An import ban for fur products from animals that have been subject to animal cruelty is therefore urgently needed.
A fur ban would be the only way to prevent the domestic demand from promoting fur production forms abroad that are clearly rejected by a large part of the Swiss population. In a legal opinion written in cooperation with experts in the field of international law, TIR has demonstrated that an import ban would be compatible with Switzerland’s international trade obligations, contrary to the concerns expressed by the Federal Council and the Committees for Science, Education and Culture (CSEC) of the National Council and the Council of States (Rüttimann Andreas/Gerritsen Vanessa/Blattner Charlotte, Zulässigkeit von Beschränkungen des Handels mit tierquälerisch hergestellten Pelzprodukten, Schriften zum Tier im Recht, Band 16, Zürich/Basel/Genf 2017).
We therefore welcome the current push for an import ban on fur products from animals that have been subject to animal cruelty and are pleased that Mr. Aebischer has taken up TIR’s arguments and legal conclusions in his motion. For the proposal to be accepted, it must be approved by both the National Council and the Council of States. TIR calls on both councils to accept the motion and thus set an example for animal welfare.