TIR has contributed to the following achievements:
In 2003, Swiss law finally went from qualifying animals as objects to recognizing them as independent living beings;
Since 2008, the Swiss Animal Welfare Act explicitly protects the dignity of animals;
The competent law enforcement authorities are taking animal cruelty and other animal welfare-related offenses much more seriously than in the past and the number of corresponding criminal proceedings has risen significantly throughout Switzerland;
In 2009, the Federal Supreme Court dealt with animal experiments for the first time and prohibited certain experiments on primates, thus profoundly influencing licensing practices;
The import of dolphins and whales into Switzerland was prohibited in 2013;
In 2006, political and societal tendencies of hostility towards dogs were prevented from being hastily adopted into federal law.
The new Swiss animal welfare legislation explicitly prohibited sexual activities with animals in 2008;
Animal welfare law is no longer perceived as a marginal topic, but is now recognized by attorneys-at-law and academics as an independent subject;
Authorities can make use of valuable enforcement tools, which TIR, with the help of external experts, develops and makes available in the form of specialized publications and online services;
The TIR library, with the largest literary collection in the German-speaking area on animals in law, ethics, and society, is open to the interested public and free of charge;
All Swiss criminal decisions regarding animal welfare law that have been reported to the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO) since 1982 are registered in a comprehensive database and can be retrieved free of charge in anonymized form;
Students and practitioners are increasingly interested in animal welfare law, are specializing in the relevant fields, and are contributing to its development through academic work;
Thanks to the various services provided by TIR, animal owners are fully informed and in a position to better assume their great responsibility towards their animals.