Animal welfare

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Crossing borders with animals – safely!

A holiday with your dog, moving countries with your cat: there are many reasons why you may need to cross a border with animals. The Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO) offers help on crossing borders with pets correctly on its website and warns against illegal animal imports.



Ukrainian refugees with dogs or cats

Many people are fleeing Ukraine. Dogs and cats brought by their owners may enter Switzerland even if not all import conditions are met. Owners intending to enter Switzerland are asked to fill in the appropriate form.

Animal experimentation

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Number of animal experiments also decreased in 2020

30.08.2021: The recent statistics on animal experimentation show: in 2020, the total number of animals used decreased. Since 2015, the use of animals has decreased by about 18 percent overall. Experiments involving moderate to severe constraint to animals have decreased overall by 6.3 percent compared to the previous year. However, the percentage of animals subjected to severe constraint has increased to 3.5 percent.

Illegal trafficking in fauna and flora

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Tougher penalties for illegal trade in protected plants and animals

From 1 March 2022, tougher criminal sanctions will apply to the illegal trade in internationally protected animal and plant species. The Federal Council has passed an amendment of the relevant federal act and implementing provisions. Serious cases of illegal trade will now be treated as crimes.

Good to know


More zoonoses - hygiene remains important (in French)

The monitoring of zoonoses shows that the number of cases in Switzerland in 2021 has again increased; campylobacterioses and salmonelloses being reported most frequently. Simple measures in the kitchen can prevent some illnesses to some extent.
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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.


Swiss dried meat in Japan

As of the end of September 2021 Swiss exporters of products based on bovine meat (e.g. dried meat) once again have access to the Japanese market. After many years of negotiations and several inspections by the Japanese authorities Japan has lifted the embargo on importations of fresh bovine meat and products based on bovine meat (embargo initially introduced during the ‘mad cow’ crisis 30 years ago). Up to now, only the USA, Canada, France and Brazil could export these products to Japan.

Travelling with pets

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