Target: Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway
Goal: Praise creation of new police unit dedicated to investigating animal cruelty crimes.
A police unit has been dedicated solely to investigating and apprehending perpetrators of animal cruelty in Norway. The initiative, which will be running a trial for three years, will take place in the western Sor-Trondelag county and will be the first of its kind in the country. The unit will consist of an investigator, a legal expert, and a coordinator who will focus solely on crimes of animal cruelty.
In 2014, under 40 cases of animal cruelty were reported to police in Norway. Not only will the unit address these crimes, but will help catch and rehabilitate those who could move on to commit more serious crimes against humans in the future. According to the Norwegian government, studies have found a correlation between those who abuse animals as youth and those who commit violent crimes as adults.
This law will only add to Norway’s excellent record of protection for animals. Using live animals as bait is illegal in the country, as is abandoning them. The government foots the bill for the medical care of any sick or injured animal found by a citizen and brought into a shelter or veterinary center, and requires citizens to act if they see a group of stray or wild animals exposed to sickness or abnormal suffering.
This new unit will ensure that police have the time and resources to investigate all allegations of animal cruelty, and could help prevent violent crimes in the future. If successful, this trial could change the landscape of animal protection all over Europe. Sign the petition below to applaud Norway’s efforts to ensure that breaches of animal cruelty laws are dealt with in a serious manner.
Dear Prime Minister Erna Solberg,
Norway has recently announced a new experimental police unit dedicated to the investigation and prosecution of animal cruelty crimes. The unit, which consists of an investigator, a legal expert, and a coordinator, will operate for three years as a trial and become permanent if successful. The unit will not only fight crimes against animals, but hopefully apprehend offenders who could become violent towards humans in the future.
This move will only add to Norway’s many animal protection measures, including one that pays for the veterinary care of any sick or injured animal found by a citizen. If successful, the unit could set a new precedent for dealing with animal cruelty crimes in Europe. We, the undersigned, applaud the implementation of a dedicated animal protection police force.
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