hospital and also gives consultations to the SNCF medical office was declared positive at Covid-19, says France 3 Normandie. He is confined to his home in Bois-Guillaume. It is the first confirmed case in Normandy. Five SNCF agents and a medical secretary from the firm’s office were placed in the fortnight.

4:55 p.m.. The virus had been circulating “unnoticed for weeks” in Italy. Researchers at a specialized hospital in Milan have managed to isolate the Italian version of the new coronavirus, which “has been going unnoticed for weeks” in the peninsula, according to these specialists who are trying to trace the source of the epidemic. “The virus has been present for a long time, perhaps already since mid-January,” said Professor Massimo Galli, director of the Sacco hospital in Milan. And to specify that the Italian version “is certainly the result of a mutation, especially since this virus is modified from person to person”.

4:35 p.m.. WHO raises the international threat to “very high”. The World Health Organization (WHO) announces to have raised to “very high” the level of the threat related to the new coronavirus, which contaminated some 79 000 people in China and more than 5000 in the rest of the world. “We have now increased our assessment of the spread and impact risk of Covid-19 to a very high level globally,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

4:25 p.m.. Wall Street sees red at the opening. The New York Stock Exchange plunged at the start of the session Friday, preparing to end its worst week since the global financial crisis of 2008 against a background of heightened fears around the coronavirus. Around 3:15 p.m. GMT, its flagship index, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, collapsed by 3.71% to 24,811.92 points, after having released more than 4% a few minutes earlier. The Nasdaq, with a strong technological coloring, lost it 2.93% to 8,315.70 points, and the widened S&P 500 index fell by 3.47% to 2,875.53 points.

4:15 p.m.. Can pets catch and transmit coronavirus? A first case of domestic dog tested positive for Covid-19 was identified this Friday in Hong Kong. Not enough to alarm the WHO or the specialists. Our article to read here.

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16 hours. The patient hospitalized in Brest in a “stable state”. The 72 year old Breton contaminated by the coronavirus and hospitalized at the CHRU of Brest in medical intensive care is now in “a stable state”. “His wife, who traveled with him to Egypt, is also hospitalized in Brest in the infectious diseases department to be diagnosed,” said the Regional Health Agency (ARS) in Brittany.

3:45 p.m.. More medical teleconsultations to limit the epidemic? The union of liberal specialists Avenir Spé claims that a “massive deployment of teleconsultation tools” could “avoid the overcrowding of emergencies and calls to the Samu” and “limit the spread” of the coronavirus. “In the event of an epidemic, the 15th will be quickly overwhelmed, like the toll-free number” put in place by the government, said the president of Avenir Spé, Patrick Gasser. This gastroenterologist believes that remote consultation via the Internet could be useful in order to “identify patients at risk” without exposing healthcare professionals to potential contamination.

15:30. How “investigators” trace the thread of contamination. While the number of cases declared in France doubled Thursday and raises fears of a wider contagion phenomenon, specialized services are responsible for diving into the diaries of patients to understand the origin of their contamination. And list the people they may have infected. How are these investigations carried out? The answer in our article.

3:25 p.m.. The government is fighting fake news. The government took stock this Friday in Bercy with the main search engines and social networks on the fight against false news on the coronavirus. Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Qwant, TikTok were present at this meeting, which also included government side Sibeth Ndiaye (government spokesperson), Cédric O (digital) and Adrien Taquet (solidarity and health).

Social networks and search engines have acted to highlight government information sites, in response to requests from Internet users for the coronavirus, according to the government. They have also put in place measures to prevent the dissemination of advertisements on so-called miracle cures.

3:15 p.m.. The Basel watch fair adjourned. Faced with the decision of the Swiss authorities to ban events gathering more than 1000 people, the organizers of the Basel watch fair decided to postpone the event. It was to be held from April 30 to May 5.

15.05. Why the number of cases doubled in one day in France. Thursday evening, the health authorities announced 20 new cases in our country. It was expected and there is nothing to worry about, say the specialists. The explanations in our article.

