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National Animal

The Elk

“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated”.

Mahatma Gandhi

Animals commonly seen in the wild

Marine fauna:

Grey seals, porpoises, eels, catfish, basking sharks, pikes, european perch, zanders.

Birds:

Golden eagles, swans, geese, partridges, pheasants, common wood pigeons, warblers, eiders, chaffinches, robins.

Land mammals:

Brown bears, wolverines, wolves, lynxes, beavers, elks, boars, bats.

Snakes and insects:

Grass snakes, mosquitoes, wasps, bees, sand lizards, adders.

Common sights you will not like

In the city and
on the road

There are some abandoned dogs and cats, especially during the holidays when their owners spend vacations in other places.

In the
Countryside

There are stray dogs and cats in rural areas. Horseback riding in the countryside meadows and the beaches is a popular activity among tourists.

Hunting or poaching:

Hunters must pay an annual hunting conservation fee and possess hunting permit. Animals commonly hunted are moose/elks, deer, beavers, hares, bears, lynxes and many species of birds such as grouses, eiders, partridges, pheasants, woodpigeons, crows, etc. Hunting season varies depending on the species. The protected animal species are enumerated in the Swedish Species Protection Ordinance (2007:845). Among which includes mammal, reptile, amphibian and insect species.

Animal fights:

Animal fights are illegal.

Main organization for animal rescue and sheltering:

Djurskyddet SPCA Sweden

Sanctuaries to visit or volunteer:

GotlandsDjurfristad

We have not included the treatment of animals in the meat/fur/leather industries, zoos or circuses, animal testing as it is unfortunately still happens in most countries.

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