State prosecutor orders probe of abusive farmers

Norway’s top state prosecuting agency (Riksadvokaten) has ordered a preliminary probe into whether farmers raising pigs for the pork industry have  knowingly violated the country’s animal welfare laws. The probe comes after an NRK documentary that used hidden cameras to record conditions at more than a dozen farms in Norway. The documentary aired in June shocked […]

Farmer shoots wolf, police investigate

A police investigation is underway in Hedmark, the southeastern Norwegian county where farmers feel most threatened by wolves, after a local sheep rancher shot a wolf three times with a rifle early Tuesday morning. He claims he found the wolf in an area where his sheep were grazing, but police haven’t found any injured or […]

Meat co-op hit by consumer warning

Norway’s consumer protection authority has warned the country’s largest meat and poultry producer and market regulator, Nortura, that it appears to have violated marketing laws. It doesn’t believe Nortura can or should claim in its advertising that its meat comes only from pigs who’ve been well-treated.  “We doubt that Gilde (the meat division of Nortura) […]

Pork industry’s secrets revealed

Norwegian farmers’ carefully cultivated image of taking good care of their animals in almost idyllic settings was shattered Wednesday night. An NRK documentary revealed widespread animal abuse among those raising pork, along with cynical attitudes among farmers who were well aware they were violating Norway’s animal welfare regulations, and seemed immune to the suffering they […]

Heads roll at food safety authority

The head of Norway’s state regulatory agency in charge of animal- and food safety (Mattilsynet) resigned Friday, in the midst of a rising scandal. Harald Gjein’s resignation comes after state broadcaster NRK revealed an incorrect and seriously flawed report by the state regulator on a fur farmer in Rogaland that has brought the regulator’s credibility into question. […]

Sheep delivered seven lambs

Sheep rancher Øystein Knutsen said he could hardly believe it when one of his ewes gave birth Easter Sunday morning to no less than seven lambs. All of them, including the ewe herself, survived. Three days later, an unusually large flock was stumbling around in Knutsen’s barn at Vang in Hamar. Three of the lambs […]

Man charged with poisoning chimpanzee

A Norwegian man in his 40s with a criminal record has admitted to throwing bottles filled with amphetamine-laced drinks into the chimpanzee enclosure at the zoo in Kristiansand. Norway’s legendary chimp named Julius knew how to open the bottles, and the results were frightening. “He (the suspect) said that he’d been thinking for awhile that he […]

Police probe attempt to poison wolves

Someone has tried to poison Norway’s largest wolf pack, known as Kynnareviret, which roams in an area between Våler and Åsnes in Hedmark County. Police have found poisoned bait in six separate locations this winter, not far from the cadaver of a moose that had been killed by wolves just before the Christmas holidays. “This […]

Musk ox shot in Dovre

Seven of Norway’s Arctic musk ox that wander around the mountains of Dovre were shot in a single day this week, part of an effort to reduce the herd by up to 20. Wildlife authorities claim the goal is to ward off “conflicts” within the herds and between the musk ox and people. County officials […]

Someone wanted to poison Julius

Norway’s most famous chimpanzee, Julius, fell seriously ill during the recent winter holiday week after drinking the contents of a plastic bottle that someone tossed into his chimp enclosure at the country’s largest zoo in Kristiansand. The bottle contained narcotics, sending the chimp into a dangerous psychosis. “We’re shocked,” Rolf-Arne Ølberg, zoo veterinarian, stated on […]