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Finnish law forces Saami reindeer herders out of their traditional livelihood!

September 28 2011
Press release by the Saami Council


The livelihood and cultural identity of four Saami reindeer herders in the Nellim area in northern Finland is threatened by a decision by the Ivalo reindeer co-operative implying that essentially the entire herd of the Nellim group should be forcefully slaughtered.

The Finnish Supreme Administrative Court has upheld the decision as legal under the Finnish Reindeer Herding Act. The Ivalo reindeer co-operative has announced that it will enforce its decision this week.