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Animal laws at national level - Switzerland
(anti-cruelty, protection and welfare)

Switzerland
Animal Welfare Act

 

Animal Welfare Ordinance

 

Swiss Civil Code
Provision:
Art. 641a :
1- Animals are not objects.
2- Where no special provisions exist for animals, they are subject to the provisions governing objects.

English version
Original version (French)
Original version (German)
Original version (Italian)
Original version (Romansh)

 

Federal Constitution of the Swiss Confederation
Bundesverfassung der Schweizerischen Eidgenossenschaft

Adopted in:
1999
Principle:
Dignity
Provision:
Art. 120:
"2. The Confederation shall legislate on the use of reproductive and genetic material from animals, plants and other organisms. In doing so, it shall take account of the dignity of living beings as well as the safety of human beings, animals and the environment, and shall protect the genetic diversity of animal and plant species."

Official english version
Original version (German)
Original version (Italian)
Original version (French)
Original version (Romansh)

 

Constitution of the Republic and Canton of Geneva
Constitution de la République et canton de Genève

Adopted in:
1847
Last amended:
1974
Principle:
No hunting
Provision:
Art.162:
"Hunting mammals and birds is prohibited. The official measures regulating wildlife are reserved."
(unofficial translation)

Original version (French)

 

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