Housing systems

Mass-produced housing systems and installations may be placed on the market and sold in Switzerland only if they are licensed under the Swiss Animal Protection Act.

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The Centre for Proper Housing of Ruminants and Pigs (ZTHT) tests and licenses mass-produced housing systems and installations for the keeping of cattle, pigs, sheep and goats. For rabbits and poultry, the same task is assumed by the Centre for Proper Housing of Poultry and Rabbits (ZTHZ).

List of housing systems and installations

Only the housing systems appearing on this list may be sold in Switzerland.  

Testing and licensing procedure

Article 7 of the Animal Protection Act stipulates that the placing on the market and selling of mass-produced housing systems and installations for farm animals requires a licence. Licences are granted only if the requirements of species-appropriate husbandry are met.
Licence applications for cattle, pigs, goats and sheep are processed at the centre in Tänikon (ZTHT) and those for chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese and rabbits at the research centre in Zollikofen (ZTHZ).
Manufacturers and importers of housing systems and installations can request the necessary application forms directly from the centres or download them under “More information”. There you will also find more information on the testing and licensing procedure for housing systems. 

Last modification 07.02.2017

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