The Finnish Centre for Animal Welfare (EHK) is a network of Finnish animal welfare specialists, established in connection to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Helsinki. The centre is funded by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in Finland, and works in close collaboration to the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira.
The EHK connects the Finnish animal welfare research groups, such as the Research Centre for Animal Welfare (University of Helsinki) and the Animal Behaviour and Welfare Research Group (University of Eastern Finland). The centre has also close collaboration with the Animal Welfare Ombudsman and national animal welfare graduate school, ANIWEL, led from the veterinary faculty. In addition, the centre benefits from the scientific knowledge at the Finnish society for applied ethology SSES and the Finnish Society for Human-Animal Studies YKES.
The EHK staff includes Satu Raussi, the director of the centre, and Tiina Kauppinen, the specialist. The staff works in close collaboration to the seven animal welfare specialists of the advisory board. The board members (and their deputy members) are Susanna Ahlström (Riitta Heinonen) from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Pirjo Kortesniemi from the Assosiation for Animal Desease Prevention ETT (Heidi Härtel from the HKScan), Leena Ahola from the University of Eastern Finland (Hannu T. Korhonen from the Agrifood Research Finland MTT), Anna Valros (Laura Hänninen) and Outi Vainio (Olli Peltoniemi) from the University of Helsinki, Taina Aaltonen (Helena Hepola) and Jaana Mikkola (Taina Mikkonen) from the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira.
Contact Point (EC) 1099/2009
The Finnish Centre for Animal Welfare (EHK) is the Finnish Contact Point in Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009 on the protection of animals at the time of killing.
Finnish Centre for Animal Welfare, P.O. Box 57, 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland
Director Satu Raussi, satu.raussi(@)helsinki.fi, gsm +358 50 4156 570
Specialist Tiina Kauppinen, tiina.kauppinen(@)helsinki.fi, gsm +358 44 3001 295
Report on Animal Welfare in Finland in English
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