Ill-treatment: Swiss do not want lawyers for animals

On February 24, the Swiss population was asked to vote for or against the creation of a lawyer's post to defend maltreated animals in every Swiss canton, such as one already exists in Zurich, since 1992.

The Swiss say "no" to pet advocates

But the majority said "no" after the referendum initiated by Swiss Animal Protection (PSA), as had recommended the government and the right-wing parties of the country.

Why did the Swiss people refuse this proposal to strengthen respect for t and the application of the law in force concerning the defense of the animals?

The local newspapers question themselves, and according to The Time , the Helvetii have wanted to pose a brake on attempts to put people and animals on an equal footing

The legislation is already very strict in Switzerland. Entering into force in 2008, it prohibits in particular the throwing of its goldfish into the toilets, and compels the owners of certain animals, belonging to sociable species such as the guinea pig or the parakeet, to offer at least one companion to their pet. animal to prevent him from feeling alone and therefore unhappy.

A violation of this Animal Protection Act can be punished by a fine of up to 10,000 Swiss francs (8,000 euros) .

The PSA had gone out of their way to convince the Swiss. But perhaps she did too much by betting on the tearful, underlines The Tribune of Geneva . For the daily, the association has " shot in the foot with a propaganda thoroughly playing on the emotions .

A country loving and respectful of animals

But refusal Swiss does not mean that they are indifferent to the fate of animals. Far from there. The very strict legislation proves this, as well as the number of pets in the country.

There are 1.35 million cats and 500,000 dogs in our Helvetian neighbors. And for the well-being of their four-legged friends, the Swiss do not hesitate to spend money, a lot of money.

A recent study indicated that 295 million Swiss francs (240 million euros ) were spent every year for cats, and 115 million (about 93 million) for dogs. Sums not taking veterinarian's fees into account.

Unlike France, where animals are still considered furniture and therefore could not be represented by a lawyer, Switzerland has also ended to the status of animal things , since 2004