UPDATE: Looks like the fount of wisdom that is The Time’s Online lost a thing or two in the translation. Lucky for us, informed Zooillogix reader and sometimes D&D player, Dragon’s Sorrow End, has set the record straight.
The government of Switzerland has passed the most comprehensive laws in the history of pet ownership to protect the well being of social animals. In hopes of creating an “informed population,” the laws cover everything from guinea pigs to rhinoceroses. Here are some of the more interesting regulations:
- Dog owners are required to become qualified in a two-part course before legally owning their pets
- Professional fishermen must attend classes in compassion
- Aquariums cannot be transparent on all sides and natural light cycles of day and night must be maintained.
Traditional euthanization methods will no longer be tolerated.
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- Special chemicals will be issued for putting goldfish to death (no more execution by flushing)
- Social animals must cohabit or at least have contact with their own kind
- Horses, goats and sheep can only be tethered for a certain length of time
- Pigs, cows and other hoofed mammals cannot be kept in spaces with hard floors
“The aim is not only to ensure treatment of animals appropriate to each species, but also to decrease the risk of attacks by dangerous dogs. Inappropriate treatment could lead to behavioural disorders,” said Hans Wyss, head of the Swiss Federal Veterinary Office.
A note on the government’s official website explains, “Guinea-pigs are very sensitive social animals. They are interesting to look at, but not at all appropriate to be cuddled or carried around by children.” But they make such a funny noise when you squeeze them!
20 to life…