Thousands marched in torchlight parades around the country over the weekend, to demonstrate their opposition to the fur industry and fur farms in Norway. The animal rights organization NOAH also threatens to sue the state if politicians continue to allow fur farms despite repeated findings of animal abuse.
Police estimated that around 4,000 demonstrators marched in Oslo alone on Saturday, while protest parades were also held in more than 20 cities around the country. In Oslo, the parade went from Youngstorget to the Parliament, where a series of appeals were held.
Opposition was strong to the government’s latest recommendation that the fur farmers be given yet another chance but under stricter monitoring and rules. That hasn’t satisfied opponents, who point to years of inspections that routinely find mink, fox and other caged animals with their tails or ears chewed off, or other serious injuries.
“It’s very important to mobilize now, both for us and for engaged people all over the country,” NOAH leader and veterinarian Siri Martinsen told news bureau NTB. She said thousands of Norwegians are upset and disappointed by the government’s response, and that NOAH intends to file suit if fur farms aren’t shut down.