15 hours. A first case in Mexico. Mexican authorities announced on Friday that a first patient had tested positive for Covid-19. “The individual is in a stable state […], he has no pneumonia, he has symptoms similar to those of a cold. He is a young man, ”said the under-secretary for prevention of the Ministry of Health, Hugo Lopez-Gatell.

He is the second patient identified in South America. The coronavirus arrived in Latin America earlier this week, with a first individual diagnosed in Brazil: a 61-year-old man who was returning from Italy.

2:45 p.m.. All you need to know about the Covid-19 in an infographic to print. Given the increasing number of cases of coronavirus in France and worldwide, Le Parisien offers you a summary of good practices. It allows you to take stock of the transmission of the virus, its symptoms, its duration of incubation, the good reflexes to have to protect yourself and especially how to react if you return from a risk zone or if you think you are affected. .

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2:40 p.m.. Death of a Briton. It is the first Briton to succumb to the new coronavirus, announced the media across the Channel. Hospitalized in Japan, he was one of the travelers in quarantine on the liner Diamond Princess. Five other cruise passengers – all Japanese – died, while nearly 700 people who left this boat, docked in the port of Yokohama, were declared positive at Covid-19.

VIDEO. Doctor denounces “chaos” aboard the Diamond Princess

2:25 p.m.. A Formula 2 driver in quarantine in Tenerife. Danish Christian Lundgaard, 18, is in quarantine on the Spanish island of Tenerife after the discovery of cases of Covid-19 in his hotel – four Italians-, announced his team and the sector of young drivers of Renault, of which he is a part. . Two other Renault Sport Academy drivers, the French Hadrien David and the Brazilian Caio Collet, as well as the manager of the sector Mia Sharizman, are also in quarantine.

14.15. A special show by Michel Cymes on Tuesday evening. The PAF star doctor will offer a special live broadcast on France 2 on March 3 at 9:05 p.m. to answer questions from the French on the coronavirus. For more than two hours, viewers will be able to question specialists on the set via SMS questions, to which Michel Cymes, Professor Eric Caumes, head of service at Pitié-Salpêtrière, and his colleague Arnaud Fontanet, epidemiologist at Institut Pasteur, will respond. .

14 hours. Still canceled sports competitions. The last two stages of the UAE Cycling Tour (UAE Tour) scheduled for this Friday and Saturday were canceled after the discovery of contamination by coronavirus from two members of a team management.

1:50 p.m.. New assessment in Iran: nearly 400 cases. The country reported this morning the death of eight people infected with the virus among 143 new cases detected in the last 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 34 dead. In total, 388 people were infected and the 143 new cases were detected in majority in the Tehran province (64) of Gilan (25) as well as those of Qom (16) and Isfahan (10).

13.30. Reassuring news from Nantes. The 58-year-old patient infected with the coronavirus after having been in contact with a patient in the Oise is hospitalized at the Nantes University Hospital (Loire-Atlantique) and shows “no sign of seriousness”, assured Jean-Jacques Coiplet, Director General of the Regional Health Agency (ARS) of Pays de la Loire, during a press conference. And to specify: “There is no chain of transmission in Pays de Loire”.

1:20 p.m.. Switzerland postpones a day of football championship. In the wake of its decision to ban at least until March 15 any public event involving more than 1000 people in Switzerland, the Football League (SFL) announces the complete postponement of the 24th day of the Championship which was to take place this week -end. “The SFL shows understanding for this ban and postpones all matches for the 24th day,” said the Federation in a press release. The SFL will inform on the future course of the championship during the next week in close collaboration with the authorities and the clubs.

1:10 p.m.. First case in Azerbaijan. The former Soviet Republic has announced the first confirmed case of Covid-19. He is a Russian citizen who arrived via Iran in this Caucasian country bordering the Caspian Sea. “He has been placed in solitary confinement,” the government said in a statement, adding that his condition is “stable”. Earlier, Belarus had also announced a first case on its territory: is an Iranian student who arrived in the country via Azerbaijan last week.

