Yesterday, the upper chamber of Parliament (National Council) adopted the proposal that was presented in Parliament in December 2019 (see news release of December 18, 2019
) with 144 votes in favor, thirty-one against and nine abstentions, thereby deciding not to follow the Federal Council's recommendation to reject the motion. The latter argued with concerns regarding the compatibility of an import ban with Switzerland's international trade obligations and potential enforcement difficulties.
Currently, Switzerland requires the declaration of fur products. All fur products offered for sale must indicate the animal species from which the fur originates, where the animal lived and how it was kept or hunted. In TIR's opinion, however, simply declaring the animal's origin is not enough. According to Swiss animal welfare law, the fur production methods commonly used abroad constitute clear cruelty to animals. Therefore, furs and fur products obtained by such methods should not be allowed to enter Switzerland at all. An import ban on fur products derived from cruelty to animals is therefore urgently needed. A ban is the only way to prevent domestic demand from promoting forms of fur production abroad that are clearly rejected by a large part of the Swiss population.