List of achievements
Since being founded in 2001, the Norwegian Animal Protection Alliance´s achievements include the following issues:
A new Animal Welfare Act
Norwegian Animal Protection Alliance convinced the Parliament in 2003 that a new Animal Welfare Act would have to be written. In 2009 the new Animal Welfare Act was adopted. Among other things, the Act states that all animal individuals have an intrinsic value. Sexual abuse of animals is banned, and it is forbidden to kill animals purely for entertainment. Animals are entitled not only to protection from suffering, but also to positive welfare.
Stopping planned animal experiments
Norwegian Animal Protection Alliance has repeatedly succeeded in stopping planned animal experiments. For example we have saved animals from severe brain surgery and stopped experiments with micro waves as a killing method for lab animals. Norwegian Animal Protection Alliance struggles every month to save lab animals through our representation in the Norwegian Animal Research Authority.
Piglet castration without anaesthetization
Previously about 650.000 Norwegian piglets had their testicles cut off without anaesthesia. Due to documentation and pressure from the Norwegian Animal Protection Alliance, the Norwegian Parliament decided in 2002 that Norway, as the first country in the world, would ban piglet castration. The ban comes into force from 2009. In the meantime, local pain relief must be provided to the piglets.
Animals' intrinsic value
According to Norwegian law, animals are “things", and have no rights. The Norwegian Animal Protection Alliance bases its work on the view that animals have intrinsic value. The alliance maintains that animals should be given legal status as sentient beings. In 2003, after pressure from the Norwegian Animal Protection Alliance, the Parliament agreed that animals must be viewed as having “intrinsic value".
Serum production in live laboratory animals
Previously serum was routinely produced in the bodies of live rodents, resulting in severe pain due to increases in body fluid. Following documentation from the Norwegian Animal Protection Alliance, the Norwegian Animal Research Authority decided in 2002 that such (acites) production be strictly limited. The production now takes place almost exclusively in test tubes.
Scalding of live chickens in Norwegian slaughterhouses
Up until 2003 about 1.000 chickens a year risked being placed alive into scalding hot water (to remove feathers), due to improper slaughter methods. The Norwegian Animal Protection Alliance revealed the suffering in 2002. Subsequently the Norwegian Animal Health Authority passed new rules and agreed to the full rebuilding of Norway´s three largest bird slaughterhouses.
Animal welfare in WTO
The Norwegian Animal Protection Alliance has made an effort to strengthen Norway´s international role concerning animal welfare. In 2003 the Norwegian Parliament decided that Norway should make efforts to forward animal welfare in the WTO.
Official review of laboratory animals used
In 2002 the Norwegian Animal Protection Alliance revealed that Norway uses the greatest number of laboratory animals in Scandinavia. Furthermore, official statistics were revealed to be severely incomplete; for example experiments on many wild animals were not included in official statistics. Partly due to pressure from the Norwegian Animal Protection Alliance, the real extent of animal experiments was made officially available in 2002. The issue was debated in the media and subsequently the question was brought up in the Norwegian Parliament.
A ban on tooth clipping of piglets
Cutting piglets incisor teeth used to be common practice on Norwegian pig farms. In 2002, partly due to pressure from the Norwegian Animal Protection Alliance, the Norwegian Animal Health Authority agreed to ban this cruel practice.
Alternatives to animal experimentation
Norway has no strategy for the use of alternatives to animal experiments. The Norwegian Animal Protection Alliance documented advances in other countries and informed the Norwegian Parliament. In 2003 results were obtained: The Parliament decided that this important work is to be given priority.