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Reptile Owners Criticised For Neglecting Animals' Welfare

(MENAFN- Swissinfo) Enclosure sizes for reptiles often fail to meet the minimum legal requirements © Keystone / Alessandro Della Valle

Many reptiles are kept in improper conditions in Switzerland, with owners unaware that legal regulations exist for the animals' welfare, according to an animal protection organisation. An online tool now aims to raise awareness of how to look after the animals correctly.

This content was published on August 16, 2022 - 17:24 August 16, 2022 - 17:24 Keystone-SDA/ts

The“calculator for taking care of animalsExternal link”, launched by the Swiss Animal Welfare Association (STS) on Tuesday, enables owners to calculate easily and quickly minimum legal requirements, enclosure sizes and facilities recommended by the STS.

Reptiles are popular pets in Switzerland, the association said on Tuesday. Hermann's tortoises, corn snakes, leopard geckos and other reptiles live in 3.5% of all households, so in around 132,000 households.

Following an anonymously conducted survey, the STS wrote of“worrying results”. It found evidence of at least one violation of animal protection legislation in half the 97 reptile homes it examined.


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