WDA seeks to reopen the Animal Welfare Alliance in Norway Parliament

The Japanese National Diet has recently reopened the Cross-Party Animal Welfare Alliance, after being suspended for nearly three years due to the outbreak of COVID-19. The same situation happens in Norway, where in 2019 the World Dog Alliance (WDA) formed the Cross-Party Animal Welfare Alliance in the Norwegian Parliament, which is also being suspended since the outbreak of COVID-19. 

The Alliance was proposed by the founder of the WDA, Genlin, and was supported by the then MP Ulf Leirstein. Under his leadership, the WDA organised a parliamentary event on 27 March 2019. The event was attended by MPs Ingjerd Schou of the Conservative Party and Kristoffer Haug of the Green Party. The WDA representatives gave a detailed presentation on dog meat consumption in Asia at the event and there was a lot of support for the WDA to push for a ban on dogs and cats in Norway. After the meeting, the WDA representative was interviewed by TV2, the largest local TV channel, in front of the Parliament building.

Now that the epidemic is over, the WDA has redeployed its work in Norway. The response has been very positive and it is hoped that Norway will follow Japan and reopen the Cross-Party Animal Welfare Parliament in parliament.