49-year-old man sentenced to 24 days of probation for illegal pig castration, has to pay 20,000-kroner fine

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A 49-year-old man has been sentenced in the Borgarting Court of Appeal to 24 days probation for having castrated a pig illegally.

The man was also fined NOK 20,000, the National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime in Norway (Økokrim) stated in a press release.

The 49-year-has violated the Animal Welfare Act and other regulations on keeping pigs by castrating pigs that were older than four weeks. 

He has also violated the rules that stipulate that castration of pigs must be performed by a veterinarian, with anesthesia and long-term pain relief. 

One of the castrations was shown in NRK’s ​​Brennpunkt documentary “Pig industry secrets.”

Reduced sentence

The prison sentence is three weeks lower than the Fredrikstad District Court’s verdict, passed in September 2020. 

The Court of Appeal concluded that appropriate punishment was probational imprisonment with a large fine.

“We take note of the verdict but are disappointed with the outcome of the Court of Appeal’s conclusion in this case. 

“We believe the actions are serious and deserve more severe punishment, and that was also the reason why we appealed,” prosecutor Maria Bache Dahl stated.

The verdict is not final yet.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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