12:50. Government at the bedside of businesses. After a meeting organized this morning with the social partners, the Ministers of Economy (Bruno Le Maire), Labor (Muriel Pénicaud) and Health (Olivier Véran) took stock of the French economic situation in this context of coronaviruses. Bruno Le Maire notably declared that the virus was considered “a case of force majeure” for companies.

This means that “for all public procurement in the state, if there is ever a delay in delivery on the part of SMEs or companies, we will not apply a penalty “Said the Minister.

Muriel Pénicaud also announced “possibilities of recourse to partial activity” and “the spreading of social and fiscal charges for companies that will need it” for companies in difficulty.

VIDEO. “A case of force majeure for companies”, announces Bruno Le Maire

12:45. Urssaf in support of companies in difficulty. While the epidemic shakes the stock markets and slows the economy, the Urssaf explain in a press release that they will “take into account the impact of the coronavirus epidemic on the activity of certain companies”. And to detail: “The support of the Urssaf network for companies in difficulty is reflected in particular by the granting of deadlines (payment installments) and the delivery of surcharges and late penalties over the target periods. “

12:30. Japan at the “crossroads”. Norio Ohmagari, specialist in infectious diseases and adviser to the Japanese government, is rather confident about the management of the crisis in Japan in an interview with AFP. “We are now at a crossroads to contain the Covid-19,” he said in particular. If we continue like this, we have a good chance of containing or eliminating this Covid-19 ”.

12:05. The concern of the inhabitants of Lagos, economic capital of Nigeria. In this sprawling megalopolis of 20 million inhabitants, pharmacies and supermarkets are taken by storm by Lagosiens looking for hand sanitizer and masks, after the announcement of a first case of coronavirus. Health Minister Osagie Enahire announced that he was an Italian working in Nigeria, where he returned from the Italian city of Milan on February 25. “The patient is in stable clinical condition and has no disturbing symptoms,” said the minister.

11:50. Black week for the world stock exchanges. They show their worst fall since the 2008 financial crisis. Most European markets have lost around 12-13% since last Friday. At this time, the CAC 40 unscrews by more than 3%.

11:35. The Geneva Motor Show canceled. As a result of the Swiss decision to ban any event bringing together more than 1000 people, the Geneva Motor Show, which was to be held from March 5 to 15, is officially canceled.

11:20. AT Hong Kong’s sick pets will be quarantined. After the discovery of traces of the coronavirus on the dog of a sick woman, the Hong Kong authorities announce that all the pets of the affected people will be placed in quarantine for 14 days.

11:05. The United Arab Emirates Cycling Tour stopped, riders stranded at the hotel. Two masseurs from an Italian team are positive for the coronavirus, which led to the cancellation of the cycling event and the confinement of the riders, including the Englishman Christopher Froome.

10:55. Pakistan suspends flights with Iran. Pakistan has suspended all direct flights to Iran, officials said on Friday, two days after detecting its first two cases of the new coronavirus, travelers recently returned from the Islamic Republic.

10:40. Brussels Airlines is reducing its flights to northern Italy. The airline Brussels Airlines announces that it was reducing its flights to the north of Italy due to the drop in demand due to the coronavirus, which also forced it to study “economic measures”.

“Brussels Airlines will reduce its flight offer to northern Italy by 30% for the next two weeks (March 2-14), namely to Milan Linate, Milan Malpensa, Rome, Venice and Bologna”, indicates the company Belgian.

10:20. Switzerland bans all major events due to the coronavirus. Switzerland decides to ban at least until March 15 any public or private event bringing together more than 1000 people, due to the epidemic of the new coronavirus which has contaminated nine people on its territory.

10:05. A dog tested positive for coronavirus placed in quarantine in Hong Kong. The dog of a woman affected by the coronavirus is placed in quarantine in Hongkong after samples taken from the animal have tested positive for coronavirus, announce this Friday the authorities, even if there is no risk of contagion of the pet to man is not proven. The dog has no symptoms of the disease, said the Hong Kong Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Environmental Protection.

