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#1 Old 06-06-2008, 05:19 AM
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OSLO (AFP) - Police dogs should be considered civil servants and any acts of violence against them therefore merits the same punishment as attacks on human police officers, Norway's Supreme Court ruled Thursday.


"The police officer and dog work ... as a single unit and ... an attack on the dog must be viewed in the same manner as an attack on the officer," the court said in its ruling.


This is perhaps especially interesting as the Norwegian term for "civil servant" is "offentlig tjenestemann" where "mann" obviously means "man". So it would seem that according to the ruling a dog is to be considered a man while it's doing police work.

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*waits for an outrage about such a semantical carelessness, involving the quoting of dictionary definitions*

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#3 Old 06-07-2008, 01:18 AM
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This is perhaps especially interesting as the Norwegian term for "civil servant" is "offentlig tjenestemann" where "mann" obviously means "man".

So, where do women fit, in this scenario?

It will be interesting to see what happens to this fellow when he goes back to the Appeals Court.

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#4 Old 06-07-2008, 06:20 AM
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So much to learn from friendship of Europeans toward animal.
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So I guess it's ok, then, to call certain female Norwegian civil servants "*****es" and not get in trouble for it.

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