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100s march against fur farming

An estimated 400-500 people took part in a march in Helsinki on Tuesday appealing to MPs to approve a citizens' initiative to ban fur farming a day before it comes up for debate in Parliament.

Turkistarhauksen vastainen mielenosoitus Helsingissä.
Demonstrators in from Parliament on Tuesday. Image: Markku Ulander / Lehtikuva

Demonstrators gathered in the capital's Senate Square and marched to Parliament at around mid-day.Although the march delayed traffic in the city centre, police said there were no incidents during the demonstration.

Parliament takes up the debate on a bill to ban fur farming that was generated as a citizens' initiative on Wednesday.

The position taken by Parliament's Agriculture and Forestry Committee is that fur production should be allowed to continue in Finland because of its economic and employment impact.

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Paper: Online collection scam took advantage of grieving family

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A family in the western coastal city of Pori lost their newborn child recently in a tragic series of events widely reported in the Finnish press. The family also incurred over 50,000 euros in debts during the ordeal. Moved by their plight, several private parties posted bank account numbers on various online forums in an effort to start a collection for the grieving family. Unfortunately, a local newspaper has revealed that at least one of the accounts has proven to be a clear incidence of scamming.

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