Keeping of pets and wild animals

The Swiss Animal Welfare Act (AniWA) and Animal Protection Ordinance (AniPO) regulate the keeping and breeding of pets and wild animals, as well as the training requirements for their owners and keepers. They also specify prohibited actions in relation to animals.

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Pets are animals which are kept in the household out of interest in the animal or as companions: they include dogs, cats, ferrets, rodents, rabbits and many other species.

Ornamental birds and fish, snakes, turtles and parrots are also included, as are birds of prey, pigeons and quails. However, it should not be forgotten that these creatures are wild animals, even if they are kept in captivity.

Fisheries and hunting fall primarily within the responsibility of the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN).

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Last modification 07.02.2022

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