The committee behind the cow horn initiative IG Hornkuh
launched the initiative in 2014 with the intention of creating an incentive to refrain from dehorning cows and goats. The initiave was rejected by a narrow majority of 54.7 percent yesterday, after both the Federal Council and the Council of States had recommended its rejection in 2017, followed by the National Council in 2018.
TIR has long been opposed to the routine removal of animal horns, given that these organs are supplied with blood and nerves, and is greatly disappointed at the negative outcome of the initiative. TIR published a detailed legal opinion on the dehorning of cows as far back as 2011 where it concluded that the process of dehorning cows and goats, which is carried out for purely financial reasons, impairs the animals' ability to communicate and constitutes a disregard for their dignity. Animal dignity is protected on both the constitutional (article 120 paragraph 2 of the Federal Constitution) and a statutory (articles 3 litera a and 4 paragraph 2 of the Animal Welfare Act, AWA).