SEY is the biggest and most influential animal welfare group and animal protection expert in Finland. SEY acts for all animals and is active country-wide.

Animal Protection Counselling

SEY has about 80 volunteer animal protection counsellors throughout Finland. The animal protection counsellors of SEY have been part of the overseeing of animal welfare in Finland and increasing people’s awareness of animal protection since 1902. On the basis of the received information, the animal protection counsellors of SEY make inspection visits to locations where animals are kept when there is suspicion of animal mistreatment. Most cases are resolved by counselling and co-operating with the owner. In serious incidents, the investigation is transferred to the authorities.

People contact the animal protection counsellors of SEY by telephone or Internet on various animal-related problems, whether big or small. SEY advises on animal-related problems about 10,000 times on an annual basis.

Member Associations

SEY has over 40 member associations throughout Finland. The member associations are the animal protection experts of their own areas. Most work for homeless animals and wild animals, and some run animal shelters. The associations also organise animal vaccination and identification marking campaign, food drives, and other events.


SEY organises campaigns and events on current animal welfare issues. SEY has organised the annual Animal Week (Eläinten viikko) campaign since 1959.

Youth Activities

The prevention of animal protection problems is important for SEY, working with children and young people a crucial issue. The animal handling training school ELLU, school visits, and the information package for the Animal Week (Eläinten viikko) increase children and young people’s knowledge on animal issues and protection.

Political Influencing

SEY influences the legislation, policymaking and public opinion concerning animals. SEY issues statements, negotiates and participates in working groups, and advisory boards as an animal protection representative. SEY is a valued and expert partner.

Raising Awareness and Knowledge

SEY believes in knowledge as the basis of all animal welfare promotion. SEY organises training events, supplies materials and publishes bulletins. The newsletter Eläinten ystävä (Animal Lover) discusses current animal issues and animal protection from grassroots work to political influencing.


SEY co-operates with animal welfare entities in several ways. These entities include agricultural and environmental organisations, kennel clubs, associations for recreational fishing, horse associations, the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira. The co-operation helps influencing animal protection views. SEY also has representatives in animal protection advisory boards that are drawing the animal protection guidelines for the foreseeable future.

International Activities

SEY is the Finnish representative in developing the EU animal welfare legislation in the Eurogroup for Animals, the umbrella organisation for animal welfare groups in the EU. SEY is a member of the World Animal Protection, and the Nordic Council for Animal Welfare. SEY participates is international campaigns, and forwards information to Finland.


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