Farmers seek help to care for animals

UPDATED: Shamed Norwegian farmers and the huge meat producer and market regulator they collectively own, Nortura, now admit that far too many animals are suffering under terrible conditions in barns around the country. They’re asking for more unannounced inspections of farms raising pork by Norway’s food safety authority Mattilsynet. “It’s important for us to have […]

Horrific conditions at more pork farms

Animal rights activists have once again revealed what’s now being called “systematic failure and animal abuse” at a wide range of Norwegian pork farms. Promises from Norwegian meat producers that their animals are well-tended have not been kept, according to shocking photos and video taken at 26 farms in eight Norwegian counties and 46 municipalities. […]

Angry farmers also sow internal conflict

Norwegian farmers drove their tractors right up to the Parliament in Oslo on Tuesday, furious that the government offered them less than half the amount of taxpayer support and subsidy they’d demanded. Leaders of their own agricultural cooperatives, meanwhile, are pocketing multi-million-kroner salaries and bonuses, raising questions about internal disparity and conflict. The farmers can […]

Farmers refuse to negotiate demands

UPDATED: Negotiations between Norwegian farmers and the government for more agricultural subsidy and financial support ended before they began on Thursday. Now some angry farmers are also threatening coordinated protest action and even civil disobedience in an effort to secure more taxpayer support. Norway’s two major farm lobbying organizations, under severe pressure and criticism from […]

Farmers demand billions in support

Norwegian farmers’ two major lobbying organizations have handed over demands for NOK 2.1 billion in taxpayer support for the year ahead, spread over cost coverage, higher prices for their products and direct subsidy from the state budget. It would amount to income growth of nearly NOK 50,000 a year, more than triple what most other […]

Wolves’ fate up to the Supreme Court

Norway’s Supreme Court started hearing the state’s appeal of a rare victory for those trying to save the country’s allegedly protected wolf population from the rifles of those who feel threatened by them. Some say the court decision may change Norway’s predator policies forever, or usher in more laws against them. Ranchers, forest owners and […]

Farmer indicted for neglecting his sheep

A farmer in Målselv, Northern Norway, has been indicted and faces a court trial on several counts of violating animal welfare laws. It’s the latest case of neglect within Norway’s agriculture industry, which otherwise claims to have among the best-tended livestock in the world. Not so, given several recent cases of a neglect and abuse among […]

Farmer jailed after neglecting animals

A Norwegian man has been sentenced to eight months in prison after state food and animal authorities found 340 dead pigs and at least another 45 either injured or sick on his farm in Jæren, southwestern Norway. It was the latest in a string of abuse cases in a farming industry that otherwise bills itself […]

Fish over cheese in Brexit talks

Norway’s left-leaning newspaper Dagsavisen has long supported subsidies and tariff protection for farmers in Norway, but now thinks they should let more British cheese into the country if it means Norway can sell more processed fish to the UK. The paper printed a surprising rebuke to Norway’s protectionist farm lobby in an editorial this week, […]

Police find 80 dead sheep in Troms

In what appears to be a new case of animal neglect, police in Northern Norway found 80 dead sheep on a farm in Midt-Troms. Another 11 had to be killed to alleviate their own suffering. Police were reluctant to release details of the animal tragedy, but Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that they were investigating apparent […]