No plans to exterminate minks

Norway’s Parliament has already decided to phase out its fur farming industry, so its mink population has been in decline. That’s made it easier to control, claims Agriculture Minister Olaug Bollestad, who claims Norway won’t follow Denmark in killing off minks because of Corona infection fears. Denmark’s decision to destroy all minks, because of infection […]

Fur farmers win more compensation

Norway’s newly minority government headed off another challenge this week when it agreed to pay out far more compensation to fur farmers who must phase out their operations. No one knows, however, how much Norway’s forced shutdown of fur farming after myriad cases of animal abuse will now cost taxpayers. The fur farmers’ lobby had […]

Norway formally bans fur farming

A majority in Norway’s Parliament voted as expected this week to formally ban fur farming from February 2025. Some Members of Parliament from the government parties reluctantly went along with the ban, which marked a victory for the small Liberal Party. The Liberals had been agitating for a ban on fur farming for years, following […]

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. […]

Majority supports fur industry phase-out

A new survey shows that a majority of Norwegians support the conservative government’s recent decision to phase out the fur industry. The survey was taken after the newly expanded government agreed on the phase-out. The survey was conducted by research firm Sentio for newspaper Nationen, which traditionally is supported by farmers and advocates of rural […]

Fur farmers fight pending shutdown

After repeated incidents of animal abuse and complaints from animal welfare activists, Norway’s newly expanded coalition government now plans to phase out the entire industry. The country’s remaining fur farmers claim they’re “shocked,” despite years of warnings. The addition of the non-socialist but environmentally conscious Liberal Party to Norway’s conservative government coalition, announced Sunday, led […]

Fur farmers face more restrictions

After repeated cases of animal abuse at Norwegian fur farms, state officials are now imposing more restrictions and tougher regulations. Animal rights activists wish the farms had been shut down all together. The state agricultural ministry, responding to all the findings of negligence and poor conditions in animals’ cages, is now prohibiting keeping mink, for […]

Government saves fur industry after all

Despite massive criticism and doumented cases of animal abuse, Norway’s conservative minority government coalition has decided to give the country’s controversial fur industry yet another chance. The government is setting much stricter demands, however, for animal welfare. A majority of the members of the Parliament’s committee on business and industry voted, as expected, for the […]

Torchlight parades protested fur industry

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 […]