Agriculture Minister Sylvi Listhaug announces that the government will carry out a pilot project for establishing an animal police unit, writes Nationen .
Listhaug informs that the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Agriculture have set up a working group to look at how to create the scheme. The group will find a model that will strengthen role of the police in cases involving crimes against animals.
Mattilsynet (FSA) believes that the current penalties for animal cruelty is much lower than the law dictates and that low knowledge about animals among the police is one of the main reasons.
The proposal is also supported by the opposition parties.