The Foundation for Animals in Law (TIR) has been monitoring media coverage of fires in livestock farms for several years. Despite the lack of statistics, it can be assumed that several hundred animals die each year in Switzerland due to smoke poisoning or fire in their stables. Rescuing individual animals in the event of a fire is practically impossible, especially in the case of difficult-to-access barn compartments or very large numbers of animals, which is why precautions against such losses are particularly important. Nevertheless, in many cases, fire protection measures are not sufficiently implemented.
A legal obligation to prevent fire damage can already be derived from existing animal protection regulations. For example, anyone who keeps or cares for animals must provide them with the accommodation necessary for their welfare. Furthermore, the animal keeper must immediately rectify any defects in facilities that affect the well-being of the animals or take suitable measures to protect the animals. In addition to these generally formulated animal keeper obligations, however, animal welfare legislation in Switzerland does not specify detailed requirements with regard to protection against damage caused by stable fires.
In order to both increase legal certainty and prevent further avoidable
fires, TIR is calling for a clear provision to be added to the Animal