In 2012 and 2013 the Norwegian animal activist, Frank Nervik,
worked undercover at Norwegian fur farms. What he found was shocking.
The Norwegian production company, Piraya Films, in collaboration with Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) produced the documentary, Pels, which means fur in Norwegian. Frank Nervik, a Norwegian psychologist, and animal activist was willing to go undercover at randomly chosen fur farms all over Norway to get a behind the scenes look at the fur industry. His cover story was to volunteer at a fur farm because he wanted to learn how to start his own fur farm. With his offer of free labor, he was allowed to see what really goes on behind closed doors.
The undercover investigation revealed:
-illegal lifting after tail with tongs
-illegal use of lifting tongs
-unlawful killing of minks
-handling of wounds and injuries not in line with regulations
-it revealed sub-standard care and feeding that was in violation of legal requirements
Unfortunately, any further investigation by police has been dismissed supposedly due to lack of time, but likely it's because they didn't want to get involved.
NRK wanted to show Pels on their Investigation TV show, Brennpunkt, which aired (after a lot of discussion between Piraya and the fur industry) December 9, 2014 for one hour and eight minutes. It included an interview with the Norwegian animal police (mattilsynet) and with the leader of the Norwegian Fur Association, Guri wormdahl. The politician, Sandra Boch, who supports the fur industry, was planning to join the show, but she actually got death threats if she joined the show. The police are currently investigating the threats, so I haven’t gotten any more info about that.
My name is Bendik Klein and I’m your reporter from Norway!