Three government ministers, all from the conservative Progress Party, gathered in Trondheim on Friday to formally launch their new pilot project aimed at cracking down on cruelty to animals.
Agriculture Minister Sylvi Listhaug, Finance Minister Siv Jensen and Justice Minister Anders Anundsen were on hand when officials from the Sør-Trøndelag Police District and the local region of the state Food Safety Authority (Mattilsynet) presented how they intend to fight animal abuse. The police have set up a special animal crime unit to pursue suspected offenders, while the food and agricultural authority has also set up a crime team that will work with the police.
Listhaug, who initiated the animal anti-cruelty effort, said she was glad the police and Mattilsynet were strengthening their cooperation in an effort to protect animal welfare. Animal rights activists have also hailed the effort.
“I’m sure this project will yield good results, and hope the experience emerging from the pilot project can be extended,” Listhaug said