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Politicians demand fur industry closures. Reports about animal cruelty on Norwegian fur farms have prompted politicians into action. Amongst continuing accusations and death threats come calls by the Coalition to close them for good. The Labour Party (Ap) and the Centre Party’s (SV) Agriculture Minister Lars Peder Brekk say they would rather wait six months to see if things improve. However, Socialist Left (SV) Leader Kristin Halvorsen believes the time is ripe to wind up the industry as soon as possible. She alleges health conditions for the animals are unacceptable.

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Politicians demand fur industry closures

Published on Monday, 15th November, 2010 at 14:00 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Reports about animal cruelty on Norwegian fur farms have prompted politicians into action. Amongst continuing accusations and death threats come calls by the Coalition to close them for good.

Norwegian fur farm
Norwegian fur farm
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Battle lines

The Labour Party (Ap) and the Centre Party’s (SV) Agriculture Minister Lars Peder Brekk say they would rather wait six months to see if things improve.

However, Socialist Left (SV) Leader Kristin Halvorsen believes the time is ripe to wind up the industry as soon as possible. She alleges health conditions for the animals are unacceptable.

“We see people will not accept the business long-term, so it is probably just as well to say something now anyway. It should be discontinued by a pre-agreed deadline,” she tells NRK.

Her remarks have further aggravated feelings of industry representatives, who lashed out at animal rights activists last week for giving an inaccurate picture.

Gorm Sanson, a vet in the Norwegian Fur Breeders’ Association (Pelsdyralslag/NFBA) , which represents 350 farms, claims Ms Halvorsen does not know what she is saying.

“You can send Kristin Halvorsen my greetings and ask what to do about the over hundreds of millions of salmon that die. 45 million salmon die in the [fish farming] cages. Over 100,000 chickens die on the way to the slaughterhouse. Over 30 percent of dog breeds have genetic diseases. What should we do about the cats who consume 50 million birds a year? Send her my greetings and tell her she has no idea,” he says.

Tougher measures

Meanwhile, as a result of a visit by animal activists to a farm in Klepp municipality in Rogaland, belonging to and run by Betran Trane Skadsem, head of the association,  the Food Safety Authority (Mattilsynet/FSA) found injured and dead animals when they arrived unannounced.

Mr Skadsem alleges he has received extremely threatening text messages since, according to Stavanger Aftenblad.

“Their wording can be interpreted as death threats,” he said last Friday.

Head of communications in Pelsdyralslaget, Arild Martinsen, says the association has now voted in favour of compulsory certification.

“This will allow us, the FSA, and external vets to supervise things better,” he tells NRK.




Published on Monday, 15th November, 2010 at 14:00 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: betran, trane, skadsem, fur, farm, gorm, sanson, norwegian, fur, breeders, association, food, safety, authority, labour, centre, party, socialist, left, lars, peder, brekk, kristin, halvorsen.





  
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