Based on 18 different criteria, we compared the legal standing of the human-animal relationship in Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, Great Britain, the USA, and Switzerland. The overall outcome of this presentation showed that all researched states possessed some animal-friendly norms in certain parts of their legislation (especially in their civil laws), but from an animal welfare perspective on the human-animal relationship, there are huge shortcomings in other areas of the law.
The presentation of Dr. iur. Antoine F. Goetschel and Dr. iur. Gieri Bolliger found favor with the international audience of the congress. With a view to the next IAHAIO congress in Tokyo, in 2007, we decided to continue our research and include additional states and different aspects of the animal in the law into the comparison. This requires the cooperation with jurisprudents, veterinarians or animal welfare organizations of different nations, with the Stiftung für das Tier im Recht offering to assume the role of project director.
Following this presentation, cooperations with experts from Great Britain, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, and Italy could be established. This network of cooperations shall continually be expanded over the course of time.