Polish MEP sparks outrage over Nazi prison uniform cattle tweet

A Polish MEP has refused to apologise after sharing an image on social media, depicting a herd of chained cattle wearing the striped prison uniforms of Nazi camps, Euronews reports.

Sylwia Spurek, of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, tweeted the image to call for a "serious discussion" on animal welfare.

The post has sparked a severe backlash in Polish media and online.

A city councillor in Szczecin said the image was "spitting on the memory of the millions of Polish and Jewish victims of concentration camps".

The tweet was posted just days before the Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January, which will mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

The official Twitter account for the Auschwitz memorial and museum warned the MEP against the "instrumentalisation of the tragedy" of the Holocaust.

"Animal rights deserve a better and wiser defence than the trivialisation of horrible human suffering".

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