Protocol on Water and Health

The sanitation quality of water in Switzerland remains good

Swiss consumers have access to good quality water: that is what the FSVO and the FOEN have been able to assess based on criteria suggested by WHO in its Protocol on Water and Health. For the first time, the results concerning the quality of drinking water are representative of the whole country. The data comes from twenty cantons and covers more than 77% of the country‚Äôs population, compared to 35% in the previous report. 

Animal experimentation

Animal experimentation

Animal experiments in 2018: fewer laboratory animals used

In 2018, the number of animals used for experiments in Switzerland was 586,643. This is 4.6% less than in 2017. Compared with 2009, the number of animals used has fallen by more than 16.9%. In 2018, most of the animals (71.1%) were used in experiments that involved little if any stress (severity grades 0 and 1). Around 26.2% of the animals were exposed to a moderate degree of stress (severity grade 2) and 2.7% to severe stress (severity grade 3).



New recommendations on the humane killing of reptiles

An important step has been taken towards improving animal welfare conditions: the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has adopted recommendations on the humane killing of reptiles. The recommendations were drawn up under the leadership of Switzerland.
For the first time, global recommendations exist for the humane killing of commercially used reptiles. This is an important step in improving animal welfare conditions in the production of reptile leather for the luxury goods industry.

Good to know

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Conference on species conservation in Geneva

In Geneva, the conference of parties to the CITES convention has discussed some initial topics after the inaugural address by Federal Councillor Alain Berset. These include protection for the European eel, which is also a key topic for Switzerland.

Brochure Before you travel

What you need to know before travelling

Most travellers are unaware of the risks associated with returning from abroad with certain foods, souvenirs of animal origin or live animals. The FSVO recaps the main information you need to know.

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The car – a fatal trap for animals

Leaving animals in a parked car on hot days can have dramatic consequences, even if the windows are open and the car is in the shade. Dogs are especially sensitive. If you discover a dog in a parked car, call the police immediately.

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