Helsinki Launches New Animal Protection Unit on Police Force

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Published: September 28, 2018
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In Helsinki, Finland, the police department has decided to establish a specialized unit that will focus on animal rights and animal protection.

According to Yle News, “The department's chief investigator, Jonna Turunen, said that the unit will work closely with veterinarians and other groups such as animal rights organisations.” The special animal protection unit will collaborate with the police and other authorities as well to deal with animal issues throughout Helsinki.

Yle News explains, “The Helsinki police animal unit, the first of its kind in the country, will be responsible for helping to resolve animal-related conflicts between owners, hunting offenses, animal breeding violations and the illegal import of animals.”

This will not only free up the general police department’s time, but it will also ensure that animal-related offenses are treated with specialized knowledge and dealt with appropriately.

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