Switzerland referendum on lawyers for animals

| 07/03/2010

Cayman Islands News, World news(BBC): A nationwide referendum is taking place in Switzerland on a proposal to give animals the constitutional right to be represented in court. Animal rights groups say appointing state-funded animal lawyers would ensure animal welfare laws are upheld, and help prevent cases of cruelty. Opponents say Switzerland does not need more legislation regarding animal protection. The Swiss government has recommended that voters reject the idea. There is already one animal lawyer in Switzerland. Zurich has made legal representation for animalsin cruelty cases compulsory since 1992.

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