Posted by African Press International on September 15, 2012
- Republished due to public demand: First published on the 17th Nov.2007.
Time to modernize Norway’s Animal Protection Act – Minister of Agriculture and Food Terje Riis-Johansen.
Bestiality ban proposed:
- Minister of Agriculture and Food Terje Riis-Johansen wants Norway’s Animal Protection Act updated to expressly forbid sex with animals.
The existing act only specifies the kicking and beating of animals as abuse, and the agriculture minister now wants to close loopholes.
“This is a punishable offense that shall not occur,” Riis-Johansen told NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting).
The ban will come into effect with the new Animal Protection Act, which will also prevent violence against animals and the use of live animals as feed or bait.
“It will still be legal to use a riding crop on a horse that must be trained. But beating a dog will be illegal,” the minister said.
According to a 2006 survey of 650 veterinarians last year, bestiality – sex with animals – occurs far more often than people think.
“Every fifth veterinarian has either established or strongly suspected the sexual abuse of one of its animal patients. The extent of sexual abuse of animals is far greater than we had reason to believe at the beginning,” said Live Kleveland of the Norwegian Animal Welfare Alliance.
She said that bestiality was first and foremost a problem with farming animals like cows, pigs, and sheep but also extended to domestic pets like cats and dogs, as well as sporting animals like horses.