Finland

Finland

 

Farm Animal Welfare Council

 

Companion and Hobby Animal Welfare Council

 

National Committee for the protection of animals used for scientific purposes

 

 

Scope

 

The scope of the Finnish Welfare Councils is to improve animal welfare in Finland in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture, other authorities and other parties in farm animal production, companion and hobby animal sector, and laboratory animal sector.

 

 

Short outline of structure

 

The Welfare Councils include 12–15 members and their personal deputies in addition to the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson. They have a broad representation from all the central participants in animal welfare, from producer to consumer, and from breeder to hobbyist. The members represent practical agricultural, companion and hobby animal expertise, laboratory animal expertise, expertise in human medicine, animal welfare, social and economic sciences, ethical concerns on animal husbandry, animal protection officers, practical animal protection control, voluntary animal protection societies, agricultural advisory organizations, food industry, retailers and consumers.

 

 

Short outline of working methods

 

The Finnish Animal Welfare Councils follow and evaluate the development of animal welfare in the Finnish society. They assist in animal welfare issues and policy formulation. Councils make proposals on improving animal welfare to the Ministry, give statements on animal welfare initiatives and proposals, and make suggestions on animal welfare issues. The Councils consult and co-operate with The National Research Centre for Animal Welfare, The Finnish Centre for Animal Welfare and Animal Welfare Ombudsman.

 

The Finnish Centre for Animal Welfare (http://www.elaintieto.fi/master-english.aspx) is the secretary for Farm Animal and Hobby and Companion Animal Welfare Councils. It is a joint national expert network on animal welfare for the University of Helsinki, the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, with the aim of promoting and guaranteeing animal welfare.

 

 

Link to the website

 

Farm Animal Welfare Council

http://www.mmm.fi/fi/index/etusivu/elaimet/tehvnk.html

 

 

Companion and Hobby Animal Welfare Council            

http://www.mmm.fi/fi/index/etusivu/elaimet/seura-jaharrastuselaintenhyvinvoinninneuvottelukunta.html

 

 

National Committee for the protection of animals used for scientific purposes

http://www.mmm.fi/fi/index/etusivu/elaimet/tieteellisiintaiopetustarkoituksiinkaytettavienelaintensuojelunneuvottelukunta.html

 

 

Publications

 

The Welfare Councils have issued statements e.g. concerning the dehorning of calves, castration of piglets, animal welfare research and education, and common information on animal welfare and animal keeping. The statements are published in Finnish, some of them also in English (see the Councils’ webpages).

 

A first major report on animal welfare in Finland is recently published by The Finnish Centre for Animal Welfare. The report collects information and describes the state of animal welfare nationally. Download the report in English:

 

http://elaintenhyvinvointikeskus.edublogs.org/files/2012/02/Animal-Welfare-Report-11z5o7w.pdf

 

 

Contact details 

 

Farm Animal Welfare Council

Chairman Olli Peltoniemi, Professor, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ECAR & ECPHM - olli.peltoniemi@helsinki.fi

Secretary Satu Raussi, PhD, Head of the Finnish Centre for Animal Welfare - satu.raussi@helsinki.fi

 

Companion and Hobby Animal Welfare Council

Chairman Mika Leppinen, LL.M. - mika.leppinen@farmasialiitto.fi

Secretary Tiina Kauppinen, PhD, expert at the Finnish Centre for Animal Welfare - tiina.kauppinen@helsinki.fi

 

National Committee for the protection of animals used for scientific purposes

Chairman Outi Vainio, Professor, DVM, PhD

Secretary Eila Kaliste, PhD

 

The Finnish Centre for Animal Welfare / Animal Welfare Councils

P.O. Box 57

00014 University of Helsinki

Finland