FALSE: Marriage between humans and animals now legal in Norway

Claim: In Norway, humans and animals can get married and have sexual intercourse, according to an article by website thewatchdogweb.com.

The article said that Dagens Næringsliv, a Norwegian media outlet specializing in business news, published a story on March 10, 2017 about a 23-year-old woman named Barbarä Trüdlosmek as the first human to marry a domestic animal and celebrate a “zoocontractual union.” At the bottom of the story, it also listed secretnews.fr as a source.

The article was posted in June 2017, but several Facebook pages were still sharing the link as of October this year. Social media monitoring tool CrowdTangle data shows Filipino Facebook page called "4:30pm ko to ginawa" got the most number of engagements, with over 2,100 shares and 300 comments.

The page shared the link on October 1, 2019, and several users were still sharing it as of writing. Facebook Claim Check, the social media network’s tool that identifies suspicious posts spread across the platform, flagged the link for fact checking.

Rating: FALSE

The facts: The source of information cited in the article, secretnews.fr, is a French satirical website but thewatchdogweb.com treated it as an official source. Norway has not legalized marriage between humans and animals.

Secretnews.fr published two satirical articles about the topic – first in November 2016, then in February 2018. The first post said marriages between humans and animals will soon be legalized, and the second one featured Trüdlosmek marrying her dog on Valentine’s Day.

In its About Me section, secretnews.fr wrote: “SecretNews.fr is a free and independent collaborative parodic media gathering several contributors. Most of the information on this site is probably false, published for a satirical and humorous purpose and can not be considered authentic.”

The Norwegian paper mentioned in the article, Dagens Næringsliv, also did not publish anything about the matter. An archived version of its webpage on March 10, 2017 shows no mention of Trüdlosmek or legalized marriages between humans and animals. The name Barbarä Trüdlosmek was also never mentioned in any of its published articles.

The photo of the woman and dog used in the articles is a stock photo from Pixabay. – Pauline Macaraeg/Rappler.com

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