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Swiss legislation to affect aquarum hobby
Now you can't keep even one loach.:lol:
I would be interested to know just how they plan to enforce and monitor such legislation.
Okay, here's a question: what if you have a group of ten loaches, and all but one was to die as a result of, for instance, heater failure. Does that mean that technically you are now breaking the law?
"Other animals covered under the new legislation are to include dogs, cats, cattle, horses, pigs, sheep, guinea pigs, lizards and rhinoceroses."
That has to be the funniest article I've read in months. :lol: That's just going a bit too far, in my oppinion. What do you guys think? I'm all for treating animals, including fish, ethically - but a legislation?! Kinda silly, I think.
Another attempt by the "new world order" to control the lives of the masses. Now keeping an aquarium can be placed can be placed in the same file as owning guns. The bad thing about all of this, "fish control" and "gun control", is that they are serious about it and it isn't funny!!
Not to turn this into too political of a debate, but I believe "fish control" and "gun control" are two very different things, though they share similarities.
Even the most lax of gun laws would still prohibit the abuse of guns, such as using them to rob people or kill innocents.
Fish, however, are living creatures and thus I think this law is only doing what it can to keep people from being irresponsible fish owners.
While I am of the philosophical camp that believes that human beings are rational agents while (almost all) animals are not, thus affording us more rights than animals, I do believe it is wrong to be unnessecarily cruel to animals.
I think the law seems to cross a few lines, though. You should be required to have at least a minimum level of care that assures that the animals' basic needs are met, but requiring aquarium owners to keep more than one of a social fish species just seems like an absurd requirement. Sure, it's definitely beneficial to keep social fish in groups, but keeping a solitary loach doesn't seem to offend on the same level as keeping a fish in a cramped, unfiltered tank that hasn't had a water change in years.
Hey, people are social animals too, so should parents be required to force their kids off of their Playstations and go make friends?
There is a commentary in that link that says Swiss are law-abiding people. I have never gone there but I was surprised to be honest that it also adds if your neighbors find out you broke the law by keeping fish in a manner not following what the law states, they will hand you over to the authorities.:shock:
That may not be such a bad idea. Parents need to be parents and PlayStations were never meant to be babysitters.
Eh...I'm very anti-paternalist. Just the libertarian streak in me...I don't think it's appropriate for the government to tell you how you should raise your kids unless you're causing them some obvious or immediate harm.
The Swiss aren't that law abiding, they failed to return millions stolen from the Jews during the days of Hitler. Only in the past few years have those treasures been traced to Swiss banks. I think that the Swiss people are basically a good lot. It only takes a few bad apples to ruin the lot or give the others a bad name.
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