How Does Switzerland Get a Grade A in Animal Protection?
Switzerland has a long history of animal welfare protection, which can be legally traced back to the mid eighteenth century. In 2014, not surprisingly, it got a grade A on World Animal Protection‘s Animal Protection Index, a global overview of animal rights. To understand why this country has been widely acclaimed for its animal protection laws is to help us reflect on how we can do to better lives of our dear furry companions.
The awareness of animal welfare was deeply rooted in Swiss people’s mind. Early in the 1830s, vivisection was publicly opposed. In the following decades, more and more Swiss cantons took measures against public animal cruelty through legislation. In 1978, the Animal Welfare Act was passed with an 80% favor vote. Moreover, in 1992, it became the first country across the world to constitutionally recognize the dignity of non-human beings.
To make clear what a high level of animal welfare protection means, we just need to see several examples of Switzerland’s regulations on animal rights.
Dog bark control is illegal. All punitive barking inhibitors that shock or spray dogs to prevent them from barking have been illegalized since March 2018.
Social animals must be kept in pairs. For instance, pets like guinea pigs are born gregarious. To keep one alone can be seen as an intrusion of animals’ rights. This provision, since implemented, has spurred a new industry: animal renting.
Ban on live boiling of lobster. In Switzerland, before cooking a lobster, the chef is required to get the lobster stunned and lost of consciousness, before boiling it. To help animals die in peace in Switzerland can be traced back to 1893 when animal slaughtering without anesthesia got banned.
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