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Swiss Spotlight Animal Rights

Written by PETA | March 9, 2010
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The Alps. Chocolate. Here’s another reason to love la Suisse: Swiss laws already make it illegal to keep fish or any other naturally social animals isolated from others of their own species (no more lonely fish in bowls); require farmers to let horses and cattle out for exercise in winter; and require citizens to make sure that their companion dogs get exercise. And each year in Zurich, a government-paid “animal lawyer” represents between 150 and 200 animals whose rights have been violated in some way. Cases range from a woman with 149 cats to an incident involving an angler who kept a fish dangling on the line for too long.

So it’s no surprise that last weekend, 30 percent of Swiss citizens voted in favor of a referendum to expand Zurich’s groundbreaking approach to animal protection to the entire country. Although the referendum didn’t pass, the vote brought international attention to the importance of expanding and enforcing legal protections for animals. Swiss Animal Protection—the country’s largest animal rights organization—has already taken this opportunity to urge officials to step up their enforcement of the country’s stringent animal-welfare laws and new Animal Welfare Act.

If you could pass an animal protection law in your state, what would it be?

Written by Logan Scherer

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  • H. Greenwood says:

    Outlaw Breed Specific Legislation BSL. Laws that ban dogs by the way they look and not by their behavior are morally and ethically wrong!

  • MH says:

    I would make it so all hunters would have to take a sharpshooting class so they can kill their prey instantly and painlessly.

  • Toby Saunders says:

    I would outlaw the meatindustry altogether but to avoid an economic collapse or adding to a preexisting one I would raise taxes especially on wealthy people and on things like guns tobacco liquor…maybe paintball guns and make the change gradual by giving taxbreaks to veganrelated companies that would begin to replace the meatrelated ones and maybe subsidise their products… it’s difficult to imagine getting elected in Georgia with that kind of platform but I find it a more plausible fantasy set in the future hundreds of years?. I couldn’t get elected currently as an atheist for one thing so I can’t imagine realistically passing an animal protection law here without imagining a very different electorateculture.

  • Andre Inglis says:

    Kelly McDonald’s is horrible but so are any other meat suppliers including grocery stores. There are NO humane slaughter houses and factory. They are cause fear and despair from birth to death. The McCruelty campaign is happening because McDonald’s is one of the biggest suppliers of chicken meat which make them obligated to use a less cruel method of slaughter Controlled Atmosphere. If you REALLY want to make a difference Go Veg!

  • Andre Inglis says:

    Tax meat. No subsidation for meat. That can go towards fruits and vegetables. No selling of any live animals in supermarkets lobster fish… No spurs buckstraps and hot shots this would end the rodeo instantly.

  • moo.lennon. says:

    u see what i mean!everything good happens anywhere but cali…maybe ill start a revolution.”u say u want a revolution!well u know we all wanna change the world!..”

  • Kelly says:

    wow go Swiss people!! i would have a lot of laws i the others so far the circus one and the abusing one those are defenitly needed also it should be a law for fast food places and all food places that sell meat to kill their animals kindly i know that sounds stupid and personally i dont even think they should be killing animals in the first place but i mean not how mccdonalds and kfc kill their poor animals

  • Diana says:

    NO animals in circuses!

  • Aneliese says:

    Wow this is amazing to hear about! I would pass a law in my province that would make anyone who abuses an animal be charged and have a criminal record.