It’s been a terrible week for animals in Norway, with two dramatic hunting accidents and a raid on a fur farm that uncovered scores of animals suffering from injuries and illness. In the latter case, hundreds more ended up having to be destroyed.
Newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad reported that as many as 500 mink caged at the raided fur farm in Klepp in Rogaland County, western Norway, had to be put to sleep to relieve their suffering. That’s far more than the 74 initially reported by the authorities.
The farmer, who faces criminal charges of gross negligence filed by both authorities and his own industry organization, has admitted that he “lost control” over the roughly 30,000 mink he raises for their furs. He also apologized but still faces losing his operating certification.
Animals rights activists were also calling on hunters to maintain better control over their dogs, after moose hunters shot and killed tame moose housed in a fenced-in animal park in Troms County and a wolf in Oslo’s eastern forest. In both cases, dogs were involved and the activists want them leashed in the forest near urban areas.