The IAHAIO world congress takes place every three years and provides an important platform for experts from all over the world where they can exchange knowledge in matters of the human-animal relationship.
As was the case during previously held congresses, this year, TIR was once again given the chance to contribute its knowledge on the legal issues aspects of theis the human-animal relationship.
In line with their workshop on the topic “ Animals in the Law – A Global Perspective – Update 2007” Antoine F. Goetschel and Gieri Bolliger presented a broad comparative study on the legal recognition of animals in 18 different national regulations. The framework, which was already used in Glasgow in 2004, contains information on 18 crucial questions regarding the relation between human beings and animals. It was expanded during the last three years in order to present a very capacious comparison of those 18 nations to the audience in Tokyo. TIR foundation showcased Swiss law alongside the legal positions of Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Greece, Denmark, UK, Canada, USA, Argentina, Japan, South Korea, China, South Africa, and New Zealand in order to critically compare and review them.
One of the interesting results of this study is that, to some extent, Switzerland does actually have more animal-friendly legal norms than most of the other investigated countries. However, there are still, of course, huge shortcomings in terms of animal welfare law in our country and a lot of improvement still needs to be done.
The presentation of TIR gained a lot of approval and interest from the international audience. In view of the next IAHAIO world congress (which will take place in Stockholm in 2010) the foundationTIR is considering to further expand the study by using and also improving the already existing network of relationships between the different nations.