Nearly 400 reports of violations of the Animal Welfare Act have been registered in Norway so far this year

Caged dogPhoto: Vegard Grøtt / NTB
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The police have received 379 reports of violations of the Animal Welfare Act so far this year. 

As of today, six of the country’s police districts have animal crime groups, which are investigating crimes against animals.

The animal crime group in the Southeastern Police District is the newest addition to the fight against animal-related crime, while the Trøndelag Police District was the first in the country to establish the animal crime group in 2015. Before 2022, all the country’s police districts will have animal crime groups in place.

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) writes that the number of animal-related cases has increased. The number of animal welfare cases that end up in the judicial system has also multiplied in recent years.

In 2020, 59.2% of the cases reported were solved.

“It is easier to get to the finish line,” Grethe Møkkelgård Fossum, leader of the animal crime group in Trøndelag Police District, stated. She believes the cases have been handled better by the police after the group was established.

According to NRK, the majority of cases are related to the lack of supervision and care, illegal methods of killing, violence, and animals being abandoned. 

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

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