TIR pleased with outcome of Zurich's voting results: electorate rejects proposed amendment to cantonal dog law
Almost 70% of Zurich's voters rejected an amendment to the cantonal dog legislation, which would have resulted in the abolition of compulsory training courses for dog owners. The Zürcher Tierschutz (Zurich Aimal Welfare Association) and the Stiftung für das Tier im Recht (TIR) are in favor of compulsory training and recommended rejection of the amendment prior to the vote. The training courses serve not only to protect humans but also to ensure the wellbeing of dogs.
February 11, 2019
Prior to the parliamentary consultations, the Zürcher Tierschutz and TIR had already spoken out in favor of the compulsory cantonal training courses. The organizations therefore backed the referendum against the proposed amendment to the dog legislation and support the State Council's plans to simplify the compulsory training while extending it to all dog breeds.
The training courses are particularly important from an animal welfare perspective. They significantly contribute to promoting correct, animal-friendly treatment of dogs and also to protecting their general wellbeing by giving new dog owners the chance to learn non-violent training methods and how to build a consistent and loving relationship with their dogs.
The training obligation in the canton of Zurich is a preventive measure and is intended to help participants better fulfill their responsibilities as dog owners. This is in contrast to measures that only take effect once a dog has already suffered from mistreatment or has already posed a risk to humans or other animals or even injured someone.
Further information on the German version of this news release.