9:50. White plan triggered at the Dijon CHU. This exceptional health system will make it possible to isolate the contaminated patients in this CHU where four people have tested positive for the coronavirus.

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9:38. First case confirmed in Nice. Christian Estrosi, the mayor of Nice, informs on Twitter that a first case was confirmed this Friday morning at the Nice hospital. It is a woman returning from Milan.

9:25. A distance education system is ready according to Jean-Michel Blanquer. The Minister of National Education assures on Europe 1 that a distance education device could be deployed on a large scale if necessary: ​​“We have been preparing for it for several weeks with the Cned. From the large kindergarten section to the Terminale there can be 7 million connections at the same time. “

9:15. The Paris Bourse fell 3.36% to 5,310.82 points at the opening. The market is still by the progression of the coronavirus in the world and its consequences on the economy. Since the beginning of the week, the index of main stocks has dropped by nearly 11%.

Similar declines are recorded in London, Milan, Madrid and Frankfurt.

9:12. 571 new cases registered in 24 hours in South Korea.

9:10. New Russian measures against Iran and South Korea. Russia announces the introduction of entry restrictions for Iranian citizens and travelers from South Korea.

8:28. Nearly 2,000 quarantined students announced Jean-Michel Blanquer. The Minister of Education announces on Europe 1 that nearly 2,000 pupils returning from risk areas, such as China or Italy, were confined to their homes for 14 days.

Jean-Michel Blanquer indicates that this figure will “of course increase next week”.

8:10. Closure of all public establishments in La Balme-de-Sillingy. “I am very concerned about the situation,” said François Daviet, the mayor of this commune of 5,000 inhabitants after the detection of two new cases of coronavirus. “We made the decision to close the crèche, the leisure center and all the municipal halls,” he continues.

7:58. Two new cases at La Balme-de-Sillingy, in Haute-Savoie. François Daviet, the mayor of this small town in Haute-Savoie, said this Friday morning on BFMTV that two new cases are detected. A total of six residents have contracted the coronavirus and others are awaiting test results.

7:45. The Tokyo Disneyland / DisneySea complex closes two weeks. The Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea theme park complex, in the suburbs of the Japanese capital, will close for two weeks due to fears of the spread of the coronavirus, the operator announced on Friday.

This decision is not the first of its kind, but it is one of the most significant, from a place that receives some 32.5 million visitors per year.

7:35. K-pop megastars, BTS, cancel four concerts. In South Korea, K-pop megastars, BTS, are canceling four giant concerts slated for Seoul in April.

7:30. About fifty affected countries. Outside of China, the coronavirus now affects around fifty countries around the world, with more than 4,000 infections and more than 60 deaths.

Coronavirus. Macron on the epidemic: “We will have to face it at best”

7:22. 256 additional contaminations in South Korea. This Friday, South Korea reported 256 additional infections, bringing the total to 2,022, including 13 dead.

7:15. First case of coronavirus in Belarus. Belarus announces this Friday morning that it has registered its first case of coronavirus. He is an Iranian student who arrived via Azerbaijan last week. The Ministry of Health indicates that the patient’s condition was “satisfactory”. The people with whom he has been in contact since his arrival in Belarus on February 22 have been placed in quarantine at the Minsk Hospital for Infectious Diseases.

7:10. The Tokyo Stock Exchange plunged 3.67% at the close. The Tokyo Stock Exchange recorded another massive fall on Friday, weighed down by the repercussions of the coronavirus. At the end of the transactions, the Nikkei index of 225 star stocks dropped 3.67%, or more than 800 points, to 21,142.96 points, and the widened Topix index fell in similar proportions (-3 , 65%) at 1,510.87 points.

6:50. 44 new deaths in China. China, where the virus had appeared in December, released a new toll of 327 new cases and 44 deaths in the past 24 hours on Friday. This is the lowest death toll in the country since January 24.

A total of 78,824 cases and 2,788 deaths have been recorded in mainland China since the start of the epidemic.

6:45. Fear of a pandemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) calls on all countries still spared to prepare for the arrival of Covid-19.

