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Brexit

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Brexit: New regulations from 1.1.2021

As from 1 January 2021, the nations of England, Scotland and Wales that are part of the United Kingdom will be considered as third countries from the perspective of veterinary and food law. This means that new regulations will apply to the entry of animals and animal products.

Illegal trafficking in fauna and flora

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Stricter sanctions for illegal trafficking in protected fauna and flora

The Federal Council adopted the dispatch on the amendment of the Federal Act on Trade in Protected Species of Animals and Plants (BGCITES). The amendment is intended to strengthen criminal sanctions, in particular in serious cases of illicit trafficking. The aim is to ensure more effective protection of endangered species of animals and plants.

Animal experimentation

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Animal experiments in 2019: further decrease in the number of animals used for experiments

A total of 572 069 animals were subjected to animal experimentation in Switzerland in 2019. According to the animal experimentation statistics of the FSVO this corresponds to a decrease of 2.5 % compared to 2018. 3.2 % of the animals used were subjected to experiments that involved severe constraint. Experiments involving moderate to severe constraint on the animals have increased.

Species conservation

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Seizures of shawls made from Tibetan antelope wool

In 2019, the FSVO and the Swiss Federal Customs Administration seized 79 shawls made from shahtoosh wool. Three to five antelopes are killed in order to produce each shawl, which is why these animals are threatened with extinction. The consistently high number of seizures shows that the trade in these “shawls of shame” is an ongoing issue. 

Good to know

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Food safety survey:

The FSVO has conducted a survey on interest and confidence in food safety in Switzerland. Over 1000 people took part online and by telephone.

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Animals are not gifts

Animals should not be given as gifts at Christmas or on any other occasion. They are not goods that can simply be exchanged. A pet takes a lot of time, work and money.

The declaring of furs needs to be improved

The 2019/2020 report on fur declaration inspections shows that significant knowledge gaps remain in the sector. Some rejections were due to the complete absence of a declaration. Based on the knowledge gained, the FSVO will provide more information to points of sale and tighten up on enforcement.

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