Animal Rights in Germany vs. Switzerland

1901 WordsJun 20, 20188 Pages
For the second and final country journal assignment of the semester, I elected to compare and contrast the statutes regarding animal rights in Germany and Switzerland. While conducting my research, I came to the realization as a whole, both Germany and Switzerland often rank in the top 5 countries worldwide when it comes to discussions and statistics on environmental policies and animal rights and are considered progressive in these areas. However, though both are considered progressive countries, the methods used to enforce animal regulations, as well as the history behind the current statues, are quite different. Animal rights activists have played a major role in changing how animals are viewed and treating in many countries,…show more content…
Activist across the country call for the preservation of the dignity of animals on the basis that animals are sentient living beings, much like humans. While there is no origin for the nationwide support of animal rights, much of the country is in favor of the amendments and animal protection acts that have been established throughout Switzerland. In a 2010 poll, 70% of the population was in favor of the government hiring numerous lawyers to go to defend the rights of animals. According to researchers, the movement for animal rights in Germany found its justification in a different area; xenophobia. Within Nazi Germany there was a definite emphasis on labeling Jewish shechita as “wrong” and associating vivisection with their culture (Evans 1). This association was widely accepted by the anti-Semitic Nazi supporters. Similarly, in 2002, public uproar occurred after the Supreme Court granted a practicing Muslim the permission to perform a ritual slaughter involving “unnecessary cruelty”. Animal activist used the public outcry to increase awareness of the constitutional amendment for animal rights and claimed that the animals had been denied basic constitutional rights. This event led to public support for an amendment that stated that both the environment, and animals, are to be afforded protection by the German government and places them on the same level as Basic Human Rights. With
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