6:40. First case in sub-Saharan Africa. A case of contamination with the new coronavirus is confirmed in Nigeria, in Lagos, economic capital of 20 million inhabitants, recalling the fears triggered during the Ebola epidemic.

6:30. 20 additional cases in France. Olivier Véran, the Minister of Health, announced Thursday evening that the number of people infected in France has increased to 38 confirmed cases, against 18 the day before.

In particular, a household of twelve people, probably in contact with the first patient who died in the Oise, was identified.

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At the Agriculture Show on February 26, we saw Minister Didier Guillaume confiscate a journalist’s microphone and get upset. In question: an email leak from his ministry, which seems to contradict public statements about a slaughterhouse in Dordogne. The 8 pm eye compared official and unofficial speeches.

It all starts with the broadcasting of videos that the animal welfare association L214 says they shot in the Sobeval slaughterhouse in Dordogne, in November and December 2019. In these images, the association denounces breaches of regulations, such as the absence of cattle at the time of stunning. Consequence according to the association: increased animal suffering.

In a press release, the Dordogne prefecture reads these images quite differently: “the first time you view the association’s videos, there is no evidence of non-compliance with the regulations.”The same day, identical speech by the Departmental Director of veterinary services, Frédéric Piron in front of the camera of France 3: “I have no information to say that we have shortcomings, anomalies, non-compliance with regard to animal protection in this slaughterhouse.”

Internal message leak seems to say otherwise

No elements, really? A leak of messages internal to the Ministry of Agriculture, revealed by L214, seems to indicate the contrary. The day before the interview, an adviser in the minister’s office said: “Certain nonconformities can be identified on this video”. Then an agent from the office of the slaughter establishments writes: “I have made the list of undeniable, even major nonconformities noted!”

For Sébastien Arsac of the L214 association, these internal discussions demonstrate that the administration’s discourse changes when it is addressed to the general public. “We really have double talk, we have a factory of doubt to try to discredit the work of the association, we have a lie that will try to reassure the consumer. “

Contacted, the Ministry of Agriculture today admits an incomplete communication. Officially, last week: no problem. Now, the cabinet acknowledges the abattoir’s breaches of regulations … but minor. “We talk about nonconformities when they are major. There is no major non-compliance visible on the video, that’s what it means … It’s sure, the Prefecture’s press release lacked precision, ” one admits in the entourage of the Minister of Agriculture.

The slaughterhouse has filed a complaint against L214 for defamation. The ministry opened two investigations for him: a first on the practices of the establishment, and another, internally to understand the origin of this leak … a bit annoying.

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Veterinarians: Emergency service fee has been in effect since February – Insurance for Pets

The plight in the veterinary emergency service has long been known: More and more veterinary practices have stopped their emergency service because neither the staff could be paid nor cost-effective work for resident veterinarians.

The consequences of this are overcrowded veterinary clinics, which also work on the human and economic upper limit. As a result, more and more veterinary clinics are being closed nationwide and fewer and fewer veterinary practices are ready for an emergency service. A new emergency service fee schedule for veterinarians has been in effect since February 14.

Anyone using emergency veterinary services must pay an emergency service fee of 50 euros (net). This applies equally to hamsters and sheepdogs. To this end, veterinarians can now calculate their services at least twice the rate, up to four times. “This is a good start, but it doesn’t solve all of our problems,” said Andrea Buller, clinic manager for personnel and organization at the Oßweil animal clinic in Ludwigsburg. “The regulation suits us very well, because up to now we could not work to cover costs due to the human resources.”

According to Buller, a five-fold rate would only be really economically viable, but we’re happy that the new regulation is finally in effect. Most pet owners who already had to pay the emergency service fee are understanding. “In general, this is well received.” Anyone who has a regular appointment at the veterinary clinic in the evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. or in the early hours from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. does not have to pay an emergency service fee. In the veterinary practices, the emergency service fee applies to the daily night emergency service from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m., on weekends from Friday 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. the following Monday and from 0 a.m. to midnight on a public holiday. If a veterinary practice offers a regular consultation until 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. or at the weekend, this is not an emergency service. In principle, the emergency service fee should help veterinarians to be able to afford the emergency service in the future.

