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Norwegian Food Safety Authority calls for firearms

Firearms should be deployed on Norwegian trains, the Norwegian Food Safety Authority says, so that animals the trains collide with can be killed quickly and humanely.

Animals suffer long and painful deaths after rail collision, the authority believes. It accuses rail companies of violating the Animal Welfare Act, stressing the phenomenon on the 730km-long Nordland Line between Trondheim and Bodø.

“The animal welfare law is repeatedly violated on the Nordland Line,” senior adviser Asle-Håvard Miklegard told the news agency NRK. “Animals are left for hours with a broken back, fractured bones and severe pain before being killed.”

Trains hit a total of 2,316 deer on the track between Steinkjer near Trondheim and Bodø between 2001 and 2011.

Åge-Christoffer Lundebyveien at the national rail operator NSB said it was unlikely weapons would be deployed on trains any time soon.

NTB/The Local

[pictured: NSB train; photo Wikipedia]

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