In line with former sessions at previous IAHAIO world congresses, the presentation of "The Animals in the Law – A Global Perspective – update 2010" shows a broad comparative study on the legal recognition of animals in 36 different national regulations.
Based on a pattern of 18 crucial questions, the differences and similarities were shown in the positions of the animals in the law in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovnia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Liechtenstein, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, USA, and Venezuela. The focus on Switzerland as a special case is justified as it has more animal-friendly legal norms than most of the other investigated countries. That said, in Switzerland, there still are, of course, huge shortcomings in terms of animal-welfare law and much room for improvement.
TIR's presentation received a lot of approval and interest from the
international audience. In view of the next IAHAIO world congress (which
will take place in Denver/Colorado in 2013), the co-authors of the
study are considering to publish it internationally. By working together
more closely with the other nations, the foundation hopes to raise
awareness for the different incorporation of animal welfare regulations
into national laws and hopes to improve the status of the animal in the
law by working on stricter legal norms regarding animal welfare.