Farmers face far more inspections

Filth and animal neglect found at a series of farms in Rogaland, southwestern Norway, were branded as “completely unacceptable” by Agriculture Minister Jon Georg Dale after a meeting with farmers’ representatives. They admitted to “attitude problems” within the industry and now face far more frequent inspections nationwide. Lars Petter Bartnes, leader of the powerful national […]

Pigs suffering at Norwegian farms

Agricuture Minister Jon Georg Dale has called the pork industry and its representatives in on the proverbial carpet, after terrible conditions have been revealed at pig farms in southwestern Norway. Another case of poor animal welfare was reported just last week, the latest in a string of embarrassing incidents for farmers who survive on public […]

Moose fell onto metro tracks, halting service

A wayward moose, possibly hungry and confused by all the snow that’s fallen in the Oslo area lately, wound up roaming into suburban Bærum on Tuesday and onto a bridge. The large animal then fell from the bridge onto the tracks of the Oslo area’s public transit metro line, with fatal consequences. Jan Rustad, spokesman […]

Thousands rallied to protect wolves

Norway’s internationally controversial wolf hunt spurred more demonstrations over the weekend, this time to save the country’s wolves from what many fear will be threatened extinction once again. The new Norwegian government minister in charge of climate and environment issues also wants to protect wolves, but claims he must allow the hunt to proceed since […]

Fur farmers fight pending shutdown

After repeated incidents of animal abuse and complaints from animal welfare activists, Norway’s newly expanded coalition government now plans to phase out the entire industry. The country’s remaining fur farmers claim they’re “shocked,” despite years of warnings. The addition of the non-socialist but environmentally conscious Liberal Party to Norway’s conservative government coalition, announced Sunday, led […]

Court refused to block wolf hunt

A court in Oslo declined to grant another injunction to halt a state-authorized wolf hunt in Norway. The leader of the hunt, which resumed right after a pause during the holidays, quickly vowed “to take out the rest of wolves” allowed in its license to shoot 16. Around 100 eager hunters have been tracking down […]

Three more wolves shot in Rendalen

Hunters taking part in a major and controversial effort to greatly reduce Norway’s wolf population shot and killed two more wolves on Wednesday while wounding a third. The wounded wolf was later found and killed as well. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that it took several hours for around 50 hunters to track down the injured […]

Three wolves shot as big hunt resumes

Determined hunters shot a third wolf on Tuesday as Norway’s biggest wolf hunt in 45 years resumed after a forced break between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Farmers who feel threatened by wolves, meanwhile, howled during the holidays over seasonal milk cartons depicting a wolf that they felt glorified the predator they fear the most. […]

Wolf hunt resumed

Norway’s government minister in charge of the environment has allowed another controversial wolf hunt to resume, even as legal action to halt it proceeds in the Oslo City Court. Climate and Environment Minister Vidar Helgesen isn’t waiting for the court’s decision, and allowed the hunt for seven wolves outside zones protecting them in Oslo, Akershus, […]

More reindeer meet tragic fate

Sami reindeer herders and not least their animals suffered yet another tragedy during the weekend, when a passenger train run by railway NSB plowed once again into a herd of around 80 reindeer grazing on the tracks. Around 20 had to be killed because they were so badly injured. It’s the latest in a string […]