Not yet covering costs

So far, the costs in the emergency service within the permitted fee settlement framework could not be generated through a higher settlement and were therefore not cost-covering for the veterinary practices. For Dr. Karen Huber from the Neckarmühle veterinary practice in Ingersheim, the new regulation is an important step: “It was overdue for at least 20 years,” said the veterinarian. In their experience, the pet owners are quite willing to pay the emergency service fee. Huber also hopes that animal owners will rethink what is really an emergency and what is not. A problem that all veterinary practices, as well as in human medicine – have to an increasing extent. “An emergency service is basically there to convert life-threatening conditions into a non-life-threatening condition,” says Huber.

The emergency service is not the alternative for a complete diagnosis or treatment, that is what the regular office hours are for. The Federal Chamber of Veterinarians has made the flyer “Quick help for dogs, cats & Co.” available for download online to inform pet owners about the veterinary emergency service for small and domestic animals.

info In the district of Ludwigsburg, the small animal emergency service can be reached outside the office hours of the veterinary practices on telephone (07141) 29 01 01. The announcement tape announces the name and telephone number of the veterinarian who is on call.

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Home loan: how to renegotiate your borrower insurance – Insurance for Pets

Almost one in three households, or nine million French people, is currently paying off a mortgage. Did you know that it is possible to make substantial savings of several thousand euros by changing your borrower insurance? Banks are often reluctant, but the procedure is completely legal. Discover in the video above some advice.

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VIDEO. Hungry, sick, injured lions… a Sudanese zoo can no longer care for its animals – Insurance for Pets

“There were five lions, three of them in really critical conditions. They were malnourished and it was clear that they needed urgent care, food and care. medical. “

While Osman Salih was walking with his son in the Al-Qureshi Zoo in Sudan, he did not expect to make this grim discovery. Among the consequences of the economic crisis in Sudan: the managers of this zoo claim they can no longer afford to care for all animals.

Alarmed by these hungry and very weakened animals, Osman Salih then decides to launch the alert on social networks. In a few hours, its publication went viral. “The good thing is that we got an immediate response from the authorities. Within 12 hours, all the representatives, the government representatives, the park representatives, were on site. We met them and we started to look for urgent solutions to improve the conditions of the lions“says Osman Salih.

But on January 20, one of the sick lionesses died. Alerted, the NGO Four Paws decides to intervene. A few days later, an NGO team arrives on the spot with the veterinarian Amir Khalil. They took care in priority of the lioness Kandaka and the lion Mansour who seem in great danger. After examining the lions, they put Kandaka on a drip to rehydrate her. After 2 weeks of treatment, Four Paws publishes new photos of the Mansour lion showing “great progress”.

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Van Arendonk argues for room for innovation in breeding – Insurance for Pets

Better livestock breeding gives a more radiant animal life. With that goal in mind, according to Johan van Arendonk of Hendrix Genetics, it is necessary to nurture the diversity of solution directions. “But leave room for the use of innovative technologies.”

For Johan van Arendonk, head of innovation and technology at Hendrix Genetics, it is clear what breeding organizations are all about: sustainably feeding the world’s population. With the breeding of cattle, the ecological footprint of dairy and meat has been further reduced.

‘For pigs and poultry, that footprint has been halved in 40 years. The modern pig and the modern chicken need half the protein raw materials compared to their counterparts in 1980, “says Van Arendonk. He was one of the speakers during the Vaarkample lecture on 30 January in Utrecht.

Right direction of development

The innovation manager labels this direction of development towards a smaller footprint as the right one. ‘So we stick to what we already do and try to improve other characteristics. But I do not deny that things have gone wrong in the past when breeding animals, “he says.

Gene technology can offer welfare-friendly solutions

Johan van Arendonk, head of innovation and technology at Hendrix Genetics

‘Nevertheless, there must always be room for changes in breeding. Pushing boundaries is and will always be necessary to make food production even more sustainable with breeding, “says Van Arendonk.

