There are various definitions of welfare for different species and production methods. The names on food packaging can be confusing, as eggs, milk and minced meat are sold under various trade names that may not necessarily provide a true picture of how the animals have been treated. This guide will help consumers assess the attention paid to animal welfare in the various production methods used for Finnish animal-based products. The starting point is a meat package in the refrigerated display cabinet, an egg carton on the shelf or a milk carton in the refrigerator.
Some of the production animal farms in Finland have voluntarily committed to the terms of the animal welfare compensation system. Producers receive compensation in return for any actions improving the welfare of animals that exceed the minimum legal requirements. The commercially maintained animal health care monitoring systems, Sikava and Naseva, are also in use in Finland. Over 90% of pig farms are members of Sikava and about 70% of dairy and cattle farms are members of Naseva. However, no information is provided on consumer packaging stating that a production animal farm has committed to an animal health care monitoring system or the animal welfare compensation system.