Full Statute Name:  Finnish Animal Welfare Act

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Popular Title:  Animal Welfare Act Primary Citation:  (247/1996, amendments up to 1430/2006 included) Country of Origin:  Finland Last Checked:  July, 2015 Date Adopted:  1996
Summary: The objective of the Finnish Animal Welfare Act is to protect animals from distress, pain and suffering in the best possible way. Another objective is to promote the welfare and good treatment of animals. In meeting these objectives, the Act prohibits inflicting undue pain and distress on animals; what is considered undue pain and distress is discussed by decree. The act also contains special provisions concerning hunting, keeping wild animals in zoos, fishing, veterinary medication, animal breeding, artificial propagation of animals, animal testing on vertebrates, animal transportation, gene technology and nature conservation.
Documents:  PDF icon Finnish Animal Welfare Act.pdf (144.99 KB)
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