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Finnish citizens’ initiative to ban hunting irons

Het Finse burgerinitiatief om jachtijzers bij wet te verbieden is geslaagd
The Finnish Parliament Photo: Mikko Huisko


The Finnish citizens’ initiative to ban hunting irons by law has succeeded and will be considered by Parliament.

Hunting clip photo: Jussi Nukari

The citizens’ initiative ‘All hunting irons (such as clips and snares) should be banned by law’ has succeeded. The initiative has received 52,042 statements of support.

According to the rationale behind the initiative, animals other than small predators, such as bears, will also be victimised and trapped. They will suffer unnecessarily.
When this happens, hunters kill a trapped animal with its possible cubs. This is not right, the initiative says.

The initiative points out that the Nature Conservation Act also stipulates that a wild animal must be helped if it is in distress or injured. It is known that three bears were killed in this way in Finland last year.

A citizens’ initiative is an initiative by at least 50,000 Finnish voters, which contains reasoned proposals to pass a law or a proposal to start drafting a law.