Animal Hospitals to Doubt, or Support, New Required Pet Services

January 7, 2017

in Cats

As with every enforced amendment, we’re likely to hear more from veterinary doctors, as well as pet owners, about the forthcoming Swiss pet housing and care laws. There will no doubt be supporters, and opponents, of the arrangement.

We’ve all heard that No Man is an Island, and in accordance with the Swiss Federal Council, on September 1, 2008, no guinea pig or budgie should be either.

The new guidelines aren’t targeted only at owners of cavies and budgies, but include 175 pages of regulations that apply to circuses, ranches, and zoos, as well as individuals that possess other domesticated animals.

Proponents of the new laws, prospected to be enforced in September 2010, include the animals whose care is in question, as well as those concerned about unemployment rates in Switzerland. There will be manpower required to enforce these laws, as well as trainers needed to educate pet owners.

Though established with the welfare of our animal friends in mind, these pending Swiss pet regulations have been met with a certain dose of skepticism.

Opponents question the potential of these 175 pages to bring order. For instance,

How can minimum cage sizes for budgies and guinea pigs be uniformly enforced?

How will a literal ban on dog possession for those who haven’t completed a dog ownership course be enforced? What will happen to canines whose owners are out of compliance?

How will the people of Geneva, where tight dog ownership policies are already in force, react to an additional 16 hours of required education?

Farther out of the budgie budget are minimum cage size requirements for large animals, such as elephants and rhinoceroses. Cleanliness guidelines apply to zoos and circuses, which the Swiss government reserves the right to enforce.

Farmers are likely to zoo out about the upcoming enforcement. Some rules are established, like the ban of chicken cages since 1981, but others might come as a surprise. Long term tethering of animals is now out of the question, while swine have earned the right to showers on hot summer days and clean pens all year round. And horses, like guinea pigs and budgies, will no longer be living solitary lives.

In the same way, breeders are going to have to rear a new viewpoint in regard to care of animals on their properties.

The newest Swiss animal ownership laws will not go into full effect until September of 2010, and until they do, the Swiss government wants to stress their desire to encourage education, rather than to enforce with a strong arm. This, however, does not indicate a lax attitude on their part, when penalties are called for. If an incident, such as a dog bite, calls for action, action will be taken.

You may own a seemingly indiscernible pet, like a budgie or guinea pig, or a run an association that displays the largest land mammal alive. Whichever way, be prepared for education, restrictions, and tougher environment.

The greatest plan of action for any animal owner will undeniably be to familiarize him or herself with the rules that relate to their specific pet ownership circumstances.

Whether you’re a lifelong Geneva native or a newcomer to Switzerland, animal ownership education is not an option, it’s now a requirement.

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