The police in Finland look set to close down their special task force aimed against illegal animal rights activism. The unit was set up five years ago by the then Minister or the Interior Kari Rajamäki (SDP).

The Police Department of the Ministry of the Interior recognises that the special task force can be credited for the fact that the number of attacks by animal rights activists against fur farms has significantly declined in recent years.

"The operation has been successful", says police commissioner Robin Lardot from the Ministry of the Interior.

The special unit has taught police commanders around the country how to prevent and investigate crimes committed by animal rights activists.

Furthermore, the unit has distributed information to fur farmers on how to protect their property.

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