Norway tests out ‘animal rights cops’

Oslo [AFP]

Norway is creating a police unit to investigate cruelty to animals, arguing that those who hurt animals often harm people too.

‘First of all, it’s important to take care of our animals, so that they enjoy the rights they have and that there be a follow-up when their rights are violated,’ Agriculture Minister Sylvi Listhaug said on Monday, describing animals at risk as ‘often defenceless’.

The initiative ‘can also help fight crime and attacks against people, since studies show that some of those people who commit crimes and misdemeanours against animals also do the same to people’, Listhaug said.

The initiative will be tested out for three years.

Police in the western county of Sor-Trondelag will appoint three people – an investigator, a legal expert and a co-ordinator – to fight animal abuse.

Animal rights groups hailed the initiative.

‘The process of taking animal abuse seriously has begun,’ said Siri Martinsen of the animal rights’ group Noah.

In 2014, 38 cases of animal abuse were reported to police in Norway, according to public radio and television NRK.

Under Norwegian law, acts of animal abuse carry a maximum sentence of three years in prison.

Similar animal rights police units operate in the Netherlands and in Sweden.

2 responses to “Norway tests out ‘animal rights cops’”

  1. Victoria Thompson says:

    In the background of rapists and murderers there is a history of cruelty to animals. Stop the cruelty and the world will be a better place for everyone.

  2. Menkit Prince says:

    How enlightened of these countries! If only Western countries would follow suit …..

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