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Animal Transportation Act

Updated February 21, 2017

Passed in 2006, the Animal Transport Act is a piece of Finnish legislation. The Act deals with protecting and ensuring the health of live animals while they are being transported or shipped as cargo within Finland.

Function

The Act's primary purpose is to ensure the safety of live animals. To this end, the Act makes it illegal for animals being transported to have inadequate food, water and rest for their trip.

Considerations (Injured Animals)

Any animal injured during transport or that falls ill during transport must be immediately separated from other animals and brought to a veterinarian. No animal may be knowingly transported in Finland if they are injured or ill.

Regulation

The Act is regulated by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. Individuals seeking to transport live animals must apply for authorisation from the State Provincial Officer in the territory that the animal is originally being transported from.

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Drew Lichtenstein started writing in 2008. His articles have appeared in the collegiate newspaper "The Red and Black." He holds a Master of Arts in comparative literature from the University of Georgia.