“[These] are key issues that the law absolutely must cover,” they view.
Sari Sarkomaa (NCP), a member of a parliamentary animal welfare group, has similarly expressed her disappointment with the bill, urging lawmakers to address the shortcomings in the bill before presenting it to the Parliament. She believes, for example, that the use of tie-stall barns and farrowing crates should be banned after a transitional period - writes helsinkitimes.fi
“The primary objective of the reformed animal welfare act is to promote the well-being of animals. It prescribes that animals must have the possibility to satisfy their key behavioural needs and that the supervision of animal welfare is stepped up,” she states.
Emma Kari (Greens), in turn, warns that the bill could end up having a negative affect on food producers in Finland.
“Consumers are increasingly interested in the ethics of food and animal well-being. The fact that our legislation will be well behind our neighbouring countries also after the reform damages the reputation of Finnish food production. It is unfortunate if the government manages to make ethical consumers prefer foreign animal production with an ill-advised law,” she said.
“This is not in the interests of producers or animals.”
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Mikko Stig – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi
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