Applaud Police for Focusing on Animal Cruelty


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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  1. HURRAH!!!! FOR THAT..

  2. Leave it to the Swede’s to set an example of compassion. Now let’s see other countries, including the U.S., follow that example.

  3. tristtan says:

    Thank you, Prime Minister Solberg for your compassion. You are at the vanguard of animal protection and I hope others follow your lead.

  4. caryl sawyer says:

    Hopefully, Norway will inspire others. But are you still killing whales?

  5. Sydney M says:

    Thanks for doing the right thing !!!!!!

  6. Mayra Romero says:

    This piece of news must be highlighted everywhere. Blessings to you, Prime Minister Solberg and your country, for spreading LIGHT and CONSCIOUSNESS. Please, send this message to the rest of the world. Compassion is what we need to make peace on earth, and with your kindness you are contributing a great deal to it. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Om Shanti Om.¡Muchas Bendiciones!

  7. Janice Meyer says:

    I’m so glad that at least one law enforcement organization has decided to add a unit to the criminals who abuse, neglect or in any conduct inhumane acts against animals. These people according to Gandhi, will be of the most progressive countries in the world. Congratulations!

  8. We sure need something like that in America. Here the police shoot just about every animal they come in contact with. And even when someone is caught abusing an animal the punishment is never enough to keep them from doing it again. There are millions upon millions of animal lover’s in America but not in law enforcement apparently because nothing ever seem’s to get done about it here. Heck we’re still one of the 2 countries in the world that experiments on chimps our closest animal in the animal kingdom! God Bless Norway for being advanced enough to be a voice for the voiceless. wish I could move there!

  9. Job well done …. it’s high time — the animals need you, humans need you, the community needs you — we are proud of you …. thank you … keep up your great work!

  10. At last a police force looking out for animals that is great , keep up the good work on behalf of the animals a big thank you.

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