Finnish Rabbit and Rodent Breeders’ Federation held its annual meeting in November and, among other things, elected the new Board for the Federation. Mrs. Piia Niemelä will be president of the Federation in 2021, Mrs. Laura Mehtonen will be vice president, Mrs. Karoliina Similä will be secretary and Mrs. Elina Ruha is member of the board.
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has listed our Federation among the organisations who are asked to make statements on animal related legislation. This is, on the other hand, an honor but it is also a seriously taken possibility to influence on decision making. All the bills on circulation of a proposal for comment can be found on the ministry web pages (mainly in Finnish).
European Association of Poultry, Pigeon, Cage Bird, Rabbit and Cavy Breeder will have its annual convention in Vienna in August. Finnish Rabbit Breeders will be represented in the meeting by the Finnish Rabbit and Rodent Breeders’ Federation, which has been a member to the European Association since 2016.
On the agenda of this three-day-assembly will be, among other things, discussion about rabbit-related matters and the next Europe-show which will take place in Kielce, Poland, in 2022.
Finnish Rabbit and Rodent Breeders’ Federation was accepted in the general meeting of the European Association of Poultry, Pigeon, Cage Bird, Rabbit and Cavy Breeders as a full member to represent Finnish rabbits in Europe. Association EE is publishing the European Standard for Rabbits and is The Forum for European level co-operation. In Vienna, our Federation was represented by the President.
Grand Gala 2016 will be open to all breeds represented by our Federation. The planning team is working hard to make the show suitable for all the rabbits and rodents. This is a challenge, because some of the rodents need noiseless or warm surroundings, but rabbit, for instance, appreciate a cooler place. Finland is a long country and the exhibition should take place in a town easily accessible for all the exhibitors and public no matter where in Finland they live.
The very first Federation’s Grand Gala was organised in Helsinki Hall of Culture some 25 years ago – if there are any photos or good memories left, please share them with us! All mail will be much appreciated. You can send your highlights to the address firstname.lastname@example.org.