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Wed, 08 Jun, 2016 12:04:11 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Jun 8
File Photo – Lehtikuva.
The components of the ruling alliance are opposed to any tighter animal welfare protection, found a survey commissioned by the animal rights organisation Animalia and the animal welfare federation Suomen Eläinsuojeluyhdistysten liitto (SEY).
One of the questions asked was whether an open, regular and enhanced control should be introduced on animal production farms and abattoirs. The Perussuomalaiset (Finns Party), the Suomen Keskusta (Centre Party) and the Suomen ruotsalainen kansanpuolue (Swedish People’s Party of Finland-RKP) completely disagreed with introduction of such measures, while the Kansallinen Kokoomus (National Coalition Party-NCP) partly disagreed. 
The Vasemmistoliitto (Left Alliance), the Vihreä liitto (Green League) and the Suomen Sosialidemokraattinen Puolue (Social Democratic Party of Finland), on the other hand, are in favour of introducing tighter controls.
“It is alarming that only three parties support tighter controls of animal welfare protection. There is, however, a lot to be done to improve supervision and intervention of maltreatment, since, according to Evira’s recent report, 23 per cent EU-obliged sample-based animal welfare protection inspections revealed shortcomings,” said SEY CEO Maria Lindqvist in a statement.
All the parties with the exception of the Finns Party support banning such cages which limit movement of animals and castration of piglets without pain relief.
On the other hand, only the Greens and the Leftists support complete abolition of fur farming. The two parties were the most positive when it comes to improvement of animal welfare, as they supported all the improvements in the animal welfare legislation as presented in the survey. The NCP also supported six out of 10 needs for improvements.
The SDP, the RKP and the Centre Party were most negative towards reform proposal presented in the survey. The Finns Party emerged as the one most opposed to animal welfare protection.
All the parliamentary political parties responded to the survey except the Suomen Kristillisdemokraatit (Christian Democrats of Finland).
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