Love This Thinking: It’s Illegal to Keep Just One Guinea Pig in Switzerland
I came across this article at TheGuardian earlier today about the happiest countries as ranked by the U.N.: Which Countries are Happiest?
I clicked on it because, of course, who wouldn’t? Denmark and Norway are #1 and #2. Switzerland is #3 (the U.S. is #17).
What caught my eye about Switzerland was this (h/t to Roger, the guinea pig I had when I was about 10-years-old):
It’s illegal to keep just one guinea pig in Switzerland. You must have them in pairs and there is a “rent-a-guinea pig” service to provide companionship for lonely animals in their twilight years.
If a lawmaker here in the U.S. proposed such a law they’d be run out of the country. For all intents and purposes, animals don’t have rights here. They aren’t thought of as having feelings or needs. So bravo Switzerland. I can only imagine how the thought that guinea pigs need companionship radiates out into your wider society.
Entry filed under: Animals (Other Than Us).