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There is an estimated 140,000 stray cats in Sweden. Credit: Ewan Macdonald/TT

Vets welcome new animal welfare law

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The government wants to make it illegal to abandon cats and will ban circuses from having elephants and sea lions, as Sweden's thirty year old animal welfare law is updated.

On Tuesday, the government presented an outline of its proposal for a new law, which largely is based on a government commissioned study from 2011.

Radio Sweden spoke to Johan Beck-Friis, spokesperson for the Swedish Veterinary Association, who was part of an expert panel in that study. He says it is "high time" for a new animal welfare law. 

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