Life-size difference in livestock and companion animals

Breeding animals whether it concerns farm animals or companion animals, it is always in the interest of humans. The importance of animal welfare in those two animal sectors is very different. In cattle breeding, the goal is to get more productive and efficient animals that are healthy and perform in certain farming systems. Animals that are intended to feed humans and with which the farmer earns his income. Professional organizations are responsible for breeding. When breeding pet animals, it is often about individual interests. For example, people are charmed by extreme features such as short snouts, bald or miniature animals. Bread breeders fulfill those market wishes, but the welfare and health of those animals does not always benefit. The popularity of pure-bred animals can have inbreeding as a result of which genetic defects are passed on. The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University has developed Fit2Breed to steer the breeding of healthy companion animals in the right direction. Diseases of breeding animals are recorded centrally and mating advice is given based on DNA testing and genotyping.

No limit on numbers

‘Suppose a limit is drawn for the maximum number of piglets born per litter. That number would be different 30 years ago than it is today. Sows today are more self-reliant, the nutrition has improved and the stables are more comfortable, “emphasizes Van Arendonk. ‘That’s why I never think in terms of limits purely on numbers. It’s about finding the balance and continuing to develop. “

Van Arendonk sees new technologies playing a prominent role in breeding. Among other things, the use of techniques to make desired changes to genetic material.

Gene editing

‘Gene editing is a fantastic development for science. In this way, researchers can advance in understanding the functions of DNA, “argues the innovation manager.

‘But space must be provided to understand animal genes and to experiment with them responsibly. Europe must embrace gene technology. It takes at least five years before gene editing is ready for practical application. In the meantime, a dialogue can take place about what can and cannot be done. “


According to Van Arendonk, sustainability has many dimensions and is challenging for breeding organizations. “There is never a single solution for responsibly responding to the demand for animal products in different parts of the world. Diversity is needed to match local conditions. “

An example are slow-growing broilers with more living space per animal for the Northwestern European consumer. These animals score a plus on animal welfare, but it costs extra feed per kilo of meat. With chickens in Kipster and Rondeel we can learn from how that animal thrives in that way of keeping and then can take another step in breeding.


‘Breeding organizations are constantly responding to the sustainable feeding of the world with a wide range of solutions. Suppose the demand for animal products decreases, then the task remains how you want to do it responsibly, “says the innovation manager.

‘For example, breeding no longer has to do anything like interventions such as beak treatments or castration. Gene technology may offer a welfare-friendly solution to the social problem of killing day-olds. “


Sensors and the collection of individual animal data play an increasingly important role in animal husbandry. Sensors make it easier for farmers to better manage large groups of animals. In this way they are able to detect sick animals earlier. That serves animal welfare and they need to use fewer antibiotics.

Van Arendonk welcomes innovations such as the Family Pig. “That farming system will never be the solution for a sustainable food supply, but monitoring self-reliant sows and their piglets via sensors in that system provides a lot of information,” he says.

Social pigs

“We can learn a lot about the behavior of individual animals in a family group and we can use that data stream to breed healthy social pigs.”

Enter into dialogue and become the world animal welfare champion

The Vaarkamplezing was held for the fourth time in Utrecht on 30 January and was all about breeding. The first edition took place in 2014. The lecture was created as a tribute and memory of Henk Vaarkamp, ​​who died suddenly in 2011. He was, among other things, chairman of the Council for Animal Affairs and professor at the faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University. In the eyes of the scientist, the Netherlands should become world animal welfare champion. He pursued more ambitions: positioning the Netherlands as an international leader and innovator in production-oriented animal husbandry. But a better animal welfare is not at the expense of productivity, sustainability and performance, Vaarkamp wondered. And what is everyone’s responsibility in the search for sustainable animal husbandry? From now on, entering into a dialogue without taboos and entering difficult areas was called a Henk-Vaarkamp dialogue. Social acceptance of animal husbandry is central to the lectures. The aim is to connect the animal keeper and veterinarian, science and practice and politics.