Statutes of Minding Animals Norway


 [Last revised at the open meeting/General Meeting October 15th 2011 and further, by mandate from the open meeting, on the board meeting held November 28th 2011]


§ 1 The name of the association

The Association's name is Minding Animals Norway [Minding Animals Norge], and the association was incorporated on September 7th 2011.


§ 2 Purpose

Minding Animals Norway is the Norwegian branch of Minding Animals International and shall serve as a bridge between academia and activism, and be a Norwegian forum for the interdisciplinary field that studies human-animal relationships, [aspects of] environmental problems included. Minding Animals Norway aims to facilitate discussion between the various interests in this rapidly growing interdisciplinary field of research in a way that will improve the status of non-human animals, and to improve our understanding of the human being as a natural creature.


§ 3 Legal person

The association is self-owned and an independent legal entity with impersonal and limited liability for debt.


§ 4 [Signature mandate]

The Chair and Deputy Chair jointly have [a mandate to sign on behalf of the association].


§ 5 Members

Minding Animals Norway is a democratic membership organisation. There are two types of membership: Membership on an annual basis and membership for life.


§ 6 Right to vote and eligibility

All members have the right to vote and are eligible for offices of the association.


§ 7 Membership fee

The membership fee shall be set by the Annual Meeting and shall be paid in advance. Only paying members are considered as members. Current rates for the membership fee are 100 NOK per year and 200 NOK for lifetime membership. Upon payment of the annual membership fee in the months September to December, the payment grants membership for the coming calendar year as well.


§ 8 Remuneration for officers

Officers shall not receive remuneration for their duties.


§ 9 Annual Meeting

An Annual Meeting shall be held each year, and is the highest authority of the association. The Annual Meeting is called by the Board with at least 1 month's notice. Proposals to be discussed at the Annual Meeting must be submitted to the Board no later than 2 weeks before the Annual Meeting. A complete agenda shall be available to members at least 1 week before the Annual Meeting. All communications from the Board may occur electronically.

All members [may be present at] the Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting may also invite other persons and/or media to be present.

The Annual Meeting has a quorum constituted by the number of voting members in attendance. Anyone who has paid for membership in the current period is entitled to vote.

No amendment to these statutes can be treated at the Annual Meeting unless it has been listed on the agenda no later than 1 week before the Annual Meeting. Other issues can be addressed and settled given that [at least] 2/3 of the attending members call for it. Such a decision must be made in connection with approval of the agenda.


§ 10 Managing of Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting is chaired by an elected director.


§ 11 Voting at Annual Meeting

Unless other rules are stipulated, a decision is to be considered as valid if and only if it is passed by a simple majority of the votes cast. Blank votes shall be deemed not submitted.


Elections shall be conducted in writing if any of those present demand it.


§ 12 Tasks of the Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting shall:

  1. Treat Minding Animals Norway's annual report.

  2. Treat annual accounts.

  3. Treat submitted proposals.

  4. Adopt a work plan for the next year.

  5. Set membership fees.

  6. Adopt a budget.

  7. Elect board members, including Chair, Deputy Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Webmaster, and may also elect alternates (the Chair represents Minding Animals Norway in the Board of Directors of Minding Animals International).


§ 13 Extraordinary General Meetings

An extraordinary General Meeting is held when the Board decides it, or when at least half of all members with a right to vote [i.e., paying members] demands it.

Such meetings shall be called in the same manner as regular Annual Meetings, with at least 14 days’ notice.

Extraordinary General Meetings can only treat, and make decisions in, those issues that have been announced in the call.


§ 14 Board

The association is led by a Board of seven members. The Board is the highest authority of the association between the Annual Meetings.


The board consists of a Chair, 4 board members and 2 alternates.


The Chair and board members are elected for two years. Two board members will be elected each year, and the Chair ever second year, to ensure that the terms of the board members overlap. One alternate member is elected each year to ensure that the terms of the alternate members overlap.


The Board shall:

  1. Organise an annual research seminar, possibly in connection to an external event.

  2. Prepare proposals for presentation at the Annual Meeting.

  3. Manage and [conduct the necessary] control of Minding Animal Norway's economy in accordance with current public instructions and regulations.

  4. Represent Minding Animal Norway [externally]. Media appearances must [whenever feasible] be cleared in the Board in advance.

  5. Administer Minding Animals Norway's website, which shall also serve as a Nordic portal for human-animal studies.


The Board may additionally:

  1. Write letters to the editor and opinion pieces on behalf of Minding Animals Norway. These may be written individually or jointly by several board members. All letters to the editor and opinion pieces must be approved by the Board in advance.

  2. Submit [consultative statements] to central and local authorities in relevant cases. All submissions must be approved by the Board in advance.

  3. Co-arrange Dyreetikkonferansen (the Animal Ethics Conference).


The Board shall meet when the Chair calls a meeting or when a majority of the board members demands it. Board meetings may take place via telephony. [Decisions may also be made] in continuous communication, provided that a majority of the board members actively takes part.

The Board has a quorum when a majority of the board members are present [or are active]. Decisions are made by a [simple] majority of the votes cast.


§ 15 Amendments to statutes

Amendments to these statutes can only be made at a regular Annual Meeting or an extraordinary General Meeting after having been placed on the agenda [in advance], and require a 2/3 majority of the votes cast.


§ 16 Dissolution

Dissolution of Minding Norway Animals can be treated at a regular Annual Meeting or an extraordinary General Meeting. Dissolution requires a 2/3 majority.

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