Lobsters will from now on be stunned before being put to death. Switzerland has banned the practice on Wednesday 10 January, and will take effect by March 1st.
Scientific evidence shows that lobsters, and other invertebrates, such as crayfish and crabs, feel pain. Other countries such as Norway, New Zealand and Switzerland, some Australian territories, and some parts of Germany and Italy have included the decapod crustaceans in their animal welfare legislation.
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Although pigs are actually one of world's cleanest creatures – despite their reputation to the contrary – cleaning up after them is a challenging task. The bulk, gas emissions and associated odours give pig manure a bad name. But if you know how to extract them, there are value nutrients secreted in the slurry. The EU-funded EfficientHeat project has advanced waste disposal while giving pig farmers the potential to turn manure into money.
Project acronym: EFFICIENTHEAT
Participants: Spain (Coordinator),Switzerland, France, Finland
Project reference 277624
Total cost: € 1 372 637
EU contribution: € 1 084 300
Duration: April 2008 – March 2013
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Facing the problem of cat overpopulation, the Swiss authorities would like to implement a new very strict legislation including mandatory sterilisation, a one-cat policy and even a curfew for cats having outdoor access. Currently it is estimated 1,4 Million of cats in Switzerland.
The scientific and legal platform CAROcat created in 2013, promotes responsible ownership of cats through sterilisation, identification and registration, veterinary care but fore and foremost education. For more information, please visit http://www.carocat.eu. This new prject of legislation is partially embracing these basic elements.
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The Swiss Animal Welfare Organisation Tier Im Recht together with three other animal welfare organisations including FOUR PAWS Switzerland has created a "Alliance Animale Suisse" (Swiss Animal Alliance) in order to promote animal welfare at the political and legal level.
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Title: 1st Annual European Animal Law Conference "The Animal Turn and the Law, Interdisciplinary Perspectives and New Directions in Animal Law
Date: 4 and 5 April 2014
Location: Law School of the University of Basel, Pro Iure Auditorium, Peter Merian-Weg 8 CH-4002 Basel, Switzerland
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Stiftung für das Tier im Recht, a Swiss based animal welfare law organisation has published a Report on the penalties given by Swiss Court in 2013 for animal abuse
The Report: http://www.tierimrecht.org/de/PDF_Files_gesammelt/Zusammenfassung.pdf
A recent survey of the swiss animal protection (PSA) has shown that half of the swiss citizen are not aware of breeding conditions of cattle. A third of them are mislead by advertisments showing cattle in the grass, and do not know that the animals are often spending their all life indoor.
More information on http://www.swissinfo.ch/fre/nouvelles_agence/international/Consommateurs_de_viande_mal_informes_sur_les_conditions_delevage.html?cid=37366272
Julika Fitzi, the new President of the Swiss Veterinarians Society is asking for more transparency in veterinary bills. Today, in Switzerland, like in many EU Countries, no common rules exist regarding prices charged by veterinarians. Mrs Fitzi would like to settle down rules of harmonisation of prices, in coordination with the Swiss Competition Council.
More information on http://www.lematin.ch/suisse/La-transparence-des-tarifs-veterinaires-doit-etre-amelioree/story/31021516
In Switzerland, in 2012, 1404 cases of animal abuse were registered, representing 158 more than in 2011 . French-speaking cantons are less diligent in prosecuting those who abuse their animals than the national average.
The Swiss canton with the most of prosecution is the canton of St. Gallen with 248 prosecutions (5.09 per 10,000 inhabitants). In this canton, there is a special full time prosecutor to deal with these issues.
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