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

Switzerland

 

Animal Welfare Act

Tierschutzgesetz (TSchG)

Adopted in:

2005


Consolidated in:

2014


Entered into force:

1 sept 2008


 

Animal Welfare Ordinance

Tierschutzverordnung (TSchV)

Adopted in:

2008


Consolidated in:

2011


 

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.


 

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."


 

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)


 

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