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An Introduction to the Finnish Legal Order and the Legal Status of Nonhuman Animals from a Public Law Point of View

2013.09.09

AUTHOR: Birgitta Wahlberg Dr.Soc.Sc. (Public Law), Researcher at Åbo Akademi University in Finland
TITLE:An Introduction to the Finnish Legal Order and the Legal Status of Nonhuman Animals from a Public Law Point of View

PUBLICATION DATE: 2013
PUBLICATION PLACE: dA web Center, September 2013.

ABSTRACT

This text provides an introduction to the Finnish legal system and legal history. The author illustrates the hierarchical structure of the legal system in Finland and how these relate to Animal Welfare Policies. The text addresses what Finnish law mandates in situations when an animal’s welfare is compromised or endangered. The short text closes noting that as with other EU countries, Finland recognizes the sentience of non-human animals, yet juxtaposes this recognition with the current state of animal welfare, underscoring the importance of furthering public dialogue and raising awareness of